Brazil players should never wear 'sacred uniform' again, press says
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Brazil was in a state of mourning following the national football team’s humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany on Tuesday, with the national press leveling scorn against athletes and team staff alike.
The World Cup semi-final match in Belo Horizonte, which Germany already led 5-0 before half-time, has gone down as Brazil’s worst defeat ever.
“The biggest humiliation in the history of Brazilian football,” an editorial in the Estadao daily titled.
“To lose is one thing. It’s normal, even if it’s painful. But to lose that way the team did is completely inexcusable. We don’t like to crucify anyone, but those players tainted a jersey that features five stars,” the newspaper said in reference to Brazil’s five previous World Cup titles.
“This team ushered in the darkest moment of Brazilian football’s history,” the Estadao added, demanding that the all of the team’s staff resign and that the players pledge to never wear the “sacred uniform" again.
The daily did not specify if the same fate should befall star striker Neymar and captain Thiago Silva, who were both absent from the pitch on Tuesday. Neymar was out with a back injury, while Silva was forced to watch from the sidelines following two yellow cards in consecutive games.
Worse than 1950
The press was quick to draw comparisons to Brazil at-home defeat in the final of the 1950 World Cup against Uruguay. Columnists widely agreed that Tuesday’s trouncing at the hands of the Germans was far more embarrassing and traumatic.
Meia Hora, a popular daily from Rio de Janeiro, refused to publish a front page in protest.
“No front page” the newspaper printed in bold white letters against a black background on Wednesday, adding further below, “While you read this… Germany will have scored another goal.”
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff quickly took to Twitter to share in the grief of her country. “Like all Brazilians, I am very, very sad about the defeat,” she said on the micro-blogging website.
No light at the end of the tunnel
In an editorial in Brazil’s leading newspaper, the Folha de Sao Paulo, sports columnist Marcel Rizzo said the country felt like a “street-dog”.
Brazil coach Felipe Scolari immediately said he accepted full responsibility for the beating, but the Brazilian press was not ready to forgive him or reduce its contempt for the players.
“The sentence that sums up what happened was said by Daniel Alves: Brazil is the country of football, but does not own football. Not anymore,” wrote the Folha’s Rizzo.
“There is not much to do. This generation of players is weak, the training staff is passed its expiration date… we don’t have 11 Neymars, and even looking for a foreign coach will probably not fix the problem because the right players are missing.”