Who said what about Germany

Germany celebrate their thrashing over Brazil (AFP)
Germany celebrate their thrashing over Brazil (AFP)

Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Social media goes mad as people from around the world react to Germany's record-breaking 7-1 mauling of Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday. Here's a look at what some of our more recognised football icons had to say...

"It will be difficult to recover. Some players I don't think will be back to wear the Brazilian shirt. It is wrong now to criticise the players. On the field, Germany taught us how to play football. We have to learn from that." - Former Brazil midfielder Juninho Paulista.

"What was that? Hard to believe." - Former West Germany captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer.

Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted this message:
"Seven-one is not a normal result between two world footballing powers. But football can be like that. Sometimes things happen that you don't expect, and that is why it is beautiful." - Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella.

"It's a humiliating, terrible defeat. I'm holding back because we're suffering with them. Their World Cup is spoilt." - Former France left-back Bixente Lizarazu (Twitter)

Former Germany midfielder Did Hamann had this to say:

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand said, "I would worry that the Brazilian players might never recover from this. Some might not be able to come back from this."

"A result that leaves us all surprised. Difficult, this moment, for the players and the people of Brazil. The important thing now (is) that peace reigns." - Colombia and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao (Twitter)

Former United States goalkeeper Brad Friedel also had his say via Twitter:
Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott admitted he was "Speechless!!!!", while FIFA president Sepp Blatter posted this on Twitter:

Congratulations to Germany on qualifying for a record eighth @FIFAWorldCup Final. http://t.co/2JiEWBzFuS
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
After the opening weekend of URC action, what did you make of the South African struggles?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
It exposed the quality of South African rugby...
38% - 2065 votes
There were positives to take
7% - 362 votes
We shouldn't read too much into one weekend
17% - 900 votes
It will take the SA sides time to adjust to the new competition
39% - 2083 votes