8 July 2014, 2014 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final, Mineirão Stadium, Brazil:
Brazil 1-7 Germany
Pele, Garrincha, Carlos Alberto Torres, Socrates, Zico, Bebeto, Romario, Roberto Carlos, Cafu, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho… Neymar
7-1. Kroos, Muller, Klose, Ozil, Schweinsteiger, Khedira…
It was the most unpredictable and, perhaps, the most historic football match ever to be played. For Brazil, it was pain. Pain for the players on the pitch who, even if they were to resurrect their careers, would always be remembered for that. Pain for the players who dreamt all their lives for a World Cup just to lose in that manner in a semi-final. Pain for the legend Ronaldo who had to watch, from the stands, Klose beat his World Cup goal record. Pain for fans, young and old, who had to experience that.
Nothing more needs to be said of the details of that devastating day.
It’s difficult for me to even think about that game without getting upset. 3 years later, I still can’t fully understand how 7-1 happened. Why 7-1 happened. No one can.
But now, in the last few months especially, I’ve looked over unseen problems prior to that game (minutes, days, years before) which may have led to 7-1. Of course, one could simply say “it was a one-off”. I’ll instead, in the next few posts, inspect mistakes made and problems Brazil had before kick-off which may show 7-1 isn’t as surprising as it actually was.
So here we go. Looking ahead to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it’s important for Brazilians and other football nations to learn from mistakes and things that could have gone differently. That is the sole purpose I am writing about something that is now in the past. So, over the next few weeks, I’ll present to you my different arguments in separate posts; the first post will look at a mistake I believe the CBF made all the way back in 2012. Disagree with me? Leave a comment. And get your friends involved in the discussion. Share.