t is one thing to predict victory, another to disparage the host team’s proud heritage of soccer. And so on the eve of the enormous Germany-Brazil semifinal in Belo Horizonte, Joachim Low has become the least loved coach in all the South American country.
Low, the German manager, had the nerve to suggest that Brazil’s football under Luiz Felipe Scolari is no longer the beautiful game it was in the grand old days. Instead, Low suggested, it is downright dirty and needs to be curbed on Tuesday by referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico — the same official who failed to see Luis Suarez take a bite out of an Italian opponent.
And then his team went out and stomped the bullies into the dirt.
Good for them.