Published On: Wed, Jul 9th, 2014

The night that broke a nation’s heart

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Something was lost to Brazilian football yesterday that will never be recovered, not in this generation or perhaps many more to come.

Brazil National Football Team spent the previous four days weeping for Neymar. They will spend the rest of their lives grieving about Tuesday, July 8th, and the day that Brazilians were demolished by Germans in their own country and during a World Cup official Semifinal Game.

“Ordem e Progresso” (Order and Progress) it says on the Brazilian flag. Disorder and chaos on the pitch. What happens to Luiz Felipe Scolari now is anyone’s guess. He says that he will be in charge for the third-place play-off on Saturday, which cruelly gives this team four more days together at their mountain-top camp in Teresopolis, with a hostile populace at the gates.

After the game, the Brazil coach presented himself for cross-examination with humility and quiet fortitude. He deluded himself a little that there was “nothing that could be done” about that run of goals in the first half but there was one moment that stood out when he was asked to assess his legacy as a World Cup winner in 2002, and then the man who presided over this disaster.

Brazil had never lost a World Cup game by more than three goals

Brazil had never lost a World Cup game by more than three goals

Later on, a stampede at Copacabana beach ended an abysmal evening for Brazil fans watching their team’s 7-1 humiliation by Germany.

There were rumours of an arrastão at the iconic beach in Rio de Janeiro – a mass robbery where thieves run through crowds inciting panic and snatching bags along the way.

But police said that a fight between fans started the stampede and although at least seven people were arrested for theft during the game, they all happened in different places.

Reports of gunshots fired at the beach were not confirmed.

The confusion started near at the Fifa Fan Fest near the Copacabana Palace when Brazil were already 3-0 down.

Two teenagers declared that they were later surrounded by 10 people outside the hotel and robbed of their backpacks and keys.

Police had prepared for riots and there were concerns before the semi-final that a bad result would reignite the anger over huge Government spending on the World Cup that led to violent clashes in the months before.

Elsewhere in Brazil, fights broke out among fans and both the German and Brazilian flags were burned in anger.

Riot police were reportedly called to another Fifa Fan Fest screening in Recife, when disturbances started in the crowd after Germany’s first goal.

In Sao Paulo, local media reported that at least 12 buses were set alight in a garage and an electronics shop was looted by angry fans.

It was the worst defeat the Brazilian national team has suffered, with the misery compounded by its arrival as the country hosted the World Cup.

The team’s coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, called it “the worst day of my life”.

Dozens of youth snatching bags, phones and jewelry sparked a stampede on the beach at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday where fans gathered to watch Brazil play Germany in the semi-final match of the World Cup.


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