They may head into the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the first- and second-ranked teams in world football, but the last time Germany met Brazil they thrashed them 7-1 on the way to lifting the trophy in 2014. Now, as part of a charitable gesture, one of the goals has been sent to the German Football Museum in Dortmund.
Between them, Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira poured in five goals without interruption inside the opening half-hour of the semi-final in Belo Horizonte four years ago, and it is this goal-frame – including the net – which has made its way to Dortmund.
“Unfortunately we can’t change history,” Brazilian national Ludmila Ximenes, manager of Mineirao institutional relations, was quoted as saying by Marca. “But in relation to the game, we’ve found a way to benefit people from all over the country with resources collected in Germany that will be directed 100 percent to social projects in Brazil.”
The net is to be divided into 8,150 sections which will be sent to those who donate the symbolic amount of 71 euros to the cause. The Brazilian body hope to raise 500,000 euros for the project and are already a fifth of the way there.
The other goal – into which Andre Schürrle completed Germany’s scoring with a brace – has been on display at the Brazilian Football Museum in Belo Horizonte.
Germany and Brazil could meet in the final in Russia should results go according to FIFA world ranking, though a last 16 meeting would transpire should one win their group with other qualifying as a runner up.