I have lost count of the amount of people say that they loved every minute of Germany’s 7-1 dismantling of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final.
Whether it was via Facebook, Twitter or radio phone-ins, people seemed to be revelling in the fact that Brazil had been humiliated.
Most, it seemed, were overjoyed at the fact that Brazil had finally been shown up after years of people saying how wonderful they are and how they are everybody’s second team at every World Cup.
England are much worse
I have genuinely never known people to enjoy the suffering and misery of others as much as the English do, and I find it quite bizarre. Let’s not forget here that England went out in the first round. Bottom of their group and without a win to their name.
I very much doubt that Brazilians were tweeting about how funny that was. In fact, I don’t think there was much derision aimed at the England team at all.
So why do the English seem to enjoy it so much when others fail? It is a strange phenomenon wherein a group of fans whose team are utterly dreadful, feel that they can poke fun and mock teams that have gone further than them based on one result, rather than focus on the shortcomings of their own side.
Who are England fans to make fun of anybody? England are not a big player on the international football stage. They have been in one major Final. That’s the same number as Greece , and less than the Czechs.
In fact, if you take away the success of 1966, England’s record at major tournaments is pretty average. Despite this, many England fans still have a superiority complex when it comes to football, and are always incredibly quick to mock others when things go awry.
Humility goes a long way
I can only assume that this complex comes from having a hugely popular, entertaining and lucrative domestic league, because it can’t possibly be down to the strength of the national side.
A little humility goes a long way. Fair enough, Brazil were completely and utterly destroyed by the Germans on Tuesday night, and it’ll be a game and result that will never be forgotten. However, I believe that some perspective is required right about now.
It was a World Cup semi-final. So you can say what you like about the Brazil side, and many England fans have been doing plenty of talking the last day or two on that matter, but I can assure you that England fans can only dream of semi-final matches right now.
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