A new book has been released set in Sao Paulo.
83% of the foreigners that datafolha interviewed felt the organisation of the World Cup was excellent or good. 92% felt the comfort and security of the stadia was excellent or good, 76% felt the same about the transport to the stadia, 42% about the refreshmengts inside the stadia, 39% regarding the communication inside the stadia, 32% regarding the cost of accomodation, 76% regarding the quality of the air travel, 84% the quality of the tourist attractions, 82% the security of tourists and 95% the hospitality of Brazilians.
Generally, Brazilians feel pretty proud with the way they hosted the World Cup. Everything ran pretty smoothly despite all the predictions of bad organisation before the tournament. They only feel a great sense of embarrassment with the way their national team exited the competition but at least they didn’t lose to Argentina, and Argentina didn’t win the competition. Both of those things would have been worse.
This video illustrates Germany’s path to the final:
And this video illustrates how Germany dealt with Argentina:
Public opinion regarding the World Cup improved during the competition but I’m waiting to see the latest figures to see to what extent opinions changed following Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to Germany.
The manner in which the national team were dispatched by Germany may also have affected the popularity of President Dilma in the run up to the presidential elections in October who was, during the tournament, enjoying an 18 point lead over her nearest rival.
Here’s a summary of the World Cup by Just Cartoons:
Some Argentinians asking to #cryforme
and an impression of a famous Brazilian comedian singing the revised words to the Itau advert:
On the day of the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, the minds of Brazilians has already moved on to the task of replacing the coach Felipe Scolari who doesn’t appear to have showed any acknowledgement that his job is in danger.
Mourinho has expressed an interest in coaching the Brazilian national team when his current contract with Chelsea ends in 2016, after Brazil’s disappointing Olympic failure. Selecao has never been managed by a foreign coach but a poll by TV station Globo showed that 58% thought the next Selecao coach would be a non-Brazilian.
Of the domestic candidates, the favourite on 18% is Tite, the man who coached Corinthians to the World Club title and who refused to take up another domestic team management role when his contract with Corinthians ended presumably because he was waiting for the Selecao vacancy. Tite is definitely my tip for the job and I think he’ll be replaced by Mourinho after Brazil are humiliated in the Rio Olympics.
Incredibly, Dunga was mentioned in the running despite having a disappointing period of management with the national squad.
I must ask your forgiveness for not, until now, sharing any of the tremendous comedy videos by Porta dos Fundos available on You Tube. Anyone familiar with my post about the ten best things about Sao Paulo will be entertained with their classic sketch on Spoletos. The comedy group have filmed a series of sketches about the World Cup and, while at least an intermediate knowledge of Portuguese is essential to enjoy them properly, they are still entertaining with a brief explanation of their content.
For example, in this sketch, a defender is disappointed to discover that one of the forwards has chosen to wear the same colour boots as him. Because forwards are more important than defenders the forward gets to wear the boots but helps the defender find something else that will help him to stand out during the game:
In this clip, a journalist is reporting from outside the team bus in which the team are playing pagode (brazilian samba-like music popularly sung by groups of musicians in bars). The reporter excitedly recounts what is going on inside the bus and when the anchorman asks about the game, which is due to start in 15 mins, the reporter simply answers that there will be a game:
In this clip, the team rehearses how they will celebrate a goal. The choreographer teaches them a dances which encapsulates the history of Brazil:
Here we see the supporters preparing for a game:
Here’s another round up of the gags that have been doing the rounds of social media:
It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Selecao Brazil since they played their first game, a 2-0 victory over Exeter City in 1914. Their previous worst defeat was 0-6 against Uruguay in the Copa America in 1920. However, since then they have been arguably the most successful national team in history with five World Cup titles, eight Copa America titles and four Confederations Cup titles.
Even before Brazil won its first World Cup in 1958 the were high expectations for the team, hence the humiliation when they lost the 1950 final to Uruguay 1-2 having beaten Spain and Sweden 6-1 and 7-1. So to now face their biggest defeat in history in front of the whole world in a world cup semi final in Brazil!
The expectations and ambitions of the nation had been whipped into a frenzy by almost blanket media coverage accompanied by an army of patriotic ads such as this one by the biggest bank in South America, Itau:
By the end of the game against Germany this ad had been mercilessly parodied as demonstrated here:
The revised lyrics are: Show your strength Brazil, tie Dilma to the bonfire for not buying the whole of the World Cup (ie not paying enough bribes for Brazil to win)
As early as half time, social media was buzzing with Brazilians sharing jokes which poked fun at their own team such as this video:
Facebook status’s were reflecting Brazilian’s incredularity at the score line such as this one:
Fui fazer xixi foi gol
Puxei descarga gol
Lavei a mão gol
Sai do banheiro gol
Sentei no sofa gol..
Imagina se fosse cagar
I did a wee there was a goal
Washed my hands, goal
Left the bathroom, goal
Sat on sofa, goal
Imagine if I’d done a poo.
Here’s a selection of the jokes that were circulating during and shortly after the game:
Meanwhile Mick Jagger denied being the reason for the Brazilian teams defeat hving watched the game in the stands. “I can take responsibility for the first German goal, but not the other six!” he told The Sun.. His reputation as the tournament’s unlucky charm began in South Africa at the 2010 World Cup, when he supported England, the US and Brazil in separate games – all of which lost their respective matches.
Neymar could play the final, well that’s the rumour at least egged on by some doctor the Daily Telegraph have wheeled out. But is Filipe Scolari going to field a play er who has spent the last week away from the training ground lying on his back. It suggests to the other Brazilian players that even an injured Neymar is better than them. At the moment Filipao has a motivated squad ready to play for Neymar and raise their game. In any case, it’s doubtful that Barcelona would allow the Brazilian football federation to take risks with their asset in such a way. The CBF and Neymar have said as much in a statement reported by The Guardian.
