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2014 FIFA World Cup semifinals: Brazil 1-7 Germany

Luiz Felipe Scolari is an obsolete coach. This isn't a novelty, but when this blogger claimed as much, following the victory on penalties over Chile, many agreed and many more preferred to lash out, abuse and offend. Blind followers, unable to see that which is right in front of their very eyes.

No, on that occasion I wasn't saying anything of note. It was a simple and clear assessment following his failures at both Chelsea, where he was sacked, and Palmeiras, who were already well on the way to relegation when he lost his job.

And with the "Seleção," where he made innumerable errors which no smokescreen could obscure forever. Like the nonsense over strong players being emotionally weak, diverting the focus from the poor work carried out on a day-to-day basis, which became evident during the games. The biggest issue was never emotional, it was technical and tactical.

That much was obvious, except for those who preferred to protect the coach. It was a fragile setup, lacking in structure and formation, lacking in everything!

Living on the false glory called the Confederations Cup, which Brazil also won before the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, tournaments in which they didn't even reach the semifinals. This time around the Brazilian side did advance past the quarterfinals, they were among the four best teams, but maybe it's for the best that they didn't go any further.

Germany humiliated the Brazilians. It was a defeat that resembled the 1998 World Cup final, when France had to be content with a 3-0 victory due to the incompetence of their below-level attackers, who went by the names of Stephane Guivarc'h and Christophe Dugarry. Some people still use Ronaldo's pre-game issues to gloss over the true events of that humiliation in the suburbs of Paris.

Brazil missed a chance to change.

We saw a new reality shock at the Mineirão: A technical, well-trained and cohesive unit against a poorly assembled team, who gave up valuable space to the Germans.

The manner in which the CBF coach set up his team showed a lack of knowledge of current soccer, of the opponent, a lack of tactics, of training, of everything. The same thing happened to Muricy Ramalho in Santos' 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the FIFA Club World Cup Final in 2011.

It remains to be seen how long it will take Brazil to recover from Tuesday night's semifinal thrashing.
It remains to be seen how long it will take Brazil to recover from Tuesday night's semifinal thrashing.

Overrated "professors" like Scolari deserve to be questioned, just like the bigwigs who appoint them. Brazilian federation president Jose Maria Marín and Marco Polo del Nero appointed Scolari to act as a shield, reckoning on his enormous and undeniable charisma.

The wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The coach and the administrators are partners in this disaster. On the pitch, Neymar and Thiago Silva may have lessened the humiliation, but they couldn't have avoided defeat.

But this 7-1 defeat may lead to something positive. Firstly because Brazil have the chance to banish this crude and outdated style of play, based on worn-out notions like motivation and other crutches that are no longer sufficient to keep a team on its feet. This is no longer enough, even with all the great players that the nation produces.

The idea of a sixth world title has been cast into the netherworld. So, Germany exorcised Brazilian soccer, and it's now up to all Brazilians to make sure that the demons never return.