Football experts put das boot into Brazilians

Last updated 17:10 09/07/2014
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Football experts around the world are condemning the hapless Brazilians to the scrap heap while heaping praise on the efficient German performance following their 7-1 World Cup semi-final victory.

The Brazilian media were perhaps the most scathing of their fallen stars.

Lance! described the loss as the "biggest shame of history".

The paper said the humiliation would eclipse the World Cup final loss the team suffered in 1950 at the hands of Uruguay.

Sixty-four years ago Brazil cried over the "great drama" of the 2-1 loss, but today's capitulation would have the country gushing tears of humiliation, it said.

Correio Braziliense said it was "the biggest embarrassment in the history of Brazilian football".

Brazil coach Felipe Scolari had taken responsibility for the team's worst loss in 100 years, it said.

Estado de Minas said it was a "massacre", while Estadao was similarly punishing and said it was a "historical humiliation".

The news didn't get any better when the British media decided to start putting the boot in.

The Daily Mail's Neil Ashton didn't hold back and said the Brazilian vanishing act on the field meant they should be wiped from the history of the game.

"The vanishing foam being used to make sure defensive walls retreat a full ten yards at the World Cup will come in handy over the next few days.

"No-one in this country of 200m football obsessives will ever want to see this Brazil team ever again after they lost this World Cup semifinal 7-1.

"They should be scrubbed out, wiped from the history of the game after they were picked off by Joachim Low's rampant Germany team."

The Guardian's football writer, Daniel Taylor, was not as strong in his criticism, but said Germany had removed the crown of football royalty from Brazil's head.

"By the time they [Germany] had finished, Brazil had suffered an ignominy that was so extreme and implausible it made it feel as though a black marker pen had been taken to the pages of their football history."

The Telegraph's Paul Heyward said the indignity of this night will haunt Brazilian football for generations.

"Brazil spent $11 billion on a national calamity.

"The world's greatest football nation was left numb, humiliated and flummoxed as five German goals flew into their net in the first 29 minutes of a crushing 7-1 defeat.

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"Neymar was not the only one missing in action. It was true of Brazil's whole defence, discipline and structure."

Meanwhile the German papers were having a field day with the triumph.

The country's biggest paper, Die Zeit, said Germany had humiliated the World Cup hosts and let off a trail of superlatives to start it's celebration of the victory.

"Great. Courageous. Flawless. With the most successful World Cup goal scorers of all time. Rousing. Fabulous. Incredible.

However, no list of superlatives could ever match the German team's performance, it said.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung cleverly described the performance as the seventh wonder of the football world.

"It was surreal and historic," it said.

The evening of Belo Horizonte would go down in the German World Cup history more than any other date, it said.

Frankfurter Rundschau said it was "a victory for the history books" and "Germany takes Brazil apart like an old rust bucket in the junkyard".

One group of people who can sympathise with the Brazilian players about World Cup humiliations are England football greats.

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand told BBC: "How these players are going to recover I don't know."

Former England striker Alan Shearer was also worried for the boys in yellow and blue.

"I would worry that the Brazilian players might never recover from this. Some might not be able to come back from this. Big Phil [Brazil coach] is looking like he is saying to the players 'leave it to me'."

Meanwhile both were quick to congratulate Germany for their ruthless display.

Ferdinand: "I think Germany have shown glimpses of this leading up to this. This is a generation of players who are getting used to winning. They have to go and win it now."

Shearer: "The Germans showed what they were made of but the second half shows their mentality that they wanted more goals. That is how ruthless they are."

Juninho Paulista, who was part of Brazil's 2002 World Cup success, told BBC some of the players on the pitch would never play for Brazil again.

"It will be difficult to recover. Some players I don't think will be back to wear the Brazilian shirt. It is wrong now to criticise the players.

"On the field Germany taught us how to play football, we have to learn from that."

He went on to say that Brazil needed to change their style of play if they are to ever be competitive on the world stage.

"Germans played the way we liked to play so we need to sit back, see what is wrong with Brazilian football. Especially in the academies, the way we teach them to play. A lot of change will need to come."

- Stuff

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