World Cup Blog: Brazilian Reaction to Loss on Home Soil

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Augusto Lima, a rising junior on the Crusader men's soccer team, calls Brazil home and this summer, Brazil is the host country for the 2014 World Cup. Lima will be blogging throughout the duration of the World Cup with his first-hand insight into the atmosphere, game action and more surrounding the global event.

After a very unexpected loss by seven goals to Germany, the Brazilian national team ended its participation the World Cup. During the match people were shocked and in disbelief. After the match, when it really hit that Brazil had actually lost that badly, some got sad, some got mad, and many tried to find reasons to explain the event. It certainly wasn't the most honorable way to leave the tournament, especially when you are playing at home; that is not the image you want to leave behind.

The German national team is a more complete team than the Brazilian national team but we Brazilians, including myself, refused to see it, blinded by the enthusiasm and the historical tradition of our famous team. Germany had the best on every single aspect of the game. Technically, Germany had more than 11 good starters – the German national team also had many players that could come into a match from the bench and make a difference. Physically, Germany was also superior and they were able to control the match when they had possession and defend with many players when they didn't have the ball. Emotionally, the Germans were exemplar: the game was played the exact same way from start to end, not mattering what the score was, always giving their best and respecting Brazil throughout the entire game.

Tactically, the German national team was extremely organized, differently than Brazil who had no tactical discipline. Throughout this World Cup, other teams that were tactically organized, even with inferior individual skill than Brazil, like Ghana, Algeria, and the U.S., had much better games against the same German team.

On the team chemistry aspect, Germany has half of its starters playing for the same club, which is one of the best teams in the world. Brazil underestimated Germany and tried to play them as if they were of the same caliber and that clearly didn't work.

I don't blame the Brazilian players or the coach for this match, I blame the Brazilian soccer school and how Brazil raises its soccer players. Brazil didn't lose the match to Germany in 90 minutes; Brazil lost this match to Germany in the last twelve years. Germany didn't win this game in Brazil; they won it in their country, by improving their structure, youth academies, their national leagues and by studying soccer. This World Cup showed how soccer has evolved all around the world. We have seen teams like Costa Rica and Algeria qualify to the second round for the first time in their history. We have seen teams that were, in the beginning of the tournament, considered strong and traditional, struggle to win or even tie a team that everyone thought to be weaker.

Throughout history, Brazil has developed many players who are considered the top players in history. Today, Brazil deposits its hope on a player that is only 22 years old and already has the pressure to lead and be the best on the national team. Brazil stopped investing in the youth programs and soccer here today, more than ever, is all business and money. While the German Bundesliga, Germany's national league, improved from a mediocre league to one of the best leagues in the world, the Brazilian league is weaker every year. A country the size of Brazil, with the soccer tradition Brazil has, shouldn't have trouble developing players and having a strong national team. Hopefully this loss will open people's eyes and the necessary changes and improvements will be implemented so that in the future we can have a strong national league and with that be capable of raise exceptional players to lead us to the top again.

For the Brazilian people the World Cup is over but the tragedy is not yet finished, and it could get worse if historical rival Argentina ends up winning the final in Rio de Janeiro against Germany.

For the Brazil national team, there is still one match left: against Netherlands to define the third-place winner. It won't be a very meaningful match, especially for the fans, but at least it is a way to say goodbye and end on a good note.