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Brazil's KO becomes open question for Dilma's re-election and social unrest

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Brazilians cried, cursed their president and covered their faces in shame after their beloved football team's humiliating 7-1 thrashing by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals Tuesday. President Dilma Rousseff twitted how sad she was with defeat but called on Brazilians “we won't let ourselves stay down”. Read full article


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  • Trunce!

    Those Euians - who'd have thunk it!

    Cheer up guys - it's only a game : )

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 07:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    In Brazil, football defines them.

    It was probably a blessing that it was pouring with rain and the majority of people headed home.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 08:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • willi1

    excuse me: I´m German.
    I must say that the German team from yesterday was a complete different team of the last matches in the preliminary round although they looked as if it were the same players.
    In fact one has the feeling of “that cant be real.” Sorry for the Brazzis but shit happens.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 08:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    And the German team played outstanding football.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 09:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    3 don't need to make excuses for being German.....anymore...

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 09:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    @4 Elaine.

    That's the problem, they always do!

    I wasn't watching the match until I read on line that Brazil were losing badly, I tuned into MOTD and the score was 5-0. I was flabbergasted! Just could not believe it.

    Congratulations to Germany for reaching the final, I have a feeling we are in for a treat.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    What do we think? An all European final in South America?

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    I haven't yet “forgiven” Germans for the First and Second World Wars. Especially the Second. With your “We didn't know what was happening” bullshit. I can also get quite annoyed about the EU or, as it is better known, the Fourth Friendlier Reich.

    BUT, on this occasion, well done. Congratulations. Excellent work. Especially impressed at the almost complete whitewash. Did you actually have to let them have a goal? Wouldn't 8-0 have been better?

    I expect you'll be playing the Dutch in the final. In the unlikely event that you're faced with argieland, bear in mind two points. First, argies cheat. Remember the “Hand of God”? Be alert. Second, your performance IS important. Your aim should be 10-0. Wipe 'em out. For preference, don't let them even touch the ball.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    I lived in both Germany and Holland for ten years. Matches between them are always a big thing. In Holland, the country is painted orange and literally comes to a standstill.

    I would like to see Holland in the final and to be honest I would be pleased for whoever lifted cup.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    You took the words right out of my mouth.....
    ...was always backing Germany for the final, but against Holland would be a treat... as I reckon Germany would slaughter Argentina...

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    @10 The Voice

    You miss the word “AGAIN” at the end of your comment ;-)

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    Seen the same image of a 8-9yr old bespectacled Brazilian boy weeping after that 5 goal/30 minute onslaught about half a dozen times now. Poor kid.

    @9 RC

    Agreed. Three WC finals and three losses. The Dutch are overdue.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    ..some things are better left unsaid.... cool would it be....a Derby for the cup and a Derby for the scraps.....
    ...for any Yanks reading that would be Dar-bee....

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Not sure which of the games would be more entertaining.

    Holland v Germany or Brazil v Argentina.

    If it plays out like that, it will certainly be one for the books.

    Anyway, by this time tomorrow, we'll know.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Great football, and both teams should be congratulated..

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 11:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Today the Dutch just need to out fox Messi...
    It's inconceivable that we'll ever see such a devastating loss like the debacle yesterday
    ...the Orangemen have preformed extremely well against some very remarkable teams. The Argentines have had an easy ride so far, but tomorrow they'll be severely threatened.
    I'm cheering that Brazil wins 3rd place with Argentina in 4th...

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 11:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I thought the first picture was particulary amusing, closely followed by the fifth!

    DILMA OUT, etc, etc!

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 12:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CJvR

    If this had been a boxing match the referee would have stopped it after the brutal 3 & 4-0 combination. Letting it go on for 60 more minutes was just cruel.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 12:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Brazil now know what it is like to be a Scottish football fan !

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 12:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext


    A mercy rule? Ordinarily I might agree with you, but a couple of years ago, during the qualies, Sweden came back from a 4-0 deficit to draw 4-4. Never say never...

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    “ argies cheat”

    Have you seen Robben play?

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 12:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    18. And what about the German fans and others that paid to see at least 90 minutes?? KO in boxing is when a guy that is in the floor is physically unable to continue the fight. The 11 players of Brazil could continue, nothing physical was stopping them. . It simply the humiliating score they have to put up with.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 01:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    CD I think CJvR's tongue was firmly in his cheek with his comment....

