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Dani Alves fumes at 'a**holes' mocking Brazil
Dani Alves has launched a furious attack on the "a**holes" and "losers" who have mocked Brazil following their humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final mauling at the hands of Germany.
The right-back, who had been sidelined by an injury earlier in the tournament, watched from the bench as Germany shattered the hosts' World Cup dream in brutal fashion on Tuesday, racking up a number of records in the process.
Scolari refuses to resign
- Luiz Felipe Scolari has refused to resign as Brazil manager and will hold talks over his post following Saturday's third-place play-off against the Netherlands.
- At a press conference on Wednesday, a defiant Scolari pointed to his record since taking over at the end of 2012, holding up a sheet of paper detailing the 19 wins, six draws and three defeats he has overseen in 28 matches. The 7-1 thrashing by Germany has been his only competitive defeat in 11 fixtures.
- "We have a deal with the CBF [Brazilian Football Confederation] until the game on Saturday and after that, probably, we will have a conversation to sort some things out," he said.
- "The tournament was not all bad. We had a bad defeat. With all the difficulties we reached the semi-finals. We are a hard-working team, we win together and lose together.
- "I cannot explain, I will not justify. An error occurred and this error was fatal. If I could explain what happened in those six minutes, I would answer. But I do not know.
- "We can lose by one or two but we lost in a way that we had never done before in the history of Brazilian football."
Fans have taken to social media in their droves to gleefully mock Brazil while Diego Maradona has also been among the chief tormentors, rubbing salt into the wounds by singing a song used by Argentina supporters to poke fun at their South American neighbours.
"I know a lot of a**holes will make fun. I know a lot of losers in the biggest game in the world, which is the book of life, will rejoice," Alves said in a post on his Instagram account.
"I want to take this hard moment for all of us who chose football as a profession and who were chosen to represent our country in this World Cup.
"I would say that, for me to share with you all this time, was an unmatched pleasure.
"But I would like to say publicly that you are f***ing champions. I am privileged to be part of this group, you are champions, which all these a**holes will never be.
"Today you are not respected here but in the rest of the world I'm sure you are. Bad days like this teach us to appreciate the good days."
While Alves did admit Brazil had "failed" their people, he insisted their careers will go on and won't be marred by the shocking defeat. "It won't be stained by a single match, or by the elimination," he added. "Our fight, and where we reached, nothing can stain this. Football isn't just about one match."
Meanwhile, Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari - who has pleaded for forgiveness following the defeat - has come under fire from injured star Neymar's agent.
Scolari, who delivered Brazil's fifth World Cup in 2002, was labelled "arrogant, repulsive and conceited" by Wagner Ribeiro as he mocked the 65-year-old in a list posted to Twitter of the "six prerequisites to become manager of the Brazilian national team".
The list translates as:
1. Go manage Portugal and not win anything
2. Go to Chelsea and get fired
3. Go manage Uzbekistan
4. Come back to Brazil, take control of a big team, and demote it back to the second division
5. Ask to quit 56 days before the end of the league to escape demotion
6. Be an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited, and ridiculous
Neymar was absent against Germany after suffering a broken vertebra during the quarter-final win over Colombia.