World Cup Blog: Brazilian Reaction to Loss on Home Soil
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.
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.
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.