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 01:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    Well I've heard panelists of sports programs asking themselves seriously last night if a new rule should be put in place that at a certain goal difference in the first half you should already have a match given in.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    @19. Clyde. Perhaps a Queen of the South fan? Suggest that they should open a partnership agreement with Brazil maybe?

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 03:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jmackiej

    @ 3 Willi1 - excuse me: I´m German.

    Welcome on board mate, last night we all wished we were German.
    Great team, Great fans.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 03:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext


    It was an extraordinary game - I've never seen anything like what happened in the first half-hour, between two 'evenly matched' teams. Brazil hadn't lost a home game in something like 45 games before this one. Lots of people were shocked by the result - perhaps those panellists are just reflecting that mood.

    Unlike the game I mentioned above - also against Germany - Brazil had nothing left after half-time. It was like a wake in some ways. Nothing very enjoyable about watching a country of 200 million people being humiliated for 45 minutes. Doesn't matter though, that's one change that is never going to happen.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 05:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Have to congratulate the German team...7 x 1 was just fantastic. It put an end to the arrogance of many, in that “we are the best”, and all that shit... but best of all, it has made Brazilians wake up to reality a bit sooner than they would have liked to, and perhaps now, will be able to see the 11-12 billion USD spent on the Cup, as a BIIIG mistake.
    Funny thing is that Lula , the 9-fingered a.hole, only 10 days ago, was criticizing Japan's performane in the World Cup, and said they deserved to be eliminated, and that their mediocrity is a result of them giving importance to only Health and Education... as if that were something bad..... Well, Mr. Brainless Wonder, the 11 years of PT rule have contributed absolutely nothing to Brazil's Health and Education, but has contributed USD 12 billion to a historical defeat, which I hope will not be soon forgotten. Suck it up Lula & Dilma !

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 05:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Anyone see Brassie? I've been looking throw the articles but I assume he must be either crying or preparing to riot. Rather pathetic I would say that they had tell the German fans not to leave the stadium until the got a few platoons of police and soldiers to protect because their were serious concerns for their lives.

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 07:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    .....and there will be more to come.....
    Euro 2016...
    Group D: GERMANY, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar.
    ...Oh dear....

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 07:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    No doubts who will win that group then?

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 08:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Here's something you might not have expected...I'm watching the match, rooting for the Netherlands. Never expected to be rooting against Cristina's side (and haven't changed politically!) but I have my reasons =)

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 08:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    I hear the Brazilian team have a new sponsor, 7UP. :-)

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 09:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Brazil's new football anthem, “One is the loneliest number.”

    Jul 09th, 2014 - 10:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Well done Argentina for making it to the finals...
    ...but the match....I was tempted to paint the walls in the TV lounge so that I could watch the paint dry....

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 12:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Seems Brazil was rooting for the Netherlands. Gotta love that SA one for all and all for one. I also think Dilma should have kept her criticism to herself with the other losing teams.

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 12:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fbear

    28 So you would prefer living under the dictatorship and the crooks who run fiitball in Brasil. Well, you shitheaded parrot for the right wingers, try reading what Romario a world class footballer and member of Congress has to say. It's on his Facebook page and in Globo. Frankly, I would prefer anything Lula and Dilma have done for Brasil to what the dictators and the elite and their party suckups have failed to do for 500 years or so. Romario whose party is aligned with the administration takes Dilma to task for not putting the skids o FIFA and the futebol crooks, but he clearly says where the real crooks hang out and who they are loyal to. Your name of choice tells volumes about where you get your ideas. But the 40 million brasileiros raised to the middle class by the PT movement and the expenditure over 7 years of what amounts to 0.65 percent of the education budget for ONE year, speaks well of holding government spending down for this event. Other expenditures will give all Brasil better infrastructure for years to come. I live here; I see what's going on, and I know who the real problems are and what the parrots regularly have to say n their behalf.

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 02:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Be serious

    Boring game, neither Holland nor Argentina deserved to play in the final.
    Germany shouldn't get carried away either, they were flattered by a very poor Brazil team. Sunday will be one of the most boring finals in footy history.
    Watching Argentina and Brazil scrap for third place would have been a better spectacle harnessing some of the genuine dislike the two countries feel for each other.

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 06:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    It was interesting watching the Brazilian spectators as their team spectacularly bombed out, all the grown men crying, it is just football after all, next week they can count how much money they spent and look forward how much they need to shell out on the Olympics.
    I'm not sure the Brazilian people are sharing the love at all - I predict a riot.

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 08:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    $12 billion.


