World Cup Semifinal Preview: Brazil vs Germany Giants MeetPublished July 8, 2014 by Amir G
Giants collide as Brazil and Germany meet for a thrilling semi-final World Cup fight tonight (9pm UK time).
In a match-up that could easily be a World Cup final, Brazil and Germany meet today at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte for an epic semi-final fight (9pm UK time).
Germany's Bad Knockout Spell
The last time these two teams met in a World Cup was the 2002 final, a match that ended 2-0 in favor of the Brazilians who lifted their fifth World Cup under the guidance of current coach Felipe Scolari. Much has changed since, but one thing remained with Germany – the team made it to the deciding levels where they were knocked out time and time again.
They lost the 2006 World Cup semi-final to Italy, went on to lose the Euro 2008 final to Spain, then losing again to the Spaniards on the World Cup 2010 semis and another semi lost to the Italians on Euro 2012. This, along with the fact that they have not realized their potential game-wise in this World Cup so far, makes many fans pessimistic as to their chances tonight.
Brazil's star Neymar broke his vertebra after being kneed in the back by Colombia's Juan Camilo Zuniga in the quarter-final, rendering the 22-year old forward unable to play football anytime soon. Brazil has been practically mourning Neymar's injury and they had a good reason to do so: The Brazilian forward was in most games a one man show for the Selecao, responsible for some 23% of situations which led to goals scored by Brazil.
While a team doesn't stand on only one player, it's hard to argue that Brazil wasn't relying almost solely on Neymar. The Brazilians will also miss suspended captain Thiago Silva. Yet, if they muster the strength they can pass Germany tonight. Whatever happens, the world is sure to enjoy this "final before the final".