Tuesday/ Germany ..7 to 1!

Injured and sidelined Brazilian star player Neymar was sorely missed in today’s game. This is a mask that fans were encouraged to print out and wear at the game – all to no avail.

So the poor Brazilian soccer team made World Cup history today, and not in a good way, by losing in an eye-popping score of 1-7 to the German soccer machine in the semi-final match.

Sofrimento, frustração e perplexidade (Suffering, frustration and bewilderment) said a Brazilian newspaper – and kühl, nüchtern, effizient (translates to cool, sober and efficient, or would that be German for ‘cool, calm and collected’?), was the way a German newspaper summed up the German team’s efforts.

Well.  I hope the Brazilian coach, and the team will be OK.  Tennis player Boris Becker once said (he won Wimbledon at only 17 yrs old in 1985) : ‘When you are a young man, you are looking for your own identity, and winning is a way of expressing yourself. When I lost, I wanted to die. And because I thought in victory I became somebody, in defeat, it followed, I was nobody.’

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