He was convinced that the bank in which the Italian FA had stored the World Cup would not be secure and thus he pinched it and kept the priceless trophy under his bed in a shoebox to keep it safe during the war. Outside the South Korean embassy in Mexico City, fans chanted "Corea, hermano, ya eres Mexicano", which translates to "Korea, brother, you're now Mexican".
Frustrated Germans, including their goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, moved forward to score a goal.
Longer-term, I would be wary of being too cocky where German football is concerned. We had our chances and kept on playing all the time but it just didn't work.
Asked if Germany going home made it an even more satisfying evening, the 55-year-old said: "Never in a million years, you play the game and then wish everyone the best for the next one". We were rightly eliminated from the tournament.
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But when all seemed lost in Yekaterinburg, South Korea's Kim Young-Gwon broke through with a goal in stoppage time in Kazan to put South Korea up 1-0 over Germany, and a three-goal deficit might as well have been 30 for Mexico faithful.
While Germany headed into the tournament as defending champions, their form was far from befitting a team expected to challenge for a fifth World Cup.
Team manager Oliver Bierhoff said he assumed that Loew, who led Germany to their triumph in Brazil four years ago, would remain in his position.
Another loss for South Korea after this match was the injury of captain Ki Sung-yueng, who has been controlling the team's midfield.
After a draw against Switzerland in their opening match, Brazil's in a groove again, winning two in a row, including Wednesday's game against Serbia 2-0. A 3-0 win over Australia in their last game was scant consolation. "The disappointment is deep inside me".