As expected, the US boys had been a formidable opponent, and it was a stiff piece of work for the German soccer team to prevail in a 1:0 victory. How close the US has come to the very top in international football - as we call it in Europe - is being underscored by a soccer sensation superbly captured in Professor Birdthistle's guest-post at The Volokh Conspiracy:
If you were lucky enough to see today’s German vivisection of Brazil, you will have witnessed perhaps the most famous game of soccer ever played. Even had Brazil gone on to win this World Cup, those victories and new trophy would soon have faded amidst their cluttered trophy cabinet. But a loss this massive, this calamitous — at home in front of their bawling compatriots — will scorch football’s record books like a funeral pyre for decades to come.
The slaughter was so devastating, so historic, it may take a poet to capture it. Perhaps Wordsworth:
Dire was it in that dusk to be alive, But to be Brazilian was truly hell.
And footballers in Brazil now a-field
Shall think themselves accursed that they were here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles Germans speak
That fought ’gainst them upon Saint Jögi’s day.
Even the historical superlatives can’t convey just how Titanic this disaster is for Brazilian soccer. The Seleção hadn’t lost a competitive game at home in 39 years. This defeat was their worst in 94 years.
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