The Great Brazilian Nightmare…#BRAvsGER

In what must have been an abysmal nightmare the Brazilian team proved to be a pushover for the Germans in a semi-final no one could have predicted, going down 7 to 1.

What is left to say…the Brazilian team proved to be a pushover for the Germans in a semi-final no one could have predicted.

Incredible to remember that Ghana’s Black Stars actually  held this same German team at bay with a 2-2 score when the two met on the 21st of June, Algeria too…how could mighty Brazil have crumbled so easily then? The tweets below reflect a good cross-section of reactions to this peak or trough (depending on your affliations) to one of the most intensely (social) mediated global pop cultural events ever–World Cup 2014.
#BRA v #GER becomes most tweeted about sports match ever – which adds up to a lot of mockery: http://t.co/IYnE0jZqNk http://t.co/oglKlUdrEV
#BRA v #GER becomes most tweeted about sports match ever – which adds up to a lot of mockery:  http://gu.com/p/3qnpn/tw  pic.twitter.com/oglKlUdrEV
Nooooooooooooo. What is this. No. Let them start again. This isn’t right. 4-0? 25minutes.
Can we just press restart?
Brazil has been my team since 1966 but this lot really are a useless shower and they’ve had this coming. Neymar or no Neymar.
This is schoolboy stuff. Brazil have completely capitulated. Never seen anything like it in my entire life.
Seriously, I’m not joking, I do hope FIFA investigates this for fixing. I know what would happen in cricket in similar circumstances.
I think that the referee ought to stop this now, just out of respect to Brazil teams past.
Total, total psychological collapse. I’ve never seen anything like it. Have you? At a World Cup? In a semi-final?
checking to see which Parliamentarians look distracted #WorldCup2014
Wake up Brazil! Your goalie is playing like a Dad who is letting his kids score. #FifaWorldCup
This won’t be the first time that thousands of Germans will have to lie low in Brazil for a while for their own safety.
Double digits mi seh! Let’s really see history.
This match is looking like GerMany vs BraNil
Stephanie Nolen is the Latin America Correspondent for Canada’s @GlobeandMail, tweeting live from Brazil…
@PialiRoy it’s almost unbearable to be here
Is this legal? 5-0 in 30 minutes at a semi final game? Fifa needs to make rules about this.
This isn’t because Neymar is missing. This is because Thiago Silva is missing.
Scholari with that Rolf Harris in court look, wondering “how the fuck do I get out off this stadium…”
Possibly the saddest Brazilian fan at this world cup game: #BRA #GER http://t.co/EuJynbLZJc
Possibly the saddest Brazilian fan at this world cup game: #BRA #GER pic.twitter.com/EuJynbLZJc
It turns out Facebook engineered this whole match to study #BRA‘s emotions.
How do you explain to your wife that you missed the birth of your child to see Brazil beaten like this? #YoureSleepingOnTheCouch
This is really sad :/ "@BuzzFeedSports: Brazil fans spotted burning flag in São Paulo:<br /><br /><br />
(via @VejaSP) http://t.co/xH5PZJKPbZ"
This is really sad :/@BuzzFeedSports: Brazil fans spotted burning flag in São Paulo: (via @VejaSP) pic.twitter.com/xH5PZJKPbZ
These guys would have not let this happen... http://t.co/lDbBiKrCw5
These guys would have not let this happen… pic.twitter.com/lDbBiKrCw5
For whatever it tells you about Brazilians (or humans?) there are still a few people around me muttering “seis a cinco”
This whole #BRAvsGER match, summed up in less than six seconds. https://vine.co/v/MPXtK7qw5Ya 
It’s officially the end of the world. Square full of Brazilians cheering German goal number 6
Report that people breaking up Copacabana 😦
It's all got too much for one little Brazil fan #bra #ger http://t.co/JPPpQGOEVK
It’s all got too much for one little Brazil fan #bra #ger pic.twitter.com/JPPpQGOEVK
Was it a fix? Did #Brazil throw it for the betting? Odds on 6-0 must have been 1000-1. Someone somewhere is very happy
To be fair, you wouldn’t be able to see a ball coming at you if you were crying either.
