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Thursday 25 December 2014

World Cup: These Brazil players not fit to wear the yellow shirt

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08:  An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Brazil's Oscar lies dejected on the pitch after the final whistle during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
Brazil's Oscar (on floor) has to be consoled by teammate Dani Alves as he shows emotion after the final whistle during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
A Brazil soccer fan wearing contact lenses that mimic the Brazilian flag watches her team lose to Germany in a World Cup semifinal game via live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Germany players and staff celebrate on the touchline after they score their seventh goal during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
Brazil soccer fans watch their team lose to Germany in a World Cup semifinal game on TV in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
German soccer fans celebrate after their team scores at the Brazil World Cup semi final being played in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, between Germany and Brazil at a public viewing event called 'Fan Mile' in Berlin, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
(left to right) Brazil's Fred and Oscar dejected at the kick off for the second half during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans are devastated while watching the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Lukas Podolski of Germany (L) and Benedikt Hoewedes celebrate after defeating Brazil 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany acknowledges the fans after a 7-1 victory during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Germany acknowledge the fans after defeating Brazil 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Dejected Brazil fans look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A dejected Brazil fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A dejected Brazil fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: An emotional Brazil fan reacts while holding a Neymar mask after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Maicon consoles Luiz Gustavo of Brazil after Germany's 7-1 win during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A dejected Dante of Brazil reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: David Luiz and Luiz Gustavo of Brazil react after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Dana - Pool/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Thiago Silva of Brazil (R) consoles teammate David Luiz after Germany's 7-1 victory during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A dejected Oscar of Brazil lies on the pitch after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Germany fans look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany consoles Oscar of Brazil after Germany's 7-1 win during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and referee Marco Rodriguez separate a clash between Thomas Mueller of Germany and David Luiz of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany scores his team's seventh goal past Julio Cesar of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans watch the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany scores his team's seventh goal past Julio Cesar of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans watch the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans watch the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans are devastated while watching the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany celebrates scoring his team's seventh goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's seventh goal and his second of the game with Thomas Mueller during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany scores his team's seventh goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany celebrates scoring his team's sixth goal with teammates Mesut Oezil, Toni Kroos, Benedikt Hoewedes and Thomas Mueller as dejected Brazil players look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar of Brazil looks dejected after allowing Germany's sixth goal scored by Andre Schuerrle during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Dante of Brazil tackles Miroslav Klose of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
PORT CHESTER, NY - JULY 08: Brazilian fans watch as their team falls farther behind during the semifinal World Cup game against Germany on July 8, 2014 in Port Chester, United States. Fans, mostly for Brazil, gathered at the Copacabana Restaurant in Westchester County to watch on outdoor TV screens. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PORT CHESTER, NY - JULY 08: A Brazilian fan prays before the semifinal World Cup game against Germany on July 8, 2014 in Port Chester, United States. Fans, mostly for Brazil, gathered at the Copacabana Restaurant in Westchester County to watch on outdoor TV screens. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PORT CHESTER, NY - JULY 08: Brazilian fans watch as their team falls farther behind during the semifinal World Cup game against Germany on July 8, 2014 in Port Chester, United States. Fans, mostly for Brazil, gathered at the Copacabana Restaurant in Westchester County to watch on outdoor TV screens. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar of Brazil tries to make a save on Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar of Brazil tries to make a save on Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Miroslav Klose of Germany shakes hands with head coach Joachim Loew as he exits the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Luiz Gustavo of Brazil challenges Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Luiz Gustavo of Brazil challenges Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Manuel Neuer of Germany makes a save at a shot at goal by Paulinho of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Mats Hummels of Germany challenges Fred of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Dana - Pool/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Head coach Joachim Loew of Germany reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
Brazil's Oscar lies dejected on the pitch after the final whistle during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
Brazil's Oscar (on floor) has to be consoled by teammate Dani Alves as he shows emotion after the final whistle during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
A Brazil soccer fan wearing contact lenses that mimic the Brazilian flag watches her team lose to Germany in a World Cup semifinal game via live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Germany players and staff celebrate on the touchline after they score their seventh goal during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
Brazil soccer fans watch their team lose to Germany in a World Cup semifinal game on TV in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: (L-R) Luiz Gustavo, Maicon and Fernandinho of Brazil look dejected after allowing a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
German soccer fans celebrate after their team scores at the Brazil World Cup semi final being played in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, between Germany and Brazil at a public viewing event called 'Fan Mile' in Berlin, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
(left to right) Brazil's Fred and Oscar dejected at the kick off for the second half during the FIFA World Cup Semi Final at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 8, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans are devastated while watching the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Lukas Podolski of Germany (L) and Benedikt Hoewedes celebrate after defeating Brazil 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Referee Marco Rodriguez restores order after a challenge during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Dana - Pool/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: An emotional Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A Brazil fan reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany acknowledges the fans after a 7-1 victory during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Germany acknowledge the fans after defeating Brazil 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Dejected Brazil fans look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Dante of Brazil and teammates look dejected during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A dejected Brazil fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A dejected Brazil fan looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A Brazil fan looks dejected during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 8: Fans of Brazil the game between Brazil vs Germany, valid in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in the streets of Bela Vista neighborhood, on July 8, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bela Vista, or Bexiga, is known for its theater district and the Vai Vai Samba school. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: An emotional Brazil fan reacts while holding a Neymar mask after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Maicon consoles Luiz Gustavo of Brazil after Germany's 7-1 win during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Toni Kroos of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's third goal with teammate Miroslav Klose during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Francois Xavier Marit - Pool/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A dejected Dante of Brazil reacts after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: David Luiz and Luiz Gustavo of Brazil react after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Felipe Dana - Pool/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Thiago Silva of Brazil (R) consoles teammate David Luiz after Germany's 7-1 victory during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: A dejected Oscar of Brazil lies on the pitch after being defeated by Germany 7-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Germany fans look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany consoles Oscar of Brazil after Germany's 7-1 win during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany and referee Marco Rodriguez separate a clash between Thomas Mueller of Germany and David Luiz of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany scores his team's seventh goal past Julio Cesar of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans watch the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany scores his team's seventh goal past Julio Cesar of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans watch the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans watch the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Brazil fans are devastated while watching the first half on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner advances to the final at the famed Maracana stadium. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany celebrates scoring his team's seventh goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany (L) celebrates scoring his team's seventh goal and his second of the game with Thomas Mueller during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany scores his team's seventh goal and his second of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Andre Schuerrle of Germany celebrates scoring his team's sixth goal with teammates Mesut Oezil, Toni Kroos, Benedikt Hoewedes and Thomas Mueller as dejected Brazil players look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar of Brazil looks dejected after allowing Germany's sixth goal scored by Andre Schuerrle during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Dante of Brazil tackles Miroslav Klose of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
PORT CHESTER, NY - JULY 08: Brazilian fans watch as their team falls farther behind during the semifinal World Cup game against Germany on July 8, 2014 in Port Chester, United States. Fans, mostly for Brazil, gathered at the Copacabana Restaurant in Westchester County to watch on outdoor TV screens. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PORT CHESTER, NY - JULY 08: A Brazilian fan prays before the semifinal World Cup game against Germany on July 8, 2014 in Port Chester, United States. Fans, mostly for Brazil, gathered at the Copacabana Restaurant in Westchester County to watch on outdoor TV screens. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PORT CHESTER, NY - JULY 08: Brazilian fans watch as their team falls farther behind during the semifinal World Cup game against Germany on July 8, 2014 in Port Chester, United States. Fans, mostly for Brazil, gathered at the Copacabana Restaurant in Westchester County to watch on outdoor TV screens. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar of Brazil tries to make a save on Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Boys from Brazil, bow your heads in shame. You let your country, your absent team-mates and yourselves down in the most humiliating defeat in World Cup semi-final history.

