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What a disgrace: Brazil suffers a shameful defeat to Germany

What a disgrace: Brazil suffers a shameful defeat to Germany

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on July 09, 2014

The knives were out in the Brazilian press as soon as the final whistle sounded in Belo Horizonte following the Seleção's record breaking defeat.

The Brazilian press pulled no punches in the wake of the Seleção’s humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany on Tuesday.

The hopes and expectations that Brazil carried into the tournament turned to dust at the Mineirão, with Joachim Low’s side ruthlessly exposing the hosts’ flaws.

“The disgrace of all disgraces” read the GloboEsporte headline, followed by: “Massacred tactically and technically, Brazil suffer the worst defeat of all time.”

Reporter Alexandre Loretti did not beat about the bush. “In 10, 20 or 50 years, they will tell Brazilians that the Seleção, back in 2014, lost a World Cup semi-final to Germany, on home soil, 7-1. This article is for those who were just children at the time or had not even been born. Hopefully they find the game on the internet and try to explain to those who were at the Mineirão, or the 200million watching the massacre from home, what no words can express.”

Lance! went for a similar angle. “The biggest shame in history,” read its on-site headline, with Valdomiro Neto lamenting “the most disgraceful defeat of all time for the country known around the world as the football nation.” “A historic humiliation,” chimed in Estadão, leading on Luiz Felipe Scolari’s admission of responsibility after the game.

Paulo Vinícius Coelho of ESPN Brasil was a touch more measured, if no less damning. “Conceding four goals in six minutes is rare. It happens when there’s emotional instability, but also for tactical reasons. Brazil’s midfield was open and spread out."

“Mineiraço,” howled the home page of the Folha de São Paulo, accompanied by a picture of Scolari holding up seven fingers. Bernard, glaring at his coach, looks like he has seen a ghost – probably the one from 1950 which will now have some company.

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