Final score: Germany 7, Brazil 1.  http://t.co/sdPnZ3L5Xs (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP-Getty) http://t.co/TQ5qbIqfR7
Final score: Germany 7, Brazil 1.  http://nyti.ms/1oFjWEd  (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP-Getty) pic.twitter.com/TQ5qbIqfR7
Is cause dem run the people outa the favela fi kip werl cup. Judgement tek dem.
World. This is just sad. #BRAvsGER
@Pornhub: Please stop uploading the game highlights to Pornhub… Our public humiliation category is full. #BrazilvsGermany
My mother heads off to bed with, “Tomorrow, I have to pay the people who backed Germany” #allaboutgambling
“It’s a measure of how downright German the Germans are they were absolutely furious with each other for allowing Brazil to score.”
Oscar being consoled by Thiago SILVA after 7 - 1 defeat by Germany in 2014 World Cup semi-final #BrazilvsGermany http://t.co/gJYHPfqJNJ
Oscar being consoled by Thiago SILVA after 7 – 1 defeat by Germany in 2014 World Cup semi-final #BrazilvsGermany pic.twitter.com/gJYHPfqJNJ
Feel lucky that you have witnessed that people. You won’t see a game like that until Liverpool v Arsenal next season.
Maradona rubbing it in just a bit http://t.co/Wh5dBDR5hF
Maradona rubbing it in just a bit pic.twitter.com/Wh5dBDR5hF
Germany came for the kill. Didn’t reach final last #WC. So sure they’d reach the final this yr they constructed a village in #BRA #epic
Don’t worry, Brazil. There are still bigger opponents to beat, like malnutrition and global warming!
I bet Clarice Lispector wouldn’t have given a toss who won tonight.
Thanks to @tejucole we have a remarkable archive of what turned out to be unforgettable #thetimeofthegame.  https://twitter.com/hashtag/thetimeofthegame?src=hash 
Is it tough for German fans that they CAN’T chant Deutschland uber Alles??? 😛
Wins Twitter. Dies. “@afrolicious: In my version of events, someone’s grandma living in the favelas orchestrated this as vengeance.”
CONFIRMED: Reggae Boyz tied up Brazil team and stole their gears.
Only team Germany haven’t beaten this World Cup? Ghana! #blackstars
No humiliation. All of us have bad days at the office. Even sportspeople.
An amazing shot of the stadium where the #BRA vs #GER World Cup match was played earlier. - AP photo #glnrWorldcup http://t.co/5BcZqBae9f
An amazing shot of the stadium where the #BRA vs #GER World Cup match was played earlier. – AP photo #glnrWorldcup pic.twitter.com/5BcZqBae9f
Wondering if Argentina are considering tanking their semi-final just so they can smash Brazil in the playoff and add insult to injury.
Brasilian friends saying it would have been worse to lose in the final. To Argentina. At home. #agreed
Whenever I begin to feel sorry for Brazil, I remember Fernandinho kicking James Rodriguez for 90 minutes and not getting a yellow. #BRA #GER
Mass robbers create panic among hundreds of fans watching #WorldCup2014 semi-final on Copacabana beach  http://bbc.in/1mGqSm6 
Riot police move in amid violent scenes on Copacabana beach as Brazil humiliated 7-1 by Germany  http://bit.ly/1k3wRMh 
How are the Brazil supporters coping? Crying every time I see a caipirinha. #Brazil
Brazilian friend: “Who’d think at the World Cup we’d find out our football is crap & our cops are great?” re this  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/world-cup/small-time-rio-cops-unravel-world-cups-web-of-ticket-scalping-intrigue/article19508795/ 
This video of Brazil fans in Haiti watching the team collapse is a must see…
Brazil fans crazy at loss to Germany
Fights between fans reportedly forced hundreds to flee Copacabana beach.  http://thesco.re/1vYGHUU   http://youtu.be/J1LHc9v6tjg 
Riot police move in amid violent scenes on Copacabana beach as Brazil humiliated 7-1 –  http://flip.it/eN5Fi  #World http://flip.it/LrdNv 
For real?? RT @InigoGilmore: RT @Lance_News Just escaped hectic gunfire on copacabana beach #copacabana #rio gun men opened fire on fanfest
BBC News – World Cup 2014: Panic as fans flee Copacabana beach  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28222612 

