FULL TIME BRAZIL 1 GERMANY 7 Astonishing. You would have to be a heartless swine not to feel sad and sorry for Brazil, is the tone from some after this «historic» game. But that is bullshit! This is not World War 3, this is not Gaza, this is not Iraq or Syria, or anything else of human suffering. This is sport (at least I think it is)! Of course the huge pressure, the insane expectancy, all the nation’s mania and hysteria heaped on the shoulders of a passionate and useful but ultimately limited football team. Of course they cracked under the strain, no doubt, but there was more to this than just pressure, or bad tactics and team selection, or hopeless positional play, or an excellent German side packed with sharp passers and cool finishers. It was all of those things, but yet more.
A demonstrator argues with police lined up during a protest against the World Cup June 14 in Belo Horizonte (where Brazil – Germany played July 8). AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes
Much more! Brutal Repression from Brazilian fascist riot police on Anti-FIFA & World Cup protests, through the hole tournament: In the entire history of the World Cup and the Olympics there have never been these kinds of protests, strikes and land occupations aimed directly at the misery these mega-events have the capacity to cause. Brazil of 2014, revulsion against what has gone into hosting the World Cup has been a spur toward the country’s largest demonstrations since the fall of the dictatorship three decades earlier, with every new gleaming stadium a symbol of all the ways that the urgent needs of a country still plagued by poverty and social inequality have been ignored. Interestingly the leader of the Brazilian World Cup arrangement Committee have been a close associate of the dictatorship in the 1960s and 70s. One more thing:
The question now for Brazil is what this World Cup brings: a feel good holiday from its domestic woes or deeper societal reflection. Brazil needs the latter, taking advantage of the world spotlight to amp up a larger conversation about the nation’s future trajectory.
Will the World Cup actually help Brazil to solve its huge economic and social problems? If it does, don’t thank FIFA and the Brazilian government – thank the protestors! And maybe the Brazilian defeat will help also?