Brazilian soccer fans are deeming last night’s upset a disaster even worse than the last time the country hosted the World Cup, in 1950, when the country lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the final.
But that was nothing compared to last night’s walloping by Germany.
The host country’s disastrous first half against Germany in the World Cup semi-finals saw them down 5-0. The final was 7-1.
The anger and disappointment were so intense that it threatened to darken the national mood for some time to come, with possible consequences for President ilma Rousseff as she seeks a second term in October.
“This is worse than 1950. It’s one thing to lose a game where you suffered and fought hard, and it’s another to be completely humiliated,” said Fernando Hazzan, 28, in Sao Paulo.
“This game is going down in history, too,” he added.
Many fans in the stadium in Belo Horizonte sobbed uncontrollably, while others began pouring out well before the first half was even over.