9 July 2014, 13:42

Scolari Out As Brazil Struggles To Cope With Defeat

Germany's fan celebrates victory of his team during a semifinal game between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

Germany's fan celebrates victory of his team during a semifinal game between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

Germany's fan celebrates victory of his team during a semifinal game between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

By Julio Urdaneta

WASHINGTON (VR) – As Brazilians try to cope with their elimination from the World Cup, their coach has already taken one for the team. After the game with Germany, “people are going from disbelief to anger and sadness,” said Costa Rican soccer expert Alonzo Solano, who is in Rio de Janeiro covering the World Cup. “The public is blaming [Coach Luiz Felipe] Scolari, and they feel Thiago Silva was needed yesterday.”

Scolari will head the Brazilian squad until the third place game, Brazilian media reported today. Former Corinthians coach Adenor Leonardo Bacci, known locally as “Tité,” is said to be tapped as Brazil’s next coach.

In the meantime, stunned Brazilians struggle to carry on their lives after the debacle of the semifinal game against Germany in Belo Horizonte yesterday. Brazil lost 7-1.

Local media reported rioting and looting in several Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte, after the semifinal game.

But in the aftermath of the humiliating game, life struggles to go on.

Newspapers with the numbers 7-1 against a black cover, headlines with the words “humiliation” and “disbelief” greeted the commuters this morning across the South American nation.

“Folks are going back to work, the streets are crowded as usual,” Solano said. “But everybody has a long face. It’ll take some time to let go of this.”

In other parts of the country, Brazilians have lived up to their reputation of being prone to dance and sing even when adversity strikes.

“In Salvador, there was no rioting after the game, just sadness and deception. By the end of the game, nobody cared anymore and started celebrating Germany’s goals, with sarcasm, and singing and dancing to songs about the Brazilian squad,”

Brazilians are also getting ready to support the Netherlands in today’s semifinal game against eternal rival Argentina.

The animosity between the neighboring nations was exacerbated as Argentine fans staged a mock-up “minute of silence” for Brazil’s defeat in the outskirts of the Itaquerao stadium today as they wait for the other semifinal game.

“Here, everybody is now rooting for the Netherlands because they don’t want Argentines to win on Brazilian soil,” But one thing they are certainly not rooting for is Brazil’s next game, a match for the third place against the team that loses today.

“Brazilians couldn’t care less about the third place match,” Solano said, “unless it is against Argentina.”

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