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Football: Germany receive hero's welcome from Brazilians near base

Published on Jul 9, 2014 1:48 PM
German soccer fans celebrate after watching a broadcast of the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, on July 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SANTA CRUZ CABRALIA, Brazil (REUTERS) - Brazilians in a north-eastern town near Germany's training base adopted an "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to Tuesday's World Cup semi-final defeat by throwing their support behind the side that had thrashed them 7-1 just hours earlier.

Several hundred Brazilians waited for hours in the pouring rain to cheer the Germany players as they disembarked their team bus shortly after midnight and boarded a ferry for the crossing to their quarters in Santo Andre.

Many in the crowd chanted "Alemann, Alemann, Alemann" (Germany, Germany, Germany) amid raucous celebrations as fireworks lit up the night sky and revellers ignored the showers that threatened to dampen the party atmosphere.

"We just like the way Germany play - all the creative goals and all the great passing they do," said Breno Antunes, one of the scores of police officers keeping watch over the bus and players on the short journey to the ferry.

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