Editor’s note: Every day between now and kickoff of the first game of FIFA World Cup 2022 on November 20 we will unveil a different memory from the history of the World Cup. The the countdown from 101 continues with Brazil’s infamous 7-1 loss to Germany at home.
A proud nation of over 200 million people was in for a party. Undefeated Brazil had not been particularly convincing as hosts; fell behind to an own goal in their opening match of the 2014 World Cup before returning against Croatia, were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in their second group stage match, needed penalties to beat Chile in the round of 16 and narrowly defeated another South American foe, Colombia, to reach the last four.
Yet here they were still in the semifinals. And even as three-times world champions Germany stood between Brazil and a place in the final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium, there was an air of expectation across the country that the result was foreordained: that the Seleção would reach and then win the World Cup final, exorcising the demons of 1950, when Brazil were overwhelmed by Uruguay in the decisive match in the same stadium.
It would be an understatement to say things didn’t go according to plan. Instead of achieving what many Brazilians thought was their destiny, the home team imploded without injured star Neymar and suspended defensive anchor Thiago Silva. It was 5-0 for the visitors before the game went 30 minutes. By the time it was over, they had suffered a 7-1 defeat to the eventual tournament champions.
The most lopsided semi-final result ever not only equaled the worst defeat in Brazil’s glorious history. He’s also achieved a 62-game home unbeaten run that dates back to 1975. Given the stakes and stage, it’s the most eye-popping result ever in a World Cup match, not to mention domestic humiliation on par with that famous defeat of 1950.
Die Mannschaft defeats Brazil
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Doug McIntyre is a football writer for FOX Sports. Prior to joining FOX Sports in 2021, he served as an editor for ESPN and Yahoo Sports and covered the US men’s and women’s national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @By Doug McIntyre.
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