The morning after the night before, and as tear gas cleared around Brazilian cities, locals walked like zombies past the newsstands.
In the centre of Belo Horizonte which shall now forever be known as the scene of their greatest humiliation and a night that threw a sharp exclamation mark into their national history, the front pages hit you almost as hard as the pummelling of German goals in the first half.
“Congratulations to the runners-up of 1950. Yesterday we found out what shame really is,” said Extra, commenting on how even Maracanazo has been dwarfed by this. Meia Hora ran a plain black front page with the words, “There will be no cover. While you read that, Germany just scored again”. Lance went plain and white except for the words at the bottom that told readers to fill in their own words while suggesting “indignation, revulsion, pain...”
Estadão described it as, “Humiliation on home soil” and “Historic disgrace”. And O Dia went simply with, “Go to hell, Felipão!”
Meanwhile O Globo penned “Shame. Disgrace. Humiliation... This team made history,” but more noteworthy was their giving every Brazilian player 0 in their ratings. Written beside each number was a short synopsis that in total amounted to the words, buried, run over, lost, impetuous, flustered, demolished, uncontrolled, overcome, weak, irrelevant, confused, tragic, insipid and beside the manager’s name they wrote, “Beaten”.
But it was beyond the front pages and even the sports pages that you got a sense of the effect this has on Brazil as a society. A scan through Folha and they talked about Dilma’s new worries regarding the economic impact of the result and how it can alter the presidential election which is due up in October.
Also, there were quotes from union leaders who are promising to nowresume their strikes and their protests while there was news of the trouble too. For instance in Sao Paulo’s bohemian Vila Madalena, police were called to break up violence between Argentinian fans and the locals while elsewhere in the city, buses were set alight as it rained goals. It was far from the only city reporting riots.