Saturday 27 December 2014

‘Do you ever want to remember it happened?’ – Brazilian media reaction to World Cup thrashing

Published 09/07/2014 | 11:49

The reaction in the Brazilian media was a combination of disbelief and anger following their embarrassing World Cup exit at the hands of Germany.

Phil Scolari’s team were sent packing after their 7-1 reversal in Belo Horizonte in what was one of the worst results in the illustrious footballing nation’s history.

Scolari has asked for forgiveness from the general public, but the media have demonstrated little mercy in light of the World Cup humbling.

''Historic Disgrace'' read the massive headline on the website of the Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil's most influential newspaper.

A Brazil fan (C) clutches a replica of the World Cup trophy as a Germany fan (R) celebrates after their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A Brazil fan (C) clutches a replica of the World Cup trophy as a Germany fan (R) celebrates after their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
A Brazil soccer fan reacts while watching a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at the Mangueira slum in Rio de Janeiro, July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Brazil fans sit dejected on the beach after the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Brazil's players pose before their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP) TOPCUP
A Brazil fan reacts after the 2014 World Cup semi-finals between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Brazil fans react while holding a mask of Neymar after the 2014 World Cup semi-finals between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Brazil's David Luiz (L) and Thiago Silva react after they lost their during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray
Fans of Brazil react after their loss to Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
A Brazil fan holds a Neymar mask after the team's 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
Brazil's Marcelo (R) is comforted by Germany's coach Joachim Loew after Brazil lost their during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray
Brazilian fans react to their team's loss at the end of their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Brazilian fans react to their team's loss at the end of their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Germany's Thomas Mueller (L) and Bastian Schweinsteiger console their fellow Bayern Munich teammate, Brazil's Dante, after their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (R) consoles Oscar after losing their 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Brazil's David Luiz cries after his team lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
A Brazil fan covers his face after the team's 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
A Brazil fan cries as she watches the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at a fan area in Brasilia, July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Brazil's David Luiz (L) is consoled by teammate Thiago Silva after their loss to Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
A Brazil fan reacts during the team's 2014 World Cup semi-finals against Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Brazil's Oscar (front) is consoled by Germany's Miroslav Klose (L) and Andre Schuerrle after their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Brazil fans hold trophies upside down after the 2014 World Cup semi-finals between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
A Brazil soccer fan walks in the rain after watching a broadcast of their team's loss against Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-final match, in Rio de Janeiro July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
A Brazil soccer fan walks in the rain after watching a broadcast of their team's loss against Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-final match, in Rio de Janeiro July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
Brazil soccer fans walk in the rain after watching a broadcast of their team's loss against Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-final match, in Rio de Janeiro July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

''Brazilian football was reduced to dust,'' said main sports columnist Juca Kfouri, adding that Brazil was now one of two nations to have hosted and lost the World Cup twice.

The front page of a local paper in Belo Horizonte highlighted a distraught fan with the caption 'Do you even want to remember what happened?'

The Folha website had a picture of Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari signaling to a player with seven fingers aloft and reproduced a gallery of crying fans.

The Globoesporte website, part of the Globo media empire, called the result the 'Disgrace of Disgraces', in an ironic reference to President Dilma Rousseff's repeated claims - and tweets - that this would be the World Cup of all World Cups.

The Hoje newspaper printed a cover page all-black in colour, with five of six stars coloured in yellow to highlight their World Cup successes, accompanied by the word ‘Vergonha’ which translates as ‘shame’.

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