“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”
― Napoleon Hill
There are really no words in the dictionary to describe how painful this loss is to me and my country. Something about futebol being like a religion to us. My green and yellow heart cries in despair and confusion. How did this happen?
I sat totally motionless and emotionless staring at the TV while Brazil totally fell apart right before my eyes. It was hard for a moment to know how to feel. How could this happen to us, the land of futebol? We were playing at home and we wanted to re-write the past. In 1950 the World Cup was played in Brazil and we lost the final to Uruguay. This is not the happy ending we were dreaming of. I vote for no more World Cups in Brazil 🙂
Truth is we didn’t have a winning team from the beginning. I knew it was going to be hard against Germany, but I hoped the passion and soul of the Brazilian people would carry the team through. Passion alone didn’t help!
So we lost, but not really a simple loss, this was record breaking embarrassing loss!
Well, we now have another four years to lick our wounds and come back with a better plan and a better team. There are lessons here for everyone from the players to the fans. I still don’t know what they are, but pain always brings growth.
I don’t want, by any means, to take any credit away from Germany. They played a great game and made Brazil look like a bunch of amateurs. I take my hat off to them. The German fans should be proud! (thinking of you Ute and Steffi, to name a couple German friends among readers and fellow bloggers)
To Brazil I give you my tears and the hope that the country will unite in sorrow and come out stronger and better for it! It was not just a game!
“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ” ― Ernest Hemingway
ps. thanks Heaven for humor! My sister just relayed to me all the jokes that are being told in Brazil about this incredible embarrassment – now I am crying because I am laughing so hard. There is hope when we can see the humor in it and move on. I guess if we must lose just make it memorable. And we sure did!! We broke a bunch of records. And at least the loss was not to Argentina! 🙂