Brazil were not at their best throughout the 2014 World Cup tournament. And when they suffered the loss of talismanic  forward, Neymar, to injury, they looked ordinary.

The subsequent defeat to Germany in the semi-final was Brazil's heaviest in World Cup history.

Here are more facts about Brazil's participation at the World Cup:


WC FACT:            Brazil committed 31 fouls in their quarter-final win over Colombia; the most fouls that they had made in a single World Cup game since records began in 1966.

Many people suspected that the samba was long gone for Brazil. This match confirmed our fears.

WC FACT:            There were only three direct free-kicks scored at these finals, the fewest since 1986. In 2010 there were five scored, while in 2006 and 2002, nine were scored.

Little doubt that David Luiz’s belter against Colombia, the peak of the lot.

WC FACT:            There were five own goals scored in Brazil.  The only World Cup to see more own goals than this tournament was the 1998 finals when six was recorded.

Brazil’s full-back, Marcello opened the floodgate against Croatia.

WC FACT:            Brazil have topped every group they have played in at a World Cup from 1982 onwards.

This time again, they emerged winners of the group that also contained Cameroon, Mexico and Croatia.

WC FACT:            Neymar scored the 100th goal of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil’s 100th game in World Cup finals history.

Neymar is destined to be great. He was the singular shiny star for Brazil as they endured a rather disappointing tournament.

WC FACT:            Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to Germany was the biggest losing margin by a host nation at a World Cup.

It may have been an embarrassing game for Brazil on the night, but it was really enjoyable for the neutrals.

WC FACT:            The 7-1 defeat to Germany equalled Brazil’s all-time biggest margin of defeat (lost 6-0 to Uruguay in 1920).

They can be Brazil most of the time but certainly not ALL of the time.

WC FACT:            Against Brazil in the semi-final, Germany were 5-0 up in the first 29 minutes, faster than any other team in World Cup history.

Brazil’s defence apparently took an early nap and PSG’s £50 million man, David Luiz, justifiably took the rap.

WC FACT:            Germany scored two more goals against Brazil than England have in their past two World Cup campaigns combined.

England can score loads of goals. They just don’t want to give fans back home heart attack.

WC FACT:            Nine of the 14 goals Brazil conceded in this World Cup came in the first 30 minutes of their games.

Brazil knew they can outscore any team, so they just allow the poor fellas to score first.

WC FACT:            Brazil conceded 10 goals from 14 shots on target conceded in the semi-final and third place play-off game combined.

FIFA should not have allowed bullet shots towards the final stages of the World Cup. Julio Cesar in goal for Brazil certainly didn’t know how to save those.

WC FACT:            There were a full 4396 days between Miroslav Klose's two World Cup final appearances, 21 days longer than Brazil’s Pele between 1958 & 1970.

If you ever have to defineLongevity’ and you are lost for words, simply remember this German name: Miroslav Klose.


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