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Germany: 14 years of Sad Hockey

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Germany has played in five top international hockey tournaments since the Berlin Wall fell.  Their record against good teams is a sad 1-17:

 

Year Team Goals Team Goals
1996 Germany 1 Sweden 6
1996 Germany 3 Finland 8
1996 Germany 7 Czech 1
1996 Germany 1 Canada 4
2002 Germany 2 Czech 8
2002 Germany 2 Canada 3
2002 Germany 1 Sweden 7
2002 Germany 0 USA 5
2004 Germany 2 Sweden 5
2004 Germany 0 Finland 3
2004 Germany 2 Czech 7
2004 Germany 1 Finland 2
2006 Germany 0 Finland 2
2006 Germany 1 Canada 5
2006 Germany 1 Czech 4
2010 Germany 0 Sweden 2
2010 Germany 0 Finland 5
2010 Germany 2 Canada 8
Total 26 85

 

Whatever sadness any other country's fans have experienced, it doesn't seem like it compares.  Germany had a solid win against the Czechs in the 1996 World Cup and followed it up with precisely zero games in which they managed three goals, even though they've always been knocking on the door to establish themselves as a top team.  And it's not as though they've been particularly unlucky - their pythagorean winning percentage is 8.9% or 1.5 wins out of 18 games.