World Cup 2014: Reflecting on Brazil’s loss

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World Cup 2014: Reflecting on Brazil's loss

There are many in Brazil who were shocked by their team’s 7-1 defeat by Germany in the World Cup. CCTV’s Stephen Gibbs reports on Brazil’s embarrassing exit from the competition.

It was a gloomy day in Rio, with some Brazilian media outlets calling the loss a “total humiliation.” More so, it was a time to reflect on what could have been, as well as what went wrong.

World Cup 2014: Reflecting on Brazil's loss

World Cup 2014: Reflecting on Brazil's loss

There are many in Brazil who were shocked by their team's 7-1 defeat by Germany in the World Cup. CCTV's Stephen Gibbs reports on Brazil's embarrassing exit from the competition.

Every day during the tournament, the Copacabana beach was packed with people playing football. That changed after the loss.

Brazil’s love affair with the game is going through a stormy patch. The night of the defeat, the national mood was one of complete shock and there was anger focused at a team that had been adored just hours before. Some Brazilians were already switching loyalties.

Brazil will, of course, get over this. Even so, the dream its people dared to have of winning a World Cup at home has been, well and truly, shattered.

It all was a reminder of the danger of pinning one’s hopes on something that can go so dramatically wrong.