Brazil’s Rousseff doubts protests after cup ‘Nightmare’

July 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil, Brazil News, News
President Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday she doubted that Brazil's humiliating World Cup exit would revive a mass protest that rocked the nation last year.

Former Brazilian soccer player Cafu (L) and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff hold up the World Cup trophy during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia June 2, 2014.
Image by: STRINGER/BRAZIL / REUTERS
Former Brazilian soccer player Cafu (L) and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff hold up the World Cup trophy during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia June 2, 2014. Image by: STRINGER/BRAZIL / REUTERS

But Rousseff, who is seeking re-election in October, told CNN that the nature of the defeat on Tuesday — a 7-1 hammering by Germany — was beyond her worst nightmares.

Nevertheless, the tournament had taken place in peace and with a “great sense of joy,” she told the US broadcaster.

Football, she said, “is made of victories and defeats. That’s part and parcel of the game. And being able to overcome defeat I think is the feature and hallmark of a major national team and of a great country.”

More than one million people flooded the streets of Brazil during last year’s Confederations Cup to protest the record $11 billion spent on the World Cup and demand that money be spent on health, education and public transport instead.

The protests, which descended into clashes, began to wane after the Confederations Cup and attracted few people during the World Cup.

Addressing the biggest defeat in the history of five-time world champions Brazil, Rousseff said she could never have imagined such a beating.

“In all honesty, no, truly never. My nightmares never got so bad, they never went that far,” she said.

“As a supporter of course I am deeply sorry because I share the same sorrow as all supporters,” the leftist leader said.

“But I also know that we are a country that has one very particular feature: we rise to the challenge in the face of adversity, we are able to overcome.”

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