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Saturday 23 August 2014

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

Published 09/07/2014 | 11:49

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

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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
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 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
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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