    Jul 10th, 2014 - 12:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Four facts:

    1. Our elections are coming in October, 2014. Dilma still has her supporters.
    2. The Olympics' are coming in 2016, with a budget and added oversight.
    3. The Hollanders are welcome as kinsmen in Brasil. Fortaleza, in the Nordeste, at one time was a Dutch colony.
    4. I stayed on the beach in Porto Das Dunas to watch the Brasil-Germany game in Belo. The undercurrent obviously was that we would most likely lose the game with two of our best not playing. No melodrama as overplayed in the media, which by reading one would think we were lined up in the street to all commit mass Seppuku. And I will be there for the Final, Caipirinha in hand.

    It's a game here which we enjoy, and are mostly proud to host.

    And (last fact) Argentina will be pounded by Germany.

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 06:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Thanks Botinho! Good to hear from you.

    Ps. Love the final comment!

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 09:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @37 Yr opening statement just shows what a tiny brain you have, i.e., presuming you have one. I don’t know where you got that I like living under “the dictatorship and the crooks who run football in Brazil”...first of all, it is not the CBF that runs Brazil, although it could be, as they are ALL crooks, starting with your beloved 9-fingered asshole. Second, I’m well aware of what Romario has had to say against the football establishment here, and I support him. But Congress and the PT have given him little or no attention . As to your love for Lulla, the PT and their pseudo-interest in the well being of the Brazilian people, you have every right to suck up all their false propaganda and lies...a free society guarantees that. My name of choice is none of your fucking business and you are a real asshole if you think you have a crystal ball. “40 miilion Brazilians raised to the middle class” ?? are you fucking joking ? so you think that the 15 million families, who come to about 30 million lazy buggars who have accomodated themselves with the ‘Bolsa Familia’ handouts , plus a part of the people who still live in “favelas” are now middle class...maybe, considering the PT’s re-definition of “middle-class”...I suppose you are part of this “new’ middle-class, sponging off the taxpayers. And your tiny brain thinks that US$ 12 billion represents is only 0.65 % of ONE year’s current Federal budget for Education’ ?? If your figure of 0.65 % were correct, the Education budget would be US$ 183 billion ...only in your dreamland, numbnuts. As for ‘other expenditures’ , meant to improve Brazil’s infrastructure ?? haven’t seen it...unless you mean the Viaduto Guararapes that collapsed in BH , one of the PAC projects ?? Only R$ 713 million down the drain....not counting the bribes.
    And last of all, I live here too, I am not blind and can see the mess and social unrest that the PT have created.

    Jul 10th, 2014 - 11:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    The ideological and almost religious adoration of the caudillo liberator in Venezuela continues to push the country further away from the road to progress and the common good.

    Botinho, and others, may find this article of interest.

    Jul 12th, 2014 - 11:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • redp0ll

    @44 interesting to be sure. Are they are nutters up there?

    Jul 13th, 2014 - 01:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0

    Vielen Dank, ilsen.

    We have a few of those running around here too. Rich kids, librarians, and engineers who the minute the work day is over, undress, put on the “doo-rag ”, chaps, leather vest or jacket, despite the 30 C heat, and swagger out to the expensive Harley, talking low like Arnold Swartzenegger.

    All the way home 15 km away, to Mamá, Mai, or Mommie, and a waiting dinner.

    Oh, I forgot: The fake deer horn handled hunting knife on the combat boot is a nice “Muy Macho” touch.

    There is of course a difference in setting your “ role ” by someone, versus setting your “ goals ” by someone notable. Shakira, Heino, and Bieber role-playing wannabees, for example, are no different than this un-original fellow.

    Sr. “ Che Dois” needs to take his motorcycle and ride around visiting our southern frontier countries, doing less talking, more listening, and more actual “ Motorcycle Diaries. ” It might open his eyes, too.

    Jul 13th, 2014 - 01:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Ilsen@44...When you see the kind of person portrayed by this fake “Che”, not that the original was any better, it is easy to understand how idiots like Chavez, and now Maduro manage to hang onto power. It is remarkable to see the level of blindness of the people , and makes one wonder , are they masoquists or just plain stupid ?
    A correction to my #43, reply to Fbear@37 : a mistake in number of 'zeroes'....if your claim was correct - that the amount spent on the World Cup is only .65% of the Federal Government's budget for education for ONE year - this would mean that the yearly budget is US$ 1,83 trillion....Do you even have a clue as to what that represents of the Federal Government's total tax revenue in one year ?? Only about 100%...
    Care to re-think your claim ??

    Jul 14th, 2014 - 04:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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