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Volume 6 No. 197

World Cup

German media "savored" the national team's 7-1 semifinal victory over World Cup hosts Brazil on Wednesday, describing the rout "as a sensation and a miracle and -- even though the final is yet to come -- its players as immortal," according to Madeline Chambers of REUTERS. Top-selling Bild "devoted six of its eight main pages to the match" under the banner headline "Speechless!" The paper "dedicated a full page to each of the five German goalscorers in their red and black strip." Daily Die Welt's website -- the victory was too late to make many papers' print editions -- called the match "The Seventh Wonder of Football." Despite heavy storms, fireworks "rang out across Berlin after each goal on Tuesday night and after the final whistle cars raced through the city with honking horns and German flags hanging from the windows" (REUTERS, 7/9).

BRAZIL MEDIA CONDEMN 'DISGRACE': REUTERS' Andrew Downie reported Brazilian newspapers and websites "were unanimous" that the match "was the greatest shame in the country's illustrious footballing history." "Historic Disgrace" read the "massive headline" on the website of the Folha de São Paulo, Brazil’s most influential newspaper. "Brazilian football was reduced to dust," said main sports columnist Juca Kfouri. The globoesporte website hashtag chosen was "#I Can’t Believe it" (REUTERS, 7/9). The BBC noted Brazilian newspapers described the game as "shameful" while social media was "dominated by reaction from football supporters, players and other sportsman." BBC presenter Gary Lineker said, "It was not just a defeat for the host nation, but a humiliation for the host nation. It is the most extraordinary night's football I have ever witnessed and it was a result you could never imagine in a million years." Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper Lance's website described the defeat as the "biggest shame in history." Folha ran the headline "Historical humiliation." Brazil news site O Globo wrote, "Brazil is slain by Germany and suffers the biggest defeat in their history: 7-1." "Le Desastre" was printed alongside the picture of Brazil's David Luiz on the front page of France's L'Equipe. The London Telegraph described Brazil's defeat as the "greatest humiliation in World Cup history." Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil said: "What a match! Estadio do Maracana - great to see you again." Germany defender Per Mertesacker said: "DIE MANNSCHAFT! I really enjoy this moment... now let's go all in for the final." Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan said, "Sometimes the best of us succumb to the least expected. Life teaches us every time the best are not infallible. Oh Brazil..." (BBC, 7/9). O Globo published "a scathing criticism of its national team’s display against Germany on Tuesday night, giving every single player a zero out of 10 rating for their performance" (London EVENING STANDARD, 7/9).

FORMER PLAYERS REACT: The AFP reported Pele "was quick to cast aside" his country's loss, saying that the Selecao "would deliver in Russia in 2018." Pele wrote on his Twitter feed, "We'll get the sixth title in Russia. Congratulations to Germany. I always said that football is a box of surprises. Nobody in this world expected this result" (AFP, 7/9). REUTERS' Cawthorne & Ampuero wrote former Argentina player Diego Maradona said it was a "hammer-blow" that "has damaged the hosts' image around the world." Maradona: "I said Germany were better than Brazil, I didn't like Brazil from the start, but I didn't think Germany were going to be so imposing, so devastating, so decisive. Brazil just didn't turn up and I think the worst thing for Brazil is that they gave an extremely poor image" (REUTERS, 7/9).

PRESIDENTIAL MATTERS: The AFP reported Brazilians "cried, cursed their president and covered their faces in shame." A section of the crowd "chanted sexually expletive obscenities against the players and President Dilma Rousseff, who during the cup had mostly enjoyed a reprieve from protests" over the record A$11B ($10.3B) spent to host the tournament. The tears "began well before the final whistle, with the third German goal in the first half causing children and adults to start bawling in the stadium and in public screenings across the nation." Rousseff said she was “very sad’’ and “sorry’’ about the result. Rousseff: “Like every Brazilian, I am very, very said about this defeat. I am immensely sorry for all of us. Fans and our players’’ (AFP, 7/9).

The Internet and social media sites were buzzing after Germany's "shocking" 7-1 semifinal victory over World Cup host Brazil on Tuesday. Users from across the globe took to the Internet to share their opinions and thoughts on the match. BUZZFEED created the following compilation of tweets posted in reaction to the game that resulted in Germany advancing to a record eighth World Cup final (BUZZFEED, 7/9).

At one point, there were so many goals in such a short period of time… Then things got a little nuts. New Brazil logos were created… And then showed Germany’s dominance in new, refreshing ways…

Brazilian police "were on high alert" following Brazil's exit from the World Cup, according to Paul Collins of the London DAILY MAIL. While the "wide spread rioting that was feared did not happen, there were some reports of trouble in and around the stadium after the game and in other cities across Brazil." Authorities were "called to a densely-populated area of Sao Paulo after supporters reportedly set a bus alight, leaving it as little more than a burnt-out shell." Security was "beefed up around the stadium" as one fan, Samir Kelvin, clung to a streetlamp and cried, "I have nothing left! I am Brazilian and humiliated I want to kill myself" (DAILY MAIL, 7/9). The AP reported "several buses were set on fire and an electronics store was looted in Sao Paulo late Tuesday." Police did not "give a figure but Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper said on its website that some 20 buses were torched in a garage where unused vehicles were stored" (AP, 7/9).

SHOTS FIRED ON COPACABANA: In Sydney, Eryk Bagshaw reported a group of Australians were "caught up in mass panic near an area for World Cup fans on Copacabana beach" after Brazil's defeat. Gunshots "rang out in the area as Germany scored its fifth goal, sparking thousands of fans to run in terror down Brazil's most famous beach." Australian tourist Tyson Perkins said, "As the goal was scored, gunshots and screams were heard coming from our left." Foreign journalists "were also caught up in the panic." Arise News sports reporter Lance Santos tweeted, "Safe inside a British hostel now. The fear on peoples faces running for cover was scary. Children running too. Rio is in for a long night" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/9). The DPA reported the "business responsible for public transportation in Sao Paulo informed that traffic was not stopped despite the attacks," which included three buses and at least two cars that were burned. Six people, "including four adolescents, were arrested after police intervention." In Belo Horizonte, where the match took place, "disturbances began inside the stadium with the game still in play." At least four fans "were kicked out during the game for starting fights and lighting a trashcan on fire." One German "suffered an ear injury and lost partial hearing." Four people were arrested in the Savassi neighborhood of Belo Horizonte (DPA, 7/9).