Germany coach Joachim Low is certain his side will eventually turn their promise into trophies.
Another inquest was beginning today after the 2-1 Euro 2012 defeat by Italy, with 1990 World Cup-winning coach Franz Beckenbauer describing the Nationalmannschaft's performance as "lifeless".
It was the third time in four major tournaments that Germany had crashed out at the semi-final stage.
It is a sorry tale of woe for a country used to collecting major prizes and means they have still not lifted a trophy since Euro 96. However, Low is using Spain as an example.
"It's hard to win a title," he said.
"Spain waited years. It's a learning process for us, playing at this top level with these strong teams."
Low said Germany have improved since their third-place finish in the 2010 World Cup and can look back with pride at the Euros, where they set a new record of 15 consecutive victories in competitive games.
"The team has really moved forward in the last two years," he said.
"We didn't make it (against Italy), but there'll be other chances in the future."
Low conceded Germany were the architects of their own downfall last night, with poor defending leading to both Italy goals. "We didn't do well defensively twice, didn't pay attention and made mistakes."
Now Germany must respond during a World Cup qualifying group including fellow Euro 2012 contenders the Republic of Ireland and Sweden, from which only one side will definitely go through.
"I don't think we'll change things around. We still have a very young team," added Low.