- Alex Baker at Dirty Tackle2 hrs ago
It was the defeat that shocked the world as Brazil slumped to a shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday's World Cup semifinal at the Estadio Mineirao. The 2014 World Cup was supposed to be the one that healed the wounds of the "Maracanazo," the lingering feeling of tragedy that's haunted Brazil since losing the 1950 World Cup at home to Uruguay.
Unfortunately, now the Brazilians have arguably an even more dispiriting loss to contend with as they saw their team undone by a German side that scored four goals in six minutes to put the match beyond the favored hosts.
While Brazil were without their attacking talisman, Neymar, and their defensive lynchpin, Thiago Silva, there is little that can explain such a complete collapse. The shock, awe and horror of the defeat are well-represented in headlines from around Brazil.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 hrs ago
Simply put, the World Cup semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina was terrible.
The 120 minutes of scoreless muck in which both teams were wholly consumed by the desire to not concede a goal, completely forgetting the concept of mounting an attack, would best be described with a blank page. The Netherlands' Ron Vlaar continued the futility by having his shot to the begin the penalty shootout saved. Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero went on to save Wesley Sneijder's attempt as well, helping his side to a 4-2 shootout win. Romero was named Man of the Match not for his two important saves, but because he finally ended the match and allowed everyone to move on with their lives.
This was the first World Cup semifinal ever to end scoreless before going to penalties. And now Argentina will face Germany in the final having scored eight goals in the entire tournament (half by Lionel Messi) — one more than Germany scored in their semifinal against Brazil.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dirty Tackle6 hrs ago
Join us for the second semifinal match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Lionel Messi has found a way to lead Argentina to victory despite little help from his teammates, but will get even less help Wednesday without Angel Di Maria. Meanwhile, the Dutch are aiming for a second straight World Cup final appearance. The winner goes on to play Germany on Sunday, the loser plays Brazil on Saturday in the third-place match. The game will be televised on ESPN and Univision, and streamed online on Watch ESPN and Univision.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle7 hrs ago
FIFA has taken the extreme measure of immediately suspending the Nigeria Football Federation for government interference following the arrest of the NFF's president. As a result of the ban, no team from Nigeria can compete internationally, even at the club level. If the ban is not lifted by July 15, this will prevent Nigeria from competing in the upcoming U-20 Women's World Cup.
- Sean Leahy at Dirty Tackle8 hrs ago
Before Tuesday’s 7-1 victory by Germany over Brazil in the first World Cup semifinal, you would have likely predicted it was going to be a low-scoring, physical game. As we found out, that wasn’t the case and it cost one bar in Ireland heavily.
Ahead of the match, the Roisin Dubh in Galway held a drink promotion offering 50 cents off pints of Brahma if Brazil scored and the same discount off Erdinger's if Germany found the back of the net. Eight goals later, pints of Brahma’s were going for €3.50, while most of the bar was enjoying Erdinger’s that dropped to the bargain price of 50 cents.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle8 hrs ago
In the wake of Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany, there has been plenty of blame to go around, but most of it has fallen on manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. The 65-year-old apologized for the loss in his post-match press conference and described it as the worst day of his professional life. And to make sure the next day wasn't much better, Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro (not to be confused with Fresh Prince of Bell Air star Alfonso Ribeiro), decided to add his unfavorable view of Scolari to the mix.
Though his client was unable to play against Germany due to a back injury suffered during Brazil's quarterfinal win over Colombia, Ribeiro mocked Scolari by tweeting a list of the "six prerequisites to become manager of the Brazilian national team.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle9 hrs ago
One mustachioed supporter in attendance at Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany — a match already dubbed The Mineiraizo ("The Mineirao Blow") — was quickly declared the saddest fan in the world. The image of him pitifully clutching a replica of the World Cup trophy as he watched his team get abused by a relentless German attack spread through social media as the ultimate symbol of what every Brazilian was feeling in that moment and will forever feel about that match. But this was just one moment in an incredible collection of experiences for a devoted fan considered to be Brazil's 12th player.
- Sean Leahy at Dirty Tackle10 hrs ago
No matter what happens in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal between Argentina and the Netherlands, it will be tough to replace Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the news cycle. The host country is still in shock at the record-setting defeat and it will be interesting to see how inspired the side are for Saturday's third-place match.
The shock of the victory reverberated around the world as Germany quickly raced out to a 5-0 lead 29 minutes into the match. Twitter, as you can imagine, was quite busy with fans around the world reacting to the stunning display.
- Sean Leahy at Dirty Tackle11 hrs ago
Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in Tuesday's World Cup semifinal still has the world talking as the host country remains in mourning. The five goals by Die Mannschaft in the first 29 minutes was a World Cup record. They were also the first side to score five goals in a World Cup semifinalsince the 1958 Seleção squad.
So with the worldwide attention still focused on that match, even with Argentina and Holland facing off in the second semifinal on Wednesday, it was only a matter of time before Brazil's embarrassing defeat was given the Taiwanese animation treatment by Tomo News. And they didn't disappoint:
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle11 hrs ago
In gambling terms, this is what you'd call a bad beat: a heartfelt anti-gambling campaign backfiring thanks to an unprecedented German scoring barrage.
The National Council on Problem Gambling in Singapore is dedicated to spreading the message about gambling addiction, and focused its World Cup-themed message around a lad named Andy whose father bet big on World Cup matches. Thing is, Andy's dad apparently knew what he was doing, because he bet big on Germany, which now looks like the runaway favorite.
Here's the council's video, with poor "Andy" downcast at the thought of possibly losing his entire savings: