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With World Cup dream over, Germany looks ahead

sports Updated: Jul 08, 2010 15:27 IST

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Spain burst Germany's World Cup bubble, but the nation is already looking ahead to the next tournament in 2014. After Joachim Loew's young German team lost the semifinal 1-0, the Berliner Kurier tabloid on Thursday lamented: "The football god only understood Spanish."

The mass-circulation Bild plastered its front page with a picture of devastated midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and the words: "The dream is over!"

But it added: "Chin up, boys! So we'll take the cup in four years."

The daily Die Welt also looked ahead to Germany's fourth title, predicting on its front page: "54, 74, 90 - 2014 ..." Media Control, which measures television ratings, said German viewer figures for the match on Wednesday averaged 31.1 million - a record for a World Cup game. Germany's population is 82 million.