Diego Maradona revelled in Brazil's humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany, transforming a popular song often sung by Argentinian supporters to coincide with the downfall of their bitter rivals.
Maradona, who provided analysis for Venezuelan television throughout the match, altered the words to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" as noted by ESPN:
The song [...] usually begins Brasil, decime que se siente [Brazil, tell me how it feels], but Maradona changed this to Brasil, decime que se siete, with 'siete' being Spanish for seven. The same pun on the scoreline was also used by Argentine paper Ole in its report on the game.
The Argentinian legend, who famously thrust his nation to victory in the 1986 World Cup, managed to provide some legitimate analysis alongside his jovial jig. Maradona revealed he hadn't liked Brazil "at any moment in the tournament," but admitted he "did not think Germany would be so convincing," per ESPN's report.
He continued by discussing the failure of Brazil's players and tactics. The 53-year-old indicated Luiz Felipe Scolari's team had "no midfield," adding "Dante and David Luiz never worked together." Perhaps most insultingly to the Samba Boys' rich history of fast-paced passing football, Maradona said "they just hit long balls" without Neymar in the team.
As far as losses on home soil go, Brazil are unlikely to suffer such humiliation again. There's no doubt the host nation played poorly for the majority of their route to the semi-final, but they managed to secure victories through moments going in their favour. Fred's dive to win a penalty against Croatia and Mauricio Pinilla's last-gasp smashing of the bar for Chile in the round of 16 immediately come to mind.
That said, the nature of the loss is unfathomable. Germany controlled the game with short, sharp passes and bursting runs from deep, a tactic designed to capitalise on Scolari's gung-ho defence.
Marcelo, Luiz and Maicon were barely in shot for the goals and could often be seen in the opposition's area when attacks broke down. Irresponsibility led to a capitulation that, throughout the tournament, had threatened to rear its head.
Maradona's comments perhaps highlight the Argentina-Brazil rivalry that still threatens to clash at the ongoing tournament. Should the Albiceleste suffer defeat against Louis van Gaal's Netherlands side on Wednesday, the Brazilian players will have an opportunity to make Maradona sorry for his mockery.
A sharp-eared Maradona may have heard the host nation's support take the first jab during Brazil's loss anyway, as noted by Fernando Duarte of The Guardian and ESPN:
Maradona will be hoping his song doesn't backfire against the Dutch. Argentina, like Brazil, have failed to hit top gear for the majority of the tournament. Lionel Messi continues to inspire—scoring four goals and providing one assist in five matches—but he needs more from his teammates if a South American side are going to triumph on their continent once more.
Interestingly, Maradona was quoted as saying Messi "will end up being blamed for a catastrophe" if the side fail to "wake up," as reported by John Cross and Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror. He clearly understands his countrymen have their hands full with the Dutch, but as Germany's hammering of Brazil showed, anything can happen.
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