It'll take a long, long time for the 200 million people in Brazil to come to terms with this. Maybe the players will never get over the horror of it all.

Hearts will be aching. Heads will be hurting. Spirits lower than they have ever been in a nation that has celebrated five World Cup triumphs and was sure that home advantage and destiny would see number six savoured in the iconic Maracana stadium in Rio on Sunday.

This tournament was going to be Brazil's greatest victory of all. Instead they suffered their most embarrassing defeat.

Dream shattered. The mums, dads, sons and daughters of Brazil are living a nightmare now following Germany's devastating destruction of their team.

The Germans were merciless as they disposed of the home team — it was 5-0 by half-time and had Germany not eased up after the break, it could have been many, many more than the staggering 7-1 scoreline.

Before kick-off Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari gave his German counterpart Joachim Low a present. The gifts continued from the hosts on the pitch. The gleeful, grateful German players must have thought all their birthdays and Christmases had come at once in one of the most astonishing football matches in the history of the game.

Brazil's defence, without suspended skipper Thiago Silva, fell apart. Led by Luiz, those wearing the famous yellow shirts played like headless chickens at the back.

Luiz, Marcelo, Maicon, Dante, Luiz Gustavo and Fernandinho were a mess. No shape, no structure, no organisation, no discipline, no brains. The forwards, Hulk, Fred, Oscar and Bernard, without the injured Neymar's inspiration, were just as bad.

When Thomas Muller opened the scoring, after Luiz gave him the freedom of Belo Horizonte inside the area, just over 10 minutes had passed, yet Brazil's frantic, gung-ho approach, leaving gaps galore at the back, suggested the match had just entered injury time. Kamikaze.

Germany revelled in the space with Miroslav Klose netting his record breaking 16th World Cup goal, Toni Kroos grabbing himself a brace and Sami Khedira getting in on an amazing act that lasted from minute 23 to 29.

Brilliant from ruthless Germany. Brutal from clueless Brazil. Substitute Andre Schurrle fired in another couple in the second half to add to the agony with Oscar's late goal meaningless.

For Germany the final. For the finest football nation of them all there is nothing but misery, sorrow, recriminations and regret. Never a good place to be.

Today be glad we're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland.

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