The very special venue for the 2014 World Cup was Brazil. Football was coming home for the first time since 1950. In that World Cup, a tale repeated innumerably this year, the at that stage virgin Brazil had lost the unloseable 1950 final 2-1 to Uruguay in front of 200,000 Cariocas and the Brazilian nation had never forgotten it, or forgiven it.

Brazil was the only elite country to have never won the World Cup at home, despite their record five other successes. After Brazil’s excellent 2013 Confederations Cup, the home expectation was high that 1950 could be avenged and the wound closed. The effects of this expectation would manifest itself on the inexperienced Brazilian team in disturbing ways.

This is an informal chronicle of Brazil’s fall from the world’s marquee national team in 2010 to what we saw in 2014.

  1. There’s an awful lot of coffee in Brazil…
  2. Sócrates dies
  3. The World Cup in Curitiba
  4. Strike One for Brazil

Strike Two for Brazil could be considered the traumatic 1-1 draw with Chile in the second round and the penalty shootout that followed, and the thuggish 2-1 win over Colombia in the quarter-final. The definitive Death of Brazil was the 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte. You can read about these events here.


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