Football experts put das boot into Brazilians

13:30, Jul 09 2014
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Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar misses in a diving save.
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Brazil defence left stunned as Germany power home one of their five first half goals in the World Cup semifinal.
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Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates one of his two goals in the first half of the World Cup semifinal.
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Miroslav Klose slides on his knees in celebration after scoring Germany's fourth goal.
Fernandinho sinks into the net as Germany go ahead 5-0.
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Toni Kroos drives home a shot on goal.
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Marcelo is swept off his feet by a sliding tackle by Germany captain Philipp Lahm.
Marcelo buries his head in his hands as hapless Brazil go down to Germany.
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Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates the 7-1 thrashing of Brazil.
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David Luiz cries after Brazil's World Cup dream was ended by a dynamic Germany.
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Brazil goalkeeper goes to ground in the semifinal loss against Germany.
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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari consoles Oscar after Germany beat them 7-1.
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Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal in the 7-1 thrashing of Brazil.
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Stand-in Brazil captain David Luiz protests to referee Marco Rodriguez after a challenge in the semifinal.
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Germany coach Joachim Loew comforts Brazil defender David Luiz after the World Cup semifinal.

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".

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A young football fan wears a Hulk mask in support of star Brazil player Hulk.
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A football fan shows his colour at Mineirao stadium.
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German fans didn't want to be outdone.
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It's an all-ages gig at the stadium.
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Mick Jagger was spotted in the crowd at the stadium.
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There's more than one way to score in a football game.
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Brazil might need some superhero help to get them home after losing their own superstar Neymar.
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Fan fervour is reaching fever pitch as Brazil and Germany warm up for the semifinal.
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It's all green and yellow at Mineirao stadium as fans gather for the Brazil vs Germany football World Cup semifinal.
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German player girlfriends Lena Gercke and Mandy Capristo amongst the 62,000 fans at Estadio Mineirao.
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Outnumbered, but Germany fans won't be outspoken.
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The trophy will be theirs...
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Estadio Mineirao - fit for a World Cup semifinal.
MEANWHILE IN BERLIN: Thousands of fans celebrate at the fanzone near the Brandenburg Gate.
TEARS FOR BRAZIL: A fan looks on in disbelief as Germany go ahead 5-0.
STUNNED: Brazil fans can't believe their World Cup dream's nigh on over.
A NATION BROKEN: A Brazilian woman looks on in disbelief as Germany ruins the nation's World Cup dream.
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Brazil fans on Copacabana Beach watch the calamity unfold.
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A dejected Brazil fan watches on.
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A German fan shows his delight as his side wipes the floor with Brazil.
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Disbelief for Brazil fans after the World Cup hosts bundled out of the tournament by Germany.
Germany fans wave their colours with pride at Estadio Mineirao.
There were cheeky looks in the crowd from Germany fans as Brazilians looked for solace.
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Tears for Brazil.
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Brazil fans watching the semifinal against Germany on Copacabana Beach devastated by 7-1 loss.
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A football fan shows his fury at Brazil after their embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany.
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A boy looks on in disbelief after his team Brazil is beaten 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals.
Brazilian fans react to their crushing defeat.

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".


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FURIOUS FANS: It wasn't just international media getting angry with Brazil, some fans were fanning the fury too.

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.

"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."