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Thursday 28 August 2014

Irish soccer fan snatches match ball from Brazil's World Cup humiliation

Darragh Collins

Published 14/07/2014 | 10:06

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An emotional Brazil fan reacts after they lost 7-1 to Germany in their World Cup semi-final. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
An emotional Brazil fan reacts after they lost 7-1 to Germany but their was joy for one Irish soccer fan from the game

One Irish fan escaped with a priceless memento from the worst defeat in the history of Brazilian football.

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Kevin Treanor and his son, Oisín were seated behind the goal during the semi final tie which saw eventual champions Germany demolish Brazil in a 7-1 drubbing in Belo Horizonte last Tuesday.

When a rare shot from Brazilian winger Bernard soared into the stands the Monaghan native caught the ball and held on tight.

Kevin who now lives in Boston, was determined to smuggle the ball, which even had the date of the game and “Brazil v Germany” written on it out of the stadium without being caught.

Speaking to Monaghan station, Northern Sound, Kevin said: “Other supporters were trying to grab the ball off him [Oisín], but I has a tricolour which I wrapped round it and I said to my son, “Let’s get out of here.”

Another unique feature of the ball was that it also contained a mark from when Chelsea forward Andre Schürrle smashed the crossbar with the Germans seventh goal.

Kevin, who was also in attendance at the World Cup Final last night has admitted that he does not feel any guilt over taking the ball.

German soccer fans celebrate after the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in downtown Frankfurt, Germany, early Monday, July 14, 2014.  Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win its fourth World Cup title. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
German soccer fans celebrate after the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in downtown Frankfurt
German soccer fans celebrate after the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in downtown Frankfurt, Germany, early Monday, July 14, 2014.  Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win its fourth World Cup title. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
German soccer fans celebrate after the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in downtown Frankfurt
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  (L-R) Former Brazilian international Kaka, former Brazilian international Pele and former England international David Beckham look on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Former Brazilian international Kaka, former Brazilian international Pele and former England international David Beckham look on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“Fifa can afford to lose a ball. I’m sure they wont go bankrupt, I still can’t believe this has happened.”

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