Brazil has a new word for this debacle: Mineirazo!

By Mike Woitalla

Brazil has a new date to challenge July 16, 1950, as the worst in its soccer history.

Sixty-four years ago, the first time Brazil hosted the World Cup, it lost 2-1 to Uruguay in front of 200,000 fans in Maracana Stadium and a new word was coined to describe a sudden catastrophe: Maracanazo.

Now we have July 8, 2014.

Finally hosting again after collecting a record five World Cup titles, Brazil will not even have a chance to play at Maracana. Its quest ended in Belo Horizonte, routed 7-1 by Germany, which will face the either Argentina or the Netherlands in the famed stadium on Sunday.

That’s correct, 7-1.

It was 1-0 in the 11th minute, 4-0 by 26th minute, and 5-0 at halftime. Brazil did not hit the net until the 90th minute.

Long before Oscar's goal, a new word for this kind of debacle was making the rounds: Mineirazo -- after the Estadio Mineirao.

The extent to which the Germans dominated and how pathetically the Brazilians played may not have been predicted by anyone. Never has a semifinal been so lop-sided. Brazil had not lost a home game in a dozen years. But signs that this Brazilian team would ultimately disappoint were clear throughout the tournament.

And when Brazil faced, for the first time, a pre-tournament favorite, just how flawed Coach Luis Felipe Scolari's squad really was became painfully clear -- and go far beyond the absence of injured attacker Neymar and suspended central defender Thiago Silva.

Starting in the back. Julio Cesar may be the weakest goalkeeper at this tournament. He couldn’t even hold down the starting spot at second-tier English squad Queens Park Rangers, yet Scolari stuck with him when he found playing time for MLS's Toronto FC. Thomas Mueller’s volley for the first goal passed him within an arm’s length. Julio Cesar had both hands on Miroslav Klose’s shot but rebounded the ball right back to Klose for the second goal. The third goal, by Toni Kroos, was a rocket yet the kind of shot we saw Tim Howard save at this World Cup. But Brazil’s problems, of course, went far deeper than at keeper.

Identity crisis. Even before the Brazilians came out hacking against Chile and Colombia, they showed a disturbing dependence on brute force, such as against Mexico when Javier Hernandez was greeted by bone-crunching tackles when he came off the bench in the scoreless tie.

Before the semifinal, German coach Joachim Loew even made a plea for referee Mexico's Marco Rodriguez to crack down on the Brazilian tactic of disrupting the play. Thankfully, Rodriguez didn’t have to intervene as the Brazilians weren’t in fouling mode. Instead, their defense was sliced apart by the Germans, often with quick give-and-goes.

A struggling defense can be overcome by ball possession, but these Brazilians seemed incapable of stringing passes together, constantly missed their teammates, and launched the kind of hopeful balls that once represented the opposite of what the Brazilian style was about.

If there is a silver lining. That this is a loud wakeup call for Brazilian soccer to return to its roots, to strive for jogo bonito -- when their play was a delight to watch and they looked they were having fun ... to figure out why a country whose soccer was once universally admired can’t find a better center forward than Fred.

As for the Germans. Adding insult to injury, Klose goal broke Ronaldo’s all-time World Cup record of 15 strikes. Thomas Mueller moved within one goal of Colombia’s James Rodriquez’s six in the Golden Shoe race at this World Cup.

Sami Khedira, whose World Cup had been in doubt because of an ACL injury, scored and helped set up goals in his best performance of the World Cup. Toni Kroos scored twice. Mesut Ozil looked his sharpest so far.

The Germans are peaking at exactly the right time.

11 comments about "Brazil has a new word for this debacle: Mineirazo!".
  1. Kent James, July 9, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.

    While I think the article is generally accurate, blaming the keeper is harsh. The defense in front of him was non-existent. On the first goal, one of the leading goalscorers in the WC was left open on the 6 to side-foot a knee-high volley on a corner kick! I do hope you're right about it being a wake-up call, so that Brazil can go back to its roots. I was rooting against Brazil because I did not want Scolari to be rewarded for the negative path Brazilian soccer has been on. Give us more jogo bonito!

  2. Santiago 1314, July 9, 2014 at 6:28 a.m.

    **Just Saying** REPOSTED from::
    commented on: July 5, 2014 at 10:09 p.m.
    **((Weakest Brazil Team EVER!!! If they weren't playing at Home, that would have been Out, Long Ago.. Sorry for Neymar, was a Typical Knee to Back, Hamstring, Buttocks, that any Player knows how to Deliver... Never seen a Broken Vertibra from one....Tragic for the WC, because we only have Messi and Robben left to WOW us... Still say USA could have Won it if JK had bright a Sub for Jozy.. Change 9 out of the 10 players Jerseys, and you wouldn't know the Difference))""** I'd say I REST MY CASE, but I'm having too much FUN!!!