If anything, Neymar’s injury could be a good thing for the Brazilian team. The Barcelona striker hadn’t exactly been effective since the opening game. In any case, Selecao still has to overcome Germany in their semi-final game today.
Meanwhile, Brazilian police has made 11 arrests in Operation Jules Rimet which they say has broken up a ticket touting ring. The arrests included British chief executive of FIFA partner Match Hospitality who was arrested at the Copacabana Palace hotel accused of mishandling tickets mny of which were originally destined for players families.
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The national obession with all things Neymar is reflected in the spoof Globo TV schedule above. Meanwhile the debate on real Brazilian TV is whether Willian or Bernado is going to replace Neymar tomorrow.
A spoof on You Tube shows Filipao (Scolari) singing Fico Assim Sem Voce (I’m Like this Without You) to Neymar. Except the lyrics have been changed.
Game without a tout
Whore without a tourist
It’s me, without you
FIFA without a dirty trick
Dilma without being being booed
It’s me, without you
Why does it have to be like this?
Injury or explusion…and end!
until it ends
not even Bruna Marquezine (Neymar’s girlfriend)
will separate you from me
I’m blown far away from you
I was rude and the press was not good to me
Without you on the field to sort things out
any opposition player is dangerous
For Neymar’s girlfriend, his injury was not the only trauma she has had to suffer during the tournament. This footage shows her on the receiving end of a fart from a Brazilian football supporter:
Meanwhile, at the Fan Fests, the dressing up is becoming more adventurous with this young lady painting her body.
Argentinian supporters seem to be continuing to enjoy themselves. This group having purchased a fake spine in an attempt to wind up the Brazilians.
Well I guess on the day Di Stefano dies we should give the Argentinian fans a bit of leeway. RIP Alfredo.
In an episode of The Simpsons in which Homer becomes a referee and is constantly encouraged to accept bribes there is a Brazilian player called El Divo who goes down in the penalty area during the final. Homer does not award a penalty even though El Divo is carried of the field in on a stretcher and later buried. Eventually after not being awarded a penalty El Divo comes back to life and admits it was a dive.
Having successfully predicted Neymar ‘El Divo”s injury will The Simpsons get their other prediction right? That Germany beat Brazil 2-0.
The full episode is currently available here:
Meanwhile in Brazil, the Neymar and Fred comedy continues. In this photo, President Dilma laments that Neymar’s injury is going to adversely affect her re-election while Ronaldo complains that now they’ve spent all that money on the World Cup there is no hospital to take Neymar to:
In this one a Brazilian soap star says that if Brazil loses there will be no world cup cause they’re going to take the ball home:
This one says that Fred is the clever one for not spending any money and watching the game from the middle of the pitch:
In this one President Dilma is calling Colombia and complaining that it was Fred they were meant to injure, not Neymar.
There are also more sentimental messages, for example this one which says that the next game will not be played with Neymar, it will be played for Neymar:
Even Fuleco the mascot has been trying to help:
Just like ITV, Brazilian commentators have been under a bit of flack, especially from Belgian supporters:
And finally, the Brazilian team itself has voted the worst player of the tournament to be Hulk:
It’s what everyone in Brazil is talking about. Intervals in the remaining quarter final games would be filled with live footage of Neymar in a helicopter, Neymar’s helicopter taking off, Neymar in an ambulance, Neymar’s ambulance driving along the road, Neymar’s doctor, a personal message from Neymar and so it goes on.
This series of photos has been doing the rounds as evidence that Zúñiga was not going for the ball. Zúñiga penned a hasty apology in an attempt to avoid a long Suarez style ban.
Meanwhile, there were other games going on. Argentinian fans celebrated their victory over Belgium in Vila Madalena.
Brazilians have realised that they only beat teams whose name begins with C: Croatia, Cameroon, Chile and Colombia while they drew against Mexico. Therefore they have renamed Germany, usually Alemanha to Calemanha as they struggle to identify ways to win their semi final without Neymar and Thiago Silva who has lodged an appeal against his yellow card in the match against Colombia.
If I hadn’t known that Dani Alves and Neymar had dyed their hair I might be forgiven for thinking that they were turning grey with the stress of the pressure of the hopes of Brazil on their shoulders. It’s not news that just about every journalist at the World Cup is making disparaging comparisons between this Brazilian team and its predecessors, there has also been a lot of local pressure on Fred and Hulk for their performances.
I can understand how irritating it must be for people back in blighty to hear television commentators fawning over a team that clearly isn’t as good as the great Brazilian teams of the past but the point is that the team knows they will struggle to compete with the great teams which came before them but that does not make Brazil’s expectations any the less which is why in the game against Colombia, Brazil worked so hard to close down every ball. Why they didn’t allow Colombia to play (if you want to win a game why let the opposition play?), why David Luiz celebrated his goal so passionately.
There’s no doubt that this was an aggressive bad tempered game. Brazil committed 31 fouls, Colombia 23, both teams received two yellow cards and probably should have had more. Julio Cesar should probably have been sent off and so should Juan Zuniga for his reckless challenge on Neymar which fractured a vertebrae and ended Neymar’s World Cup.
So Brazil are through and Colombia go home. James Rodriguez may still be the tournaments highest goalscorer on 6 goals and was applauded by the crowd with the help of David Luiz as he left the field:
And so now Brazil face the prospect of a semi-final against Germany without caption Thiago Silva through suspension and without arguably their best player Neymar who will spend the rest of the tournament recovering from his back injury.