Meanwhile the mighty Associated Press which objected to Shepherd Fairey using one of their photographs of Obama for his famous poster has blithely lifted part of a story by Indian writer and IP activist Achal Prabhala, Neymar and the Disappearing Donkey, published on the blog Africa is a Country, without attribution. Prabhala’s brilliantly researched article which was reposted again and again during the world cup looked at the subject of race in Brazil, examining the transformation of Neymar in particular in terms of his appearance.
#Plagiarism RT @AfricasaCountry: Thank You To The @AP. We Feel Like LIke Neymar Right Now.  http://fb.me/6xDLormyK

More World Cup Underdogs…#ALGvsGER and #USAvsBEL

Curated tweets from Algeria vs Germany and USA vs Belgium in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

  1. If you run out of World Cup Budweiser keep old bottles and boil up some rice. Chuck away rice but put water into bottles in fridge. Chill.
  2. Drink cold, but go easy, it’ll be a higher alcohol content than you are used to. #fudweiser
  3. The world upside down: Algeria teaching Germany how to play soccer. It might be just a brief dream.
  4. You can hear the Algeria fans singing pro-Palestine songs in the Stadium ️
  5. Never, ever thought I’d say this, but Germany look tactically inept.
  6. In today’s #WorldCup recap, Jonathan Wilson on the political fear of soccer and how to shame a pathological diver:  http://tpr.ly/1sSkMSZ 
  7. @FutbolsaCountry May the team that holds the more legitimate historical grudge against #FRA prevail.
  8. Don’t know if Algeria is fasting. But Germany is definitely slowing.
  9. Germany is struggling against guys who haven’t eaten all day.
  10. The Muslim world could use a lift ya now… New caliphate and all#ALG
  11. Wait, Algeria holding Germany to a tie? What a World Cup.
  12. Great game Algeria. You made us proud. Well done Germany.
  13. Nooooooo. Germany plays France next. Here come all the WW2 tweets. Gah!
  14. “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end the Germans win.”—Gary Lineker Or 120 minutes, Gary.
  15. Unnuh see dat goal???? Slimani … Algeria …. OMGawd
  16. Is there extra extra time in extra time?
  17. Yow, big up Algeria.
  18. Fucking beauty! Never saw that coming. Bet they wish they’d bothered to properly defend Ouzil’s goal now.
  19. GOAL! #ALG will not lay down and its that man Djabou. Its now#GER 2 – 1 #ALG but is it too late?
  20. This one hurt the worst. Bravo, #ALG, a courageous, honorable display. Those first half missed chances…
  21. Algeria is this World Cup’s PT Usha.
  22. Well played Algeria. Organize a triangular series with Chile and Mexico please.
  23. Thank you thank you goal gods!!! Algeria scored!!#neighbourshateme #screaminginpublic
  24. Disappointing start to the new Caliphate.
  25. Corporate America takes World Cup breaks, and we have the data to prove it  http://qz.com/228183  via @qz
  26. Put it in your diaries. #GER are in the quarterfinals and will face #FRA on Friday. #onyourside http://t.co/ILWO22c1Qg
    Put it in your diaries. #GER are in the quarterfinals and will face #FRA on Friday.#onyourside pic.twitter.com/ILWO22c1Qg
  27. "When things are a bit tough we concentrate on the ball and forget"| Read the #AlJazeeraMag: http://t.co/T9WRm16E8E http://t.co/3XeaB0DdoC
    “When things are a bit tough we concentrate on the ball and forget”| Read the#AlJazeeraMag http://aje.me/magazine  pic.twitter.com/3XeaB0DdoC
