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
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.
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
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.