The Brazil World Cup already was absurdly wasteful.
After 7-1, though, it will feel like it was for nothing in Brazil.
In so many ways, Brazil’s national team was caught in the middle. The preparation for the tournament itself was rife with corruption.
The costs soared for any nation, let alone one with as many infrastructural problems as Brazil, and the financial commitment to a game was criticized at home and abroad, and for good reason.
Police in Brazil have cracked down on favelas for months now, and there is legitimate concern over both the ethics and the viability of playing host to the World Cup this year and the Olympics in 2016.
Yet, Brazil is a country that deeply loves soccer, and much of the concern – unfairly – was forgotten about once the games began.
But after 7-1 – now what? There was a sense that the blow would have been softened had Brazil actually won the World Cup, but what to make of the tournament now that Brazil suffered the worst loss in the history of the knockout rounds?
One has to worry about the potential fallout for the entire country.
There is such thing as a beautiful loss in the World Cup, but Tuesday certainly wasn’t it.
The players knew about the tournament’s contentious nature at home, and it’s the reason David Luiz offered a tearful apology to the fans after the game.
What happened on the field against Germany – a truly worst-case scenario – makes all of it feel invalidated. Brazil melted against another world power, at home and in front of its fans. It was a horror show.
Frankly, no team in the top 100 should lose to anybody, 7-1.
Worst yet, perhaps the true gut punch is yet to come for Brazil.
Argentina is two games away from being world champions.