  28. Why, in multi-racial Brazil, are the World Cup crowds so white?@AfricasaCountry finds the answer:  https://medium.com/matter/why-are-the-world-cup-crowds-so-white-755f3755e839 …
  29. And so it is that I find myself cheering for USA because, for a change, they’re the underdogs. #WorldCup2014
  30. Argentina's Angel di Maria celebrates after scoring the goal to propel #ARG into the last 8. - AP photo #glnrWorldCup http://t.co/CiHzmEGhsT
    Argentina’s Angel di Maria celebrates after scoring the goal to propel #ARG into the last 8. – AP photo #glnrWorldCup pic.twitter.com/CiHzmEGhsT
  31. I have the most creative fans… #WorldCup fan-generated video for#Champion. Nice work! Go USA!  http://vimeo.com/99636396 
  32. Basically, the Belgian players have been trained like little soccer automatons since they were embryos. http://grantland.com/features/world-cup-2014-belgian-national-team-vincent-kompany-eden-hazard-marouane-fellaini/ …
  33. World Cup: Brazil Uses Sex, Patriotism, Cocktails to Promote Condoms & Tests  http://ht.ly/yDSSg   http://ow.ly/i/65f0R  RT @FrontiersMag
  34. Would love Divock Origi to score — check this Kenya Citizen TV interview w his dad, who played for Harambee Stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBmw05xB4sE …
  35. Now we know real football has arrived in the US RT @dhume Watching #BELUSA @AEI. [Don't tell Ann Coulter.] http://t.co/DYRIfz04Wo
    Now we know real football has arrived in the US RT @dhume Watching#BELUSA @AEI. [Don’t tell Ann Coulter.] pic.twitter.com/DYRIfz04Wo
  36. I have a sudden desire to see Belgium win today.
  37. Lackluster show by Amreeka so far. Someone should announce Brazil has oil to motivate them.
  38. USA and Belgium never seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
  39. THE BEARDS ARE COMING! #CreepingSharia
  40. When I am one day taken hostage, disregard whatever law enforcement wants to do. Just please, please send Tim Howard in after me.
  41. Just tried to follow Tim Howard on Twitter. Got blocked.
  42. Tim Howard could’ve saved my parents’ marriage.
  43. Tim Howard playing so well he might be the fourth (maybe even third) best goalkeeper in the tournament so far.
  44. Can I do a #creepingSharia tweet for Tim Howard??
  45. Belgium 0, Tim Howard 0.
  46. FT: #BEL 0-0 #USA. Tim Howard with a man-of-the-match performance takes #USA to ET. http://t.co/Xmy0zAENRC  #USAvsBEL http://t.co/QCOdiN9jPt
    FT: #BEL 0-0 #USA. Tim Howard with a man-of-the-match performance takes#USA to ET.  http://bbc.in/1iVO6Ul  #USAvsBEL pic.twitter.com/QCOdiN9jPt
  47. Pic of the day: @Pontifex et Swiss Guard following ARG-SUI at #Brasil2014 http://t.co/mGs5kGanhr
    Pic of the day: @Pontifex et Swiss Guard following ARG-SUI at #Brasil2014pic.twitter.com/mGs5kGanhr
  48. FIFA has banned goals?
  49. An estimated 28,000 people are at Soldier Field to watch #USAvsBEL | Alex Wroblewki/Sun-Times Media http://t.co/4DR07FmnxP
    An estimated 28,000 people are at Soldier Field to watch #USAvsBEL | Alex Wroblewki/Sun-Times Media pic.twitter.com/4DR07FmnxP
  50. Wafflery. Oh mon Dieu. RT @Raheelk: Feel bad for brother@TimHowardGK Another 30 mins of Belgian wafflery to defend.
  51. 15 saves – the most saves in a world cup in half a century says this ESPN commentator about Tim Howard.
  52. De Bruyne is doing very well for an English kid that got left behind after a field trip to Ypres.
  53. My co-workers keep calling Bruyne prince Harry
