Sunday 28 December 2014

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

Darragh Collins

Published 14/07/2014 | 10:06

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.

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.

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
German soccer fans celebrate after the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in downtown Frankfurt, Germany
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
German soccer fans celebrate their team after Germany won against Argentina by 1-0 at the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro
A Lebanese fan supporting Germany's national soccer team performs fire breathing as he celebrates with others after Germany won the World Cup final match against Argentina, in Beirut, Lebanon
Fans of Germany sing at a party after Germany's victory over Argentina in the 2014 Brazil World Cup final match in Rio de Janeiro
German fans celebrate after a public viewing of the 2014 Brazil World Cup final match against Argentina, at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro
German fans celebrate at the 'Reeperbahn' red light district in Hamburg after Germany won the World Cup soccer final against Argentina
German fans celebrate as they drive along the 'Reeperbahn' red light district in Hamburg after Germany won the World Cup soccer final against Argentina
Argentina supporters react after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, during a screening at a beach in Rincon de la Victoria, near Malaga
German soccer fans react after the final match of the Brazil World Cup 2014 between Germany and Argentna played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at a public viewing area called 'Fan Mile' in Berlin
An Argentina supporter reacts as she watches a screening after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, at a beach in Rincon de la Victoria, near Malaga
Fans of Germany celebrate after Germany won the 2014 World Cup final match against Argentina, in Kolkata
An Argentina supporter reacts as he watches the 2014 Brazil World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina, at an Argentinian restaurant in Toronto July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
An Argentina fan crosses her fingers as she watches a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup final against Germany at the Argentine Embassy in Brasilia, July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Argentine fans react during the broadcast of the 2014 World Cup final match against Germany at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Argentine fans react during the broadcast of the 2014 World Cup final match against Germany at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
An Argentina fan reacts while watching a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup final against Germany at the Argentine embassy in Brasilia, July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
An Argentina fan reacts while watching a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup final against Germany at the Argentine embassy in Brasilia, July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
An Argentina fan reacts while watching a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup final between Argentina and Germany at the Argentine embassy in Brasilia, July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Argentina's fans watch a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, between Germany and Argentina at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires, July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
Argentina's fans watch a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, between Germany and Argentina at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Martin Acosta
An Argentina supporter reacts as she watches the 2014 Brazil World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina, at an Argentinian restaurant in Toronto July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
An Argentina supporter reacts as he watches the 2014 Brazil World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina, at an Argentinian restaurant in Toronto July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
German troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) watch the 2014 Brazil World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina at a NATO base in Kabul July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
German troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) watch the 2014 Brazil World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina at a NATO base in Kabul July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Argentina supporters react as they watch the 2014 Brazil World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina, at an Argentinian restaurant in Toronto July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Argentina supporters react as they watch the 2014 Brazil World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina, at an Argentinian restaurant in Toronto July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Fans of Germany react as they watch the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina in Brazil at a public screening of the match in Berlin July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Musician Mick Jagger looks on during 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 Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Fans of Germany watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate on July 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Fans of Germany watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate on July 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Fans react at a watch party during the World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina July 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Musician Mick Jagger looks on during 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 Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
German fans at Hophaus get into the spirit while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina on July 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Football fans supporting the German national team watch the FIFA World Cup final on a big screen in the 'Bavarian Beerhouse' pub in East London on July 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
German fans gather for the big game
Football fans supporting the German national team watch the FIFA World Cup final on a big screen in the 'Bavarian Beerhouse' pub in East London on July 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Football fans supporting the German national team watch the FIFA World Cup final on a big screen in the 'Bavarian Beerhouse' pub in East London on July 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
German fans at Hophaus react after conceding a goal that was later ruled offside while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina on July 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
German fans at Hophaus react while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina on July 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Lena, girlfriend of Julian Draxler of Germany, looks on during 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 Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers watch the 2014 World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina in a cafe on the sixth day of Israel's operation 'Protective Edge' on July 13, 2014 in Sderot, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Football fans supporting the German national team watch the FIFA World Cup final on a big screen in the 'Bavarian Beerhouse' pub in East London on July 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Former England international David Beckham and sons Brooklyn Beckham (L), Cruz Beckham (2nd R) and Romeo Beckham (R) 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 Michael Steele/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)

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.

“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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