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SAO PAULO---It wasn t just a bad dream.
Brazilians woke up yesterday to dreadful headlines
describing the shame and humiliation of their soccer
team s historic 7-1 defeat to Germany in a World
One of the country s leading soccer publications,
Placar, stated simply: "A day to forget."
"It was the most shameful performance of all time,"
said Almir Rogelio, 32, who was looking at the dooms-
day headlines at a newsstand in central Sao Paulo. "I
honestly woke up and didn t even want to remember
During Tuesday s slaughter, Germany scored faster
than fans could fathom. Within minutes of kickoff,
tears smudged children s faces, turning little cheeks
to streaky messes of yellow and green face paint, the
nation s colours.
Dreams of a sixth championship shattered in the
first half hour of the game when Germany was already
leading by a numbing 5-0. Many fans in the Belo Hor-
izonte stadium left by halftime when it became clear
Brazil was being routed at home. Some tore up their
tickets and gave the thumbs down to TV cameras.
In Sao Paulo, where thousands gathered to watch
the match in the neighbourhood of Vila Madalena, a
man clung to a street pole and cried loudly, as another
fan nearby banged his head against a bar table.
"It was a tragedy. Sad, very sad, the greatest defeat
in all the history of the Brazilian national team," wrote
Tostao, one of Brazil s forwards on its 1970 World Cup
championship team and now a sports columnist for
the Folha de S Paulo newspaper.
Most heartbreaking for many Brazilians was suffering
the country s worst Cup defeat in its own backyard,
as it hosted the tournament for the first time in 64
"It was embarrassing. They have some nerve with
the Brazilian people. We deserved so much better,"
said Manuel Alves, 58, as he stood on a main business
avenue in Sao Paulo. "The worst was all the money
spent, having so many other problems that need to
Brazil spent more than $13 billion preparing for the
tournament, and the high cost ignited angry protests
against the World Cup during the past year. Demon-
strators have complained about so much being
spent while the nation suffers from woeful public
After the loss, many Brazilians returned to ques-
tioning whether holding the event was worth it, a bad
omen for President Dilma Rousseff. She is campaigning
for a re-election bid in October that many think could
be made tougher by the soccer team s poor showing.
There were also reports of violence breaking out
right after the game with many buses being torched
in Sao Paulo---but it wasn t clear if the vandalism was
linked to the Cup loss. At least one store selling elec-
tronics and household appliances was sacked, but
there were no immediate reports of injuries.
"Like many Brazilians, I m very, very sad because
of this defeat," Rousseff said as she took to Twitter
to try to rally the nation. "I feel bad for all of us---
for fans and for our players. But let s not be broken.
Brazil, get up, shake off the dust and come out on
Although few thought Brazil s humiliating loss would
spark renewed mass protests, it is sure to put a severely
sour taste back into the mouths of the nation s fans.
Many say the loss to Germany was such a shock that
it has actually closed the wound inflicted when Uruguay
beat Brazil 2-1 in the 1950 World Cup championship
match in Rio de Janeiro.
"We feel so lost, like a dog that falls out of a truck,"
said accountant Joao Bosco as he sipped beer at a Sao
Paulo diner. "We ll remember this humiliation. It will
play in our minds over and over again, forever." (AP)
RIO DE JANEIRO---
Fifa is claiming two
Twitter records for
Germany s stunning
7-1 win over Brazil in
the World Cup semi-
Fifa says there were
35.6 million Twitter
posts about the match
on Tuesday, making
it the most tweeted
Fifa says the previ-
ous record was 24.9
million posts for the
Super Bowl in Febru-
ary. Then, the Seattle
Seahawks won 43-8
against the Denver
Fifa also claims a
record for most Twit-
ter messages about a
subject or incident in
a single minute.
A total of 580,166
tweets about the
game were recorded
in the minute after
Germany took a 5-0
lead. Sami Khedira s
goal was scored at
5.29 pm local time in
Belo Horizonte. (AP)
for rout PORTO SEGURO---Germany has
taken the "tiki-taka" passing game
so intrinsically used by Spain to
another level at the World Cup in
Brazil, by adding ruthless effi-
ciency to the possession philos-
Germany is one win from cap-
turing its fourth World Cup title
following the astonishing 7-1 dem-
olition of host Brazil in the semi-
Spain beat Germany at two
major tournaments and coach
Joachim Loew was so impressed
by the Spanish game that he has
taken over many aspects and, of
course, added some of his own
Germany likes possession, just
as Spain did, but Loew s team
avoids endless wide passing and
prefers to push forward at every
When Germany wins the ball in
its half, Loew wants his players to
pass it quickly forward, hoping to
outnumber the opposing defense.
The result is that Germany cre-
ates many chances and scores
plenty of goals.
Spain s minimalists scored eight
goals in winning the 2010 World
Cup---Germany already has 17 here,
with one match remaining to play.
Spain beat Germany in the final
of the 2008 European Champi-
onship and again in the semifinals
of the 2010 World Cup.
But while Spain s game was
based on endless possession and
passing until an occasional chance
was created, Loew s lineup is happy
to attack and take risks.
"We want possession but that
is only one factor in our game,"
Loew said earlier in the tourna-
ment. "We want to keep the ball
low, we want to avoid long and
high balls and we want quick tran-
sition. We need to improve our
It worked perfectly against Brazil,
as the historic result illustrates.
It may help that six of Germany s
field players come from Bayern
Munich, which has been coached
by Pep Guardiola for one season.
Guardiola was the mastermind of
"tiki-taka" and won 14 titles in
four seasons in charge of Barcelona,
including two Champions League
crowns. Barcelona inspired Spain s
game that brought two European
championships and a World Cup
Loew also adopted the notion
of a "false nine" system without
a true striker, another idea bor-
rowed from Spain. But when Ger-
many had some trouble in earlier
matches in the tournament in
Brazil, Loew did not hesitate to
revert to starting Miroslav Klose,
the only true striker in his team.
Klose has scored two goals in
Brazil and has become the top scor-
er in World Cup history when he
netted against Brazil for his 16th
goal in four tournaments.
Germany s talented midfielders
rotate positions constantly, they
are always on the move and any
is capable of scoring. Thomas
Mueller has been the most prolific
with five goals so far, either playing
as a winger with Klose in the lineup
or as forward when Klose is on the
Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos
shone against Brazil, with the latter
scoring twice and playing a role in
the first four German goals, while
Khedira netted once in his best
match of the tournament. But they
are also not shy to defend.
Germany has shown it can win
even when it doesn t have more
possession---France had as much
as Germany and lost 1-0 in the
quarterfinals. Brazil had 51 percent,
with the known outcome.
Still, Germany tops the tourna-
ment in completed passes at 3,421,
nearly three times the average.
Philipp Lahm with 458 passes and
Kroos with 443 lead the tourna-
ment. Spain completed 4,773 pass-
es in winning the 2010 title. (AP)
Germany takes 'tiki-taka'
to another level
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