I don’t even know how to start this.
This is the sixth World Cup I've watched (that I can actually remember, that is), and Brazil won two of them. We had some disappointing losses in 1998 and 2006, but I don’t know if I can compare previous disappointments to the 2014 World Cup semifinal in Belo Horizonte, which was something akin to a national tragedy.
We were not the best team of this World Cup, Neymar was out of the tournament with an injury, Thiago Silva was suspended and Germany was therefore the favorite. Come on, they beat up Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal pretty bad while we had trouble defeating Croatia and Mexico in the group stage. I know all that. But hey, Brazil were the home team and that gave us hope -- it’s the World Cup of the upsets, dammit.
Unfortunately, our hope lasted 10 minutes. We had no chance against Muller, Kroos and Klose.
I remember how bad I felt while Zidane destroyed us in 1998 and 2006. Germany was merciful enough to end our hope with five goals in 29 minutes. After that point, nobody cared about it anymore. I could hear laughs every time Germany scored another goal (I also laughed after the last goal, I admit) and some ironic chants as Oscar scored Brazil’s single goal in the last minute.
But when the referee blew the final whistle, I felt the pain. No more World Cup for us. This is going down in the history as the worst loss of the Brazil soccer team, and I watched it live. Kids crying, drunk men in riots at the FIFA Fan Fests around the country. Seven goals. Humiliating.
The Mourning After
I grew up playing soccer every day and I still do it once a week, and I don’t see a beat down like that very often even in my weekly games. I’m a Botafogo fan and I’m used to traumatic losses, but what I saw on Tuesday was just brutal.
When I was a kid, I heard my grandfather tell me stories of what it like was to lose the 1950 World Cup final to Uruguay in Maracanã. I watched movies about it. We’re still traumatized about it. I was born 37 years after that game and I can feel that pain. When FIFA announced the 2014 World Cup in Brazil we thought that a new Maracanazzo could be around the corner, but it was even worse this time around.
My grandpa was not around to see a new Maracanazzo all over again. Instead, it will be me telling my grandchildren sad stories about the last World Cup in Brazil.