“What I love about opening sentences is the complete lack of rules, how each writer gets to decide how best to guide a reader into their narrative. A writer, after all, is the instructor for the experience of their own work, and the opening sentence––after the book design, title, and epigraph––is among the reader’s first impressions. Opening sentences are not to be written lightly.”—Jonathan Russell Clark on “The Art of the Opening Sentence.”
No one should concede goals in football. No one should throw a match for any reason. What the Brazilian team should have done like, ages ago, was choose the best players in terms of international experience, skills, and their capability to wok as a cohesive team. This ageist thing they have going is obviously not working for them. Aside from Neymar (who let’s admit, not as impressive as James Rodriguez this year), no young Brazilian player stepped up for the team.
When you look at the German team, you have veterans playing in every game. You can see how much they respect Klose. But you also see them giving the newbies the opportunity to learn. They have excellent teamwork to go with their brilliant individual skills. I always said Germany has the best team overall because of how cohesive they are and how unselfish they play. They’re flawed, but one’s imperfection is fixed by another.
Even the Spanish team, god bless them, never depended on just one person to win them the game. They ended up being eliminated early, but that I blame del Bosque for and is a different conversation entirely.
[eta: Any reference to age is actually more meant about experience and not actual biological age. Brazil is notorious at passing by players with more experience like Kaka, Robinho and Pato to let younger and less experienced ones on the team because they think younger = fresh blood, faster legs, better skills, etc.]
For you to say that Germany should have let Brazil score a few goals or they should have stopped scoring after a certain amount and just kept possession to let the home team keep their dignity, y’all are as lost as the team you were rooting for.
It would have been so disrespectful and an insult not just to the Brazilian team but to sports in general to let “Brazil lose with dignity”. Competitive sports does not work that way. You play the game as hard as you can, you play it to win, even if the odds are against you. I am and still is a lifelong Seleção fan, but I don’t see Germany being assholes about winning. I saw them playing their hardest. I saw them after the match ended going to the Brazilian players first and comforting them instead of celebrating. I saw them playing football as how it should have been played. I’m sorry Brazil lost - and upset that they did in such a devastating way, but Germany deserved that win for all the right reasons.