Win Or Lose Brazilian Fans Celebrate Football
Although they suffered their greatest ever humiliation with a 7-1 thrashing from Germany, the Brazilian fans were great. They displayed great dignity in defeat, even good humour and fun. Continuing the amazing sportsmanship moments from Part 1 (including an outer space sportsmanship moment on video), the Brazilians continued to shine.
In one of the many large fan tents, where they show the games on big screens, and with the half time shock score Brazil 0 – Germany 5, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that ‘The DJ started playing an upbeat pop song that I was sure would fall on deaf ears, but instead almost everyone in the crowd started dancing.’
As Samuel Becket once said, “When you‘re in the shxx up to your neck, there’s nothing left to do but sing.” Well in the Brazilians case, there’s nothing left to do but dance!
Meanwhile inside the stadium, in the second half some Brazilian fans started shouting ‘Olay’ as the Germans pinged perfect passes around the park.
Dignity In Defeat – Just Like The Portuguese in 1966
It reminded me of a magical moment in 1966 World Cup described by Bobby Charlton’s mother, the late Cissy Charlton on a BBC radio interview when she described the reaction from the Portuguese fans sitting near her in Wembley in the Quarter Finals when her son Bobby scored his second goal in England’s 2-1 win, Cissy said that all the Portuguese gentlemen around her stood up, turned towards her and started clapping. It was even better on the pitch: “It was a marvellous site to see the Portugal players shaking his (Bobby’s) hand. You don’t see that these days.”
Well I’m happy to report to Cissy Charlton, may she rest in peace, that yes, you do see and hear it these days. Sportsmanship is coming back. And the Brazilian fans are leading the charge.
Dignity In Defeat
Another Brazilian fan demonstrated dignity in defeat with this wonderful gesture to a victorious German fan. This Brazilian fan had been spotted on TV in previous matches carrying and kissing his own World Cup trophy. This photo captures the moment when he presented his golden trophy to a German fan. “Take it to the final. As you can see it’s not easy, but you deserve it, congratulations” said the noble fan.
Brazilian player/commentator Junhino ex Middlesbourgh said after the game that ‘football won’ because of the excellence of the German performance.
50 Years Later Still Thinking About A Match
People remember these games for a long long time. One of Germany’s greatest players (& managers), Franz Beckenbaur, recently said regarding the 1966 World Cup final which Germany lost to England (which included a controversial English goal): “I think England was the better team and they deserved to win.” Fair Play to you, Franz Beckenbaur – honourable stuff.
Brazilian Fans – are great – in more ways than one
Brazil’s Sports Club Recife is the world’s first football club to have an organ donor membership. The fans passion continues long after they die, their eyes, lungs and heart continue to breathe the air, see the club and feel the excitement. 51,000 fans signed as organ donors. See the full stunning story ‘Immortal Fans Sport Club Recife Donate Organs’ .
One of Brazil’s Most Famous Clubs, Sports Club Corinthians Paulista, Fell In Love With An Amateur English Club
World Club Champions and producers of Brazilian greats including Rivalino, Socrates, Edu and Arsenal’s Silinho, fell in love with an amazing amateur English football club so much so, that they even named their club after this tiny English amateur club. When London’s Corinthians FC toured Brazil in 1910, the Brazilians loved the idea that, not only were they a great footballing side, but that this club also refused to take penalties as they didn’t believe the opposition would purposely foul them. I’m writing another post soon about this amazing amateur club that thrashed Man United 11-3, refused penalties, Socratez once played for, were introduced to 60,000 Brazilian fans as the ‘fathers of the World Club Champions’ and today give sweets to the opposition junior teams.
Yes Brazilian fans are amazing. They still give the world joy even when their team is down.
And so this wonderful World Cup is coming to an end. Packed with shock results, great games, nervous games, stunning goals, tears of joy and sorrow, one thing is sure…. a lot of people have made a lot of new friends. As they say:
The brotherhood of football is alive and well. As the astronauts said before the World Cup started, ‘we wish all teams luck’.
Read Part 1 to see how fans and players from all over the world delivered many moments of truly great sportsmasnhip.
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