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21 Ways The Internet Screamed At Brazil’s World Cup Loss

Brazil knocked Mexico out of the round of 16 in FIFA’s World Cup, securing their spot in the quarterfinals. Latinos around the world grieved the loss of their respective countries and then shifted allegiances to either Brazil.

All in one day, all was lost, but Brazil gave the best game in World Cup history, and the Internet was screaming.

1. Immediately, the Belgian snobbery started taking over the interwebz.

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Who knew soccer aficionados were so into “Pretty Little Liars”? Literally every win has churned out this meme.

2. Nobody was allowed to speak of anything else.

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“I’m sorry, what? You’re talking about your education? THERE ARE BIGGER ISSUES HERE, TONTA.”

It was an emotional day.

3. Latin tears contributed to rising sea levels this day July 6, 2018.

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When Miami goes under, we’ll blame the Belgians. Screw their chocolate.

We lost a whole city today.

4. Generations of families came together to weep.

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It is visceral, this pain. Brazil was killing it the first 20 minutes of the game. The emotional rollercoaster began when Belgium scored.

5. But we’re still ride or die, Brazil. ????????

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Well, I mean, most of us…

6. Germany, Argentina, Portugal and Mexico have no f*cks to give.

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I mean, that’s all we’re saying. Que te cagas, Brazil.

7. It seems that these colors are debilitating to the Brazil team.

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Like, achilles heel, terrible. Like Fabuloso on a Saturday morning. You can’t escape the defeat.

8. Pray that Uganda never plays Brazil. ????????

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There are two layers of black, red and yellow, you guys. Plus a rooster? It’ll be a savage loss.

9. The mocking of Brazil was tenfold on Twitter.

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FYI: That is Belgium’s flag, and during the last World Cup, Brazil was booