Samba Soccer: No, nay, Neymar. No, nay Neymar no more

Mary Hannigan looks at the fallout from that Brazilian defeat to Germany


Neymar, please, no more

Unfortunate Sponsorship Deals of our Times: Neymar and 7UP, as 14 gazillion people in cyberspace pointed out when Germany went, well, seven up. At least Oscar’s effort lessened the blow.

Ah, stop

He might not quite have been Germany’s outstanding player against Brazil, the poor lad getting some grief again for his performance, but for his tweet yesterday Mesut Özil gets 11 out of 10.

Over a photo of tearful Brazilian supporters, he wrote: “You have a beautiful country, wonderful people and amazing footballers - this match may not destroy your pride! #Brasil”

Had us in floods, frankly.

Ah, here, stop

So, did Brazil erupt in to riots after the national team’s World Cup was banjaxed by Germany? An incident here and there, like you’d get in any Irish town centre of a night, but no. That was a source of great disappointment for all those who had been confidently forecasting the country would combust if their beloved team was beaten, although their hopes had been raised when photos started popping up on Twitter on Tuesday night showing decidedly ugly rioting.

But? They were all photos of ‘old’ riots, including – our very favourite – one from a bit of bother in . . . London in 2011.


Accrington Stanley: “We’ve ruled out a summer bid for Maicon. We’ll stick with Nicky Hunt thanks very much…”.

Wishful thinking

“My message for the Brazilian people is please forgive us for this performance.” - Luiz Felipe Scolari? Don’t hold your breath.


The rating given to every single Brazilian player after the German game by newspaper O Globo. Although, such were their feelings towards David Luiz, he was lucky to get that.

Offer of the Week

That’d be the one from the Roisín Dubh pub on Dominick Street in Galway before the Germany v Brazil game.

“Come watch the World Cup Semi Final tonight in the back. Bottles of Brahma will be €4, pints of Erdinger will be €4. And for any goal scored, the price will drop by 50 cents for that country’s beer.”

So, yes, by full-time a pint of Erdinger was just the 50 cents.

They should just be grateful Ozil missed that chance, otherwise they’d have been giving pints away for nothing.

Paper Talk

All you can hope, really, is that the papers weren’t delivered to the Brazilian World Cup camp yesterday morning because, as you might imagine, they weren’t overly kind after that 1-7 setback.

‘Shame’, ‘Humiliation’, ‘Embarrassment’, that was the gist, although maybe the most striking one was the cover of the Brazilian Metro which opted to turn out the lights, except for the scoreboard.

O Dia had a simple enough message for Luiz Felipe Scolari – “Go to hell” – while Lance! opted for a blank front page, inviting readers to choose their own words, with some suggestions: “Indignation, revulsion, pain”. (Germany’s Bild also chose ‘no words’, but as their joyous headline).

Hoje went down the black front page route too, with a sixth World Cup star falling from the page under the headline ‘Shame’ (Vergonha), while O Diario chose ‘Breakdown, Grief, Fiasco, Shame’. A Gazeta, meanwhile, provided photos of bawling Brazilians, with the word ‘MASSACRE’ in the middle.

Other than that, the Brazilian press took it quite well.

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