Brazil were hosting a FIFA World Cup after 64 years. They were 62 competitive games unbeaten at home. They were the heavy pre-tournament favourites. They were the mighty Brazil, the most iconic powerhouse of world football.
But on 8th July, 2014, at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, the soul of Brazilian football and the soul of an entire nation was torn to shreds by a ruthless German team, who would eventually go on to win the tournament.
Not only did Brazil lose the World Cup semi-final 7-1, an astounding scoreline in its own right, the performance was so woeful, that the wounds inflicted by the defeat are never likely to heal. This result will go down as one of the most astonishing events in sporting history.
The entire Brazil team was at fault for this disaster. The defence was out of its depths, with no one having a clue about their positional sense. David Luiz and Dani Alves, especially were the culprits. They terribly missed their captain Thiago Silva and the midfield sitting in front of them, to shield them did them no favours.
This result brought about a huge rebuild act in Brazilian football, which to this very day, is ongoing. After the disaster, Brazil are yet to find their groove, failing to find a philosophy under Dunga and have now turned to Tite, to bring back the glory days to Brazilian football.