The champions' curse was only meant to last for one World Cup! Germany thought they were done with embarrassment on the global stage after their groups-stage exit in 2018, but the football gods had other plans for Hansi Flick's team in Qatar.
Germany's loss to Japan in their opening game ultimately cost them this time around, and the 2014 winners have now backed that up by falling at the first hurdle in each of the next two tournaments.
Factor in their last-16 exit at Euro 2020, and it has not been a stellar run for German football, meaning there is immense pressure on Flick to restore one of the sport's most decorated international teams to their former glories, and quickly.
Germany, of course, are the hosts of the next European Championship in 2024, and so the clock is already ticking on making sure they are able to challenge for more silverware on home soil.
But what about the next World Cup? The likes of Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller have surely graced the tournament for the final time, so how will the team look when the United States, Canada and Mexico host in three-and-a-half years' time?
GOAL has had a go at figuring it all out...