Sao Paulo: The football fraternity expressed shock and awe at Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday. While the legendary Franz Beckenbauer tweeted that the result was hard to believe, former Brazil great Rivaldo said the result was a difficult thing to accept.
Here’s how the players reacted to the result (alphabetically):
Franz Beckenbauer: What was that? Hard to believe.
Juninho: It will be difficult to recover. Some players I don’t think will be back to wear the Brazilian shirt. It is wrong now to criticise the players. On the field, Germany taught us how to play football, we have to learn from that. The Germans played the way we liked to play so we need to sit back, see what is wrong with Brazilian football.
Oliver Kahn: I don’t know what the lads from Brazil were carrying on their shoulders. In these pictures you keep seeing them crying, before the match or after the match. This team didn’t have enough experience to come to terms with the pressure of a big tournament like this in their own country.
Jurgen Klinsmann: Germany writing World Cup history today! Huge, huge compliments. So proud of them.
Gary Lineker: In nigh on half a century of watching football, that’s the most extraordinary, staggering, bewildering game I’ve ever witnessed.
Rivaldo: It’s difficult to find an explanation for this. It’s a disappointment for all Brazilians. It’s a difficult thing to accept.