Editor’s note: Every day until the kick-off of the first game of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on November 20th we will unveil another memory from World Cup history. That The countdown from 101 continues with Brazil’s infamous 7-1 defeat by Germany on home soil.
A proud nation of more than 200 million people was ready for a party. Unbeaten Brazil hadn’t been particularly convincing as hosts; They went behind by an own goal in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup before coming back against Croatia, managed a goalless draw against Mexico in the second group game and needed a penalty shoot-out against Chile in the round of 16 and narrowly defeated another South American opponent, Colombia, to secure the reach last four.
But here they were still in the semifinals. And although three-time world champions Germany stood between Brazil and a place in the final at Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Maracana Stadium, there was an expectation across the country that the outcome was predetermined – that the Seleção would reach one and then win the World Cup final and exorcising the demons of 1950, when Brazil stunned Uruguay in the crucial game at the same stadium.
To say things didn’t go according to plan would be an understatement. Rather than achieve what many Brazilians believed was their destiny, the home side imploded without injured star Neymar and suspended defender Thiago Silva. It was 5-0 for the guests before the game was 30 minutes old. By the time it was over, they had lost 7-1 to eventual tournament champions.
The most one-sided semi-final result of all time was not only equal to the worst defeat in Brazil’s proud history. It also followed a streak of 62 unbeaten home games from 1975. Given the stakes and the stage, it’s the most striking result ever seen at a World Cup – not to mention a national humiliation worthy of the famous 1950 defeat is.
The team defeats Brazil
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Doug McIntyre is a football writer for FOX Sports. Before joining FOX Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer at ESPN and Yahoo Sports and has covered the United States men’s and women’s national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @By DougMcIntyre.
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