Sunday, July 13, 2014

I saw Germany pound Brazil 7 - 1

Staying awake for the 1.30 AM (Indian Standard Time) 2014 FIFA World Cup football match is always a toughie.

There is always the risk of extra time, possibly followed by a penalty shootout. Eventually, you loose productivity, the following day. But, if it is the semi-final, featuring the World's best (Brazil Vs Germany), these concerns are hardly an issue. The fan is game for a match, and it better go down to the wire.

Alas, that was not to be.

28 Minutes into the game and the match was sealed. Germany had an unbeatable 5 - 0 lead against Brazil. I was witnessing history, a melancholy one, albeit. The Germans were scoring at will.

After Klose scored the second goal, it looked as if Brazil just forgot, how to play Football? They were in such a state of shock that I doubt if they truly realized that they had suddenly conceded three more goals in a span of five minutes. It was unbelievable.

The capitulation of the World Football Superpower was utter, total and humiliating. I cannot even begin to think how the brazilian fan in the stadium would have felt. Brazil's maximum punishment of 30 years imprisonment might just pale in front of this.

Unsurprisingly, it also became the most talked about event, ever, on twitter. The Twitter staff declared that more than 35.6 million tweets made it the most discussed single sports game on Twitter. Here is what it looked like on Twitter.

On social media, what began as criticism, quickly slipped into ridicule. Parodies and Memes continued till about 24 hours after the match. It needed the Argentina Holland match to bring in some sanity.

Brazil's play off with Holland for the Third Place

I skipped the Brazil Vs Holland match for the Third Place. It seemed that the whole World knew the outcome. Only the intensity of the outcome had to be established. I doubt if Brazil would have ever gone into a game, with the whole World expecting them to be decimated. I think they did well. They lost to Netherlands 0 - 3. But, the humiliation was complete.

Well, every cloud has a silver lining. The only way now for Brazilian football is uP.

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