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Where are they now? The Brazil side humiliated by Germany at the 2014 World Cup

Four years on, the scars are yet to heal...

In 2014, Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany on home soil in a World Cup semi-final.

For a football-obsessed nation, the most illustrious and decorated in the game’s history, it was doomsday.

We reckon only two of Brazil’s starting XI that fateful day will feature in Russia this summer — so where are they all?

No Neymar? No Thiago Silva? Big problem…

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No Neymar? No Thiago Silva? Big problem…

Julio Cesar

Conceding seven goals is like a stake in the heart for an international goalkeeper.

Cesar had spent the season leading up to the tournament on loan at Toronto after being denied game time for QPR in the Championship — hardly ideal prep.

If you watch the highlights back, he could have done much better with two of the first three goals.

Now 38-years-old, he’s returned to Flamengo, his first ever club, after suffering a drop in form for Benfica.

Hugging it out

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Hugging it out

Maicon

Once the most fearsome right-back in world football, he was undoubtedly in decline in 2014 having never truly recovered from the roasting Gareth Bale gave him in the Champions League.

Felipe Scolari dropped Dani Alves for the Germany game — a decision that only seems more baffling as time goes on.

Maicon was recently released by Brazilian club Avai and is now a free agent, though we suspect retirement beckons.

Glum

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Glum

David Luiz

Tearful Luiz being consoled by Thiago Silva after the final whistle is one of the most enduring images of the 2014 World Cup.

The Sideshow Bob impressionist had transferred to PSG for £50million at the start of the tournament but after his horror show at the Estadio Mineirao, the Ligue 1 club would have been scrambling around for their receipt.

Luiz rejoined Chelsea in 2016 and excelled as Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system propelled the Blues to the league title.

However, the Brazilian’s form has wavered since then and he’s now the forgotten man of Stamford Bridge with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen establishing themselves as first-team regulars.

What the f**k was Thiago Silva wearing as well?

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What the f**k was Thiago Silva wearing as well?

Dante

The semi-final defeat was particularly painful for Dante as he was a Bayern Munich player at the time.

Charged with the task of deputising for the suspended Thiago Silva, his porous performance allowed several of his club team-mates to run riot.

These days he’s sharing a dressing room with the enigmatic Mario Balotelli as a consistent performer for a much-improved Nice side.

A rock and a soft place

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A rock and a soft place

Marcelo

Arguably the best left-back in the world from 2014 to now, Marcelo has drowned his sorrows with a gluttonous serving of club trophies.

One of very few to have come out the other side of the 7-1 with their reputation still intact.

Despite healthy competition from Alex Sandro and Felipe Luis, Marcelo is expected to start for Brazil in Russia.

A successful understanding with Neymar would make the Samba Boys’ left flank a formidable threat.

Close your eyes and think of Madrid

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Close your eyes and think of Madrid

Luiz Gustavo

Generally discarded by Tite, he’s enjoyed something of a renaissance at Marseille this season having been relatively ineffective for Wolfsburg in his final two Bundesliga seasons.

Completely overwhelmed by Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil in 2014, he was savaged by the Brazilian media in the agonising dissection.

It really was brutal, wasn’t it?

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It really was brutal, wasn’t it?

Fernandinho

Like Marcelo, Fernandinho has found redemption since 2014.

A key cog for Pep Guardiola’s Man City machine, many fans are hoping he replaces Renato Augusto in Tite’s preferred starting XI.

At 33-years-old, his inexhaustible engine still allows him to motor from box to box and his role this season has honed his passing skills.

Soon-to-be a Premier League champion once again, memories of the Germany thrashing have been suitably repressed.

If you spend a significant portion of the game in your own net then you’ve probably had a bit of a shocker

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If you spend a significant portion of the game in your own net then you’ve probably had a bit of a shocker

Hulk

Did you know that in 47 caps, Hulk never scored a goal for Brazil in a competitive fixture?

He may have bullied defences in Portugal, Russia and China, but on the international stage he was ultimately found wanting.

Now in his third season with Shanghai SIPG, you get the feeling he’s content being a big, muscular fish in a small, money-filled pond.

Turns out, you can get on with just fine with him when he’s angry

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Turns out, you can get on with just fine with him when he’s angry

Oscar

Scorer of Brazil’s sad consolation goal against Germany, many would have tipped Oscar to survive the overhaul.

However, after being deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea, he decided to join the aforementioned Hulk for a payday courtesy of Shanghai SIPG.

Still just 26-years-old, he hasn’t played for Brazil since 2015 and will have to watch the 2018 World Cup from the extreme comfort of his sofa.

Admit it, you forgot he existed

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Admit it, you forgot he existed

Bernard

The man who had to fill Neymar’s shoes four years ago.

21-years-old at the time, the Shakhtar Donetsk winger tried his best but was eventually overwhelmed by the occasion and appeared visibly shell-shocked after Germany’s third went in.

He’s still with the Ukranian club and is currently enjoying his best season in terms of goals with ten to his name in all competitions.

Bernard impressed against Man City in the Champions League and while the diminutive winger’s selection would be justifiable, fans will forever associate him with the 7-1 game.

The tears, so many tears

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The tears, so many tears

Fred

Few players copped as much criticism post-2014 World Cup as poor old Fred.

His goal record in Brazil is impressive by any measure but the shadow of the 7-1 loss looms large.

His heatmap of that game would consist of seven kick-offs and that not much more.

After agreeing to the mutual termination of his Atletico Mineiro contract in December, he signed for Cruzeiro, 14 years after he first signed for the club.

Remembered more for his facial hair

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Remembered more for his facial hair

In the build-up to Russia, Brazil and Germany have been positioned as the two favourites by most bookmakers.

A final between the two would be a mouthwatering sequel to one of the most famous games in history.

The face of Brazilian football for a good year and a half

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The face of Brazilian football for a good year and a half

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