It was statistics and it was the game so far and it was the love for the Brazilian Football team – the reasons for cheering for Brazil, until July 9. It came naturally for the Football fans across the world. Yes, Germany is a legendary Football team as well but when it comes to choosing between Brazil and Germany for a third country Football fan, the Brazilian fans would far outnumber the German fans, when it comes to a World Cup match – at least this was the case before the Brazil-Germany World Cup 2014 semifinal match.
It was supported by facts like Brazil had never lost a match at home in 39 years as the FIFA World Cup app says. But that was before this Brazil Vs Germany match on July 9.
Brazil faced Germany in 2002 World Cup final where Brazil outpaced the Germans to lift their 5th World Cup Crown. Germans had their sweet revenge and in style when they paid back the 2-0 loss of 2002 final with the 1-7 victory of the 2014 semifinal. The victory margin is huge and it gives Germany the edge in celebrating the feat even if the Brazilian team played like a novice with no defence and defanged attack.
Yes, the love for the Brazilians Football and the prayers for it to win a World Cup are not going to die because of it but the foundation of it has been shaken pretty well. How can the mere absence of two players push a team to perform so childishly?
And the bad show was not a fluke, was not by chance on a bad day, because the show continued in the next match – against Netherlands, played for the 3rd place – and again they loss it massive 3-0!
There were talks of redemption but it never came. Instead, the humiliation got even more pinching. The two goals within 17 minutes of the match sealed the fate. The fall had no check and the defence still didn’t work, even if Thiago Silva returned to reinforce it promising us ‘the guarantee to play this game like the final’.
Cannot say what it was – the hangover, the aftermath or something else – but whenever the Brazilians made moves to the Netherlands goalpost – it was preordained with the feeling that it was not going to work – and none of the moves could be converted – and the Brazilian team’s misery of the day (and of its fans) got only worsened with Netherlands getting the last goal in the first minute of the additional time.
Even Scolari’s smaller dream to secure the 3rd place proved too big for the Brazilian team of the day to deliver. And again, they failed to secure even a honourbale defeat.
I am not a Football fan but I love the World Cup and would have loved to see Brazil winning it and I would pray for a quick redemption of the Brazilian Football.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/