: Beaten, but not bowed after the 1-0 World Cup semifinal defeat to Spain, Germany's media was already looking forward four years to the next tournament in Brazil, with characteristic German confidence.

“The World Cup dream is destroyed! Spain was simply a bridge too far for our young team. This 1-0 defeat in the semifinal was deserved,” said the mass circulation Bild daily.

“But keep your heads high, boys! Because we'll be bringing the trophy back in four years from the next World Cup in Brazil.”

The Die Welt daily was also brimming with confidence for the next World Cup, writing on its front page: “1954, 1974, 1990 ... 2014,” the years Germany has held aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy and the year they hope they will do so again.

“This team can do a great deal in the next few years,” the paper wrote in an editorial.

Berlin's popular regional paper BZ said: “Spain too strong, Jogi's boys too young,” referring to coach Joachim Loew. “This young German team is one for the future.” “Was it too much respect for their big name players? Or did the high expectations simply get to our heroes?” But Die Welt also chose to praise the German team for its style of play during the tournament which has won it fans throughout the footballing world. — AFP

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