Dante threatened to 'hit' Muller after too many 7-1 jokes

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Brazil's 7-1 mauling at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final was a farcical 90 minutes for a proud football nation on the biggest stage of all - and the wounds have not healed yet.

Because Brazilian international Dante has revealed that one too many jokes from Thomas Muller during Bayern Munich training in the weeks after the tournament almost resulted in fisticuffs.

Poor Dante, it's easy to feel sorry for him. The centre-back was filling in for Thiago Silva during the semi-final match, and was in the eye of the storm as his country suffered the most embarrassing defeat in their history. And on home soil too.

And to make matter worse, he plays his club football with a decent portion of the Germany international team. That must have been an awkward first preseason training session.

To be fair to him, it sounds like Dante took it all rather well at first. But then Muller, cheeky Thomas Muller, pushed him a little bit too far.

Speaking to Brazilian TV channel Globesporte, Dante said: "The Germans joked about it, especially just after the game, up to moment when I said it was the time to stop.

"The 7-1 was something more serious than people realised. We can joke about anything, but not about this. Not all the Germans were like this but Thomas is the big joker.

"I said to him: 'If you don't stop, I'm going to hit you in every training session.'

"This doesn't make me laugh and when someone doesn't laugh, it means they are annoyed."

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The Bayern Munich defender, 31, was part of the Brazil starting lineup that was completely overrun in one of the most one-sided World Cup matches of all-time.

Muller opened the scoring for the eventual champions, who defeated Argentina in the final later that July.

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