  54. Free Stella Artois in Brussels tonight—
  55. Daddy, why do we burn waffles in the town square every July 1?
  56. Tim Howard has now made 16 saves today – the most by a goalkeeper in a single match in World Cup history.
  57. I am dying agahhahhahhahhhahhahhahahhaha http://t.co/F3s5SOCrPB
    I am dying agahhahhahhahhhahhahhahahhaha pic.twitter.com/F3s5SOCrPB
  58. My buddy just turned to me and said “fuck it, nobody plays this shit anyway, right? It ain’t like its fuckin baseball.”
  59. BOOOOOM! And the prayer was instantly answered! #HailMary#USA
  60. Every home needs this white foam. Put it on the Christmas list. #Brazil2014 http://t.co/AIb3mKBfkx
    Every home needs this white foam. Put it on the Christmas list. #Brazil2014pic.twitter.com/AIb3mKBfkx
  61. Fact! >RT @themacheteman: USA just start play some football.. soccer dem did a play all along
  62. Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer is now red-and-white in honour of Canada Day http://t.co/BCLnXED3JV
    Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer is now red-and-white in honour of Canada Daypic.twitter.com/BCLnXED3JV
  63. Great match. Tough luck USA. But one can’t win on a goalkeeper and a late sub.
  64. If Tim Howard is not on a box of Wheaties … something is wrong America.
  65. Best World Cup Ever.
  66. Congratulations USA. Now that you know what it’s like to have your soul ripped out by a game of football, you’re in the gang.
  67. New lesson for #USA: steal more Germans for your national team. You need more Germans.
  68. Bravo, #USA. It felt super weird to start supporting you.
  69. The next American that dips a French fry in mayo is exiled.
  70. Come on USA. Do lap of honour like it is hollywood film.
  71. England, next time you lose, lose like USA.
  72. And dear Americans. It’s football. Not soccer. Just hold that thought.
  73. HISTORY: Tim Howard made 16 saves tonight, most by any keeper in a World Cup game ever. http://t.co/zYdtk3I7R4
    HISTORY: Tim Howard made 16 saves tonight, most by any keeper in a World Cup game ever. pic.twitter.com/zYdtk3I7R4
  74. All the round of 16 top seeds through to the quarters. But every match was close. This tournament is bananas.
  75. This World Cup has been thrilling and exhausting to watch. I’m relieved to get a couple of days off. Can’t imagine how the players feel.
  76. New American fans: this is what soccer is like. It kills you, and you die, and sometimes it’s beautiful, and then you do it again next week.
  77. Tim Howard has achieved true cult status. I hear he is going to run for 2016. Hillary has endorsed him. The GOP will have no candidate 1/2
  78. Twitter make dem ting yah better… Man dem seh Jesus and Howard both save… But Jesus had 11 niggas he could trust
  79. BREAKING: The whole of the USA goes back to not caring about ‘soccer’ at all.
  80. Oh shut up Pentagon you lost RT @guardian: Pentagon says growing US forces in Iraq need ‘flexibility’ for mission:  http://gu.com/p/3qtg9 
  81. Will be supporting Colombia now. They are more Brazil than the team that calls itself Brazil
  82. It is incredibly satisfying to see the rest of the world’s pity and condescension cascade toward the US
  83. As a numbers guy, I’m just hitting refresh and watching the followers on Tim Howard’s account go up crazily.
  84. Murray out at Wimbledon, TWO WHOLE FUCKING DAYS to go before more World Cup…are they trying to kill me?#armchairanarachy

