Brazilians have not forgotten how the Germans dealt with them during the Brazil 2014 World Cup finals and are praying not to see the Germans again at the Maracana Stadium.
It is recalled that Brazil lost to Germany by a scandalous 7-1 margin in the semi final of Brazil 2014. The Germans went ahead to win the tournament after beating Argentina.
At the on going Rio 2016 Olympics, another Germany, Brazil clash looms should the host gets past Honduras, while Germany beats the Dream Team in today’s two semi final games.
Virtually all the Brazilians here in Sao Paolo are praying for a Nigerian triumph. “Germany go home tomorrow (today)” a cab driver who took this reporter to the Dream Team camp said.
At the hotel in Republica area of Sao Paolo city center, most of the Brazilian fans said they would storm the Arena Corinthian to cheer Nigeria to victory. Sao Paolo is one city where over 5,000 Nigerians reside and just like in the game against Colombia, the Dream Team is sure to enjoy good support.
The coach of Brazil, Rogerio Micale, is however not interested in who wins the Nigeria, Germany semi final clash as he is ready to face any opposition in Maracana should his side survive hard fighting Honduras.
“I do not care if the final will be against Germany or against Nigeria. What I want is to be in the final,” we’re the words of the coach yesterday at a pre match press briefing.