  3. Gus Keri, July 9, 2014 at 8:33 a.m.

    I don't know if the criticism of the way Brazil played, and how Neymar's injury occurred, had caught up with Scolari. I didn't see any physical challenge from any Brazilian this time around. Did Scolari tell his players to stop being physical suddenly? Maybe, he told his players to play nice and to play Jugo Bonito, but it was too late. This team was not set up for the beautiful game. Lack of leadership at this game showed that the loss of Silva was more important than the loss of Neymar, who should be thanking Zuniga for the injury, so he wouldn't be on the field for this humiliation. I always supported Brazil, and I wanted the Brazilians to have something to smile about and wipe out the memory of 1950; but playing this type of soccer wouldn't serve them well for the long run. I am hoping this will be a wakeup call, like Mike suggested, to go back to the basic, in Brazilian term, which is jugo bonito.

  4. Valerie Metzler, July 9, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.


  5. cisco martinez, July 9, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.

    Brazil just didn't show up plain and simple. Whats more disturbing was that they played that way at home in a World Cup with some quality players was disappointing. There entire roster is what we in the US dream about, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Man City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, etc.

  6. ROBERT BOND, July 9, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

    at least now they can get over 1950..

  7. Leia Ambra, July 9, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.

    The signs were there all along. Refs let them slide by and they squeaked along. One kicker missed the net entirely on the penalty shoot out against Chili I think it was. And the, Germany: they have Pep Guardiola. Ever since pep left Barcelona, I knew Spain was going, going. He joined Bauern Munich; we new Germany would be stronger then ever. They had the flue and played in midday hot, hot conditions which is why Germany did not play that well against the US and Algeria, but now they are recovered (and sounds like the Dutch team is catching the flu now).

  8. Mark Hardt, July 9, 2014 at 11:24 a.m.

    Lessons for the USA:

    1. depth and strength of our goal keeping corp is a Great place to start building your program on. Howard would have stopped most of those goals. Toronto needs to start looking now.
    2. Our back line is quite good. All are young and should be on the rocket to Russia. We need to replace Beasly.
    3. Klinsman either devised or delegated the current German offense. So he knows it and can call up Jogi for any reminders. I would delegate this to Tab Ramos because he should be the first in line to succeed Klinsi.

  9. Rene Guerra, July 9, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

    Another irrefutable proof that Pax Americana works is the fact that the bellicose Germany/Prussia of centuries has become a most compassionate nation in every unarguably demonstrated by her national football team, which could have creamed Brazil's even further. It could have easily been 10 or 12 to zero-- but, most compassionately, Germany stopped at just 7; and, furthermore, gave Brazil one goal to save its football-honor.

    It's a pity, though, that the goal of "honor" was given to "genius" (?) Oscar, one more of the hyper-inflated Brazilian players.

  10. Alan Cahill, July 9, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.

    The only team that gave Germany serious concerns in this World Cup was Ghana (Algeria is a separate discussion.
    ..) Why? Because Ghana enjoys the three pronged threat of strength, skill, and pace. Strategy and formation played a nominal role in that 2 x 2 joy of a match. Ghana just went "after it!" It makes one wonder how far Ghana might have gone if the "off field" shenanigans had not existed.

  11. Santiago 1314, July 10, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.

    Quote from Jurgen Klinsmann in article by Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle Sports..7/10/14 pgC1&3….”It makes them feel accountable, not just walk away with a bad performance and nothing happens,” he said. “If you have a bad performance, then people should approach you and tell you that, to make sure that next game is not bad anymore and you step it up.”… The Article is about the National Humiliation that Brazil feels and How (THE USA PLAYERS) don’t have that kind of pressure…***JURGEN*** FIRST, YOU Parked the Bus In-Front of the Goal(Didn’t BELIEVE USA Could Win)… THEN, YOU Re-Arranged the Chairs on the TITANIC(No Sub for Jozy)…and NOW, YOU are Throwing the Players OUT of the Bus, for the Dogs to Eat…<<< THROW YOURSELF OUT >>>…OH, but Knowing you, You will Take a Helicopter Ride Off the Top of the Bus, so you don’t have to face the Wolves…I was for Keeping You, Hoping you would Learn some Humility…But Asking for Fans to Accost the Players and Frighten them into Better Performance!?!?!?…WHAT AN ARROGANT, JERK, PRICK, You are !!!!...What a Hypocrite!!!…YOU Left Germany because YOU couldn’t take the Magnifying Glass that YOU were under and because YOU liked the anonymity that Athletes have in the USA… NOW YOU WANT TO HAVE THE FANS DO YOUR JOB !!!… <<<< Come on SUNIL… Enough is Enough…GET RID OF HIM!!!! >>>> THIS IS AMERICA!!! and WE BELIEVE WE CAN WIN and WE CAN DO IT OUR WAY… so PISS OFF back to Germany…Oh, They don’t want you their either…!!!

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