The World Cup and its Others…

The World Cup as tweeted live taking note of the play of race, colour, nation, ethnicity, religion…and locaton.

Presenting a Storified tweetshot of reactions from those of us in the Global South as our representatives at the World Cup in Brazil surged ahead on the day that the Black Stars (Ghana) and the Super Eagles (NIG) made their presence felt–race, religion, colour, ethnicity, nationality–all came in for comment. For example, the following tweet from Jean Lowrie-Chin in Jamaica: @chinhubert saw a tweet during #GHAvsUSA: “Not sure who to back – Ancestors from Ghana but remittances from USA” ☺ #Brasil2014. Check it out…

So Germany is the only European team that has a white guy who scores
Ok, who am I supporting here? #HONvsECU (@tejucole, any advice?)
@kamilashamsie Um, definitely the small poor country with brown people.
Helpful. “@tejucole: @kamilashamsie Um, definitely the small poor country with brown people.”
karachiahab
@kamilashamsie @tejucole But they are both small poor countries with brown people. No? Very helpful indeed 🙂 #HONvsECU
Costly error by #ECU leads to Costly goal for #HON. Nice.
There can no longer be any doubt: the U.S. is one of the top nine American teams in this tournament.
So basically postcolonial nations have spent every minute since independnce dedicating themselves to proving every colonial stereotype right
It is delightful that the national honor of so very Catholic France continues to be in the hands of its predominantly Muslim football team
MESSI TIME!!! C’MON THE ARGIES, A STRIKE ON I-RAN!! @CIA
germany/netherlands ain’t winning no world cup in south america…so save unnuh breath…
I am Ghanaian. I am Ghanaian. I am Ghanaian.
GOAL! Has someone accounted for the Obeah Man?? http://t.co/1WxgwV622Q
GOAL! Has someone accounted for the Obeah Man?? pic.twitter.com/1WxgwV622Q
Oh my God, this is happening. Come on you Black Stars!
Black Stars broke my heart in 2010, not going to celebrate until the end. *watching with one eye*
You have nowhere to hurry, Ghana.
where is ogun in particular today? where is ogun?
C’mon Global South!!! you can do it! #GhanavsGermany
There are no atheists in the 85th minute.
It is immense that #GHA believes that they can and actually do go toe to toe with Europe’s deadliest team
What a thoroughly entertaining game.
This German niggas bleeding ALL over the field. Soccer so violent. #WorldCup2014
Great fight Ghana a so we do it! #AfricanStandUp
Can we play extra time on this one? A perfect half of football and fantastic entertainment from both sides.
these commentators “Germany did not bring their A game”. enough!
OK Ghana I was just kidding. I love you. But I can’t promise about Samuel Kuffour. Not when he says “pahnahty”.
GER vs. GHA was pretty much an episode of Game of Thrones. Valar Morghulis.
One of the best games of #WorldCup2014 so far on the longest day of the yr. Great display esp by #Ghana.
Watched Ger vs Gha in a bar in Fort Greene. Jokes for days. “That was an awesome head kick.”
My mum just saw her tenant that is owing her money on super sport in Brazil
It’s funny (completely unfunny) how much space Hajrovic is getting on the right flank. Acres. He could start a farm out there.
If you get an email from a Nigerian friend claiming he’s lost all his cash in Rio, don’t delete it as spam. It might just be true
#NIG clearly looking for a specific target area in #BIH defence. http://t.co/ko5SVGGY78
#NIG clearly looking for a specific target area in #BIH defence. pic.twitter.com/ko5SVGGY78
So, so harsh for Bosnia
Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike fires in a shot on goal during the match between #NGR and #BIH. - AP #glnrWorldCup http://t.co/m87zaTnAzv
Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike fires in a shot on goal during the match between #NGR and #BIH. – AP #glnrWorldCup pic.twitter.com/m87zaTnAzv
Yow Nigeria nuh concede no goals yet!!!
Naija! Naija! Naija! Naija! Naija!
Wake up call. It will not be strange if Goodluck Jonathan wins in a free and fair election 2015. Twitter is not = Nigeria.

Tivoli Girls take aim at Soldiers


The Gleaner, Las May, June 15

While Jamaicans along with the rest of the world take in the World Cup, the media here have been poking fun at recent events such as the state of emergency and the routing of criminals from their innercity citadels. The Las May cartoon above is priceless i think, in this regard.

Crime has indeed plummeted with hardly any murders taking place although a major art heist was reported a couple of days ago when thieves raided the studio shared by artists George Rodney and Lois Lake-Sherwood making off with artworks and antiques.

Meanwhile back in Tivoli Gardens where the female population is getting antsy because of the sudden disappearance of their menfolk, go-getting women are hitting on JDF soldiers according to a story in The Star today which announced that “A shortage of men in west Kingston is said to have caused female residents to be fighting for the affection of soldiers who are now posted in the community.”

A resident opined:

“Bway, to some extent yu can’t even wrong dem because a pure woman deh a west Kingston now, most a di man dem run weh and dem probably naw come back, suh di woman dem affi fight fi wah dem want.”

You can read all about it here.