Brazil FA chief boots Cafu out of dressing room after loss to Germany
JUL 09, 2014 3:47p ET
Cafu, who scored five goals in 142 appearances with the Brazilian national team, visited the Selecao and tried to comfort the team after the devastating loss to Germany but was asked to leave by Brazil's Football Association (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin.
"President Marin said he didn't want any strangers in the dressing room," Cafu told ESPN. "I told him I'm no stranger. I was only there to embrace the boys, to give them some comfort. I didn't want to talk about anything else. I was only there because the boys needed support, that's why I came to the dressing room."
Cafu added: "I was surprised that I was practically expelled from the dressing room. Humbly, I left the changing room. I endured a similar thing back in 1998 and I know what a World Cup defeat feels like. I knew the boys needed some attention and needed to be comforted at that moment. I wasn't there for self promotion, I don't need this kind of thing. I went to give a hug to Felipao and [Carlos Alberto] Parreira."
Dreams of a sixth championship shattered in the first half hour of the game when Germany was already leading by a numbing 5-0. Many fans in the Belo Horizonte stadium left by halftime when it became clear Brazil was being routed at home. Some tore up their tickets and gave the thumbs down to TV cameras.
In Sao Paulo, where thousands gathered to watch the match in the neighborhood of Vila Madalena, a man clung to a street pole and cried loudly, as another fan nearby banged his head against a bar table.
"It was a tragedy. Sad, very sad, the greatest defeat in all the history of the Brazilian national team," wrote Tostao, one of Brazil's forwards on its 1970 World Cup championship team and now a sports columnist for the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper.
Most heartbreaking for many Brazilians was suffering the country's worst Cup defeat in its own backyard, as it hosted the tournament for the first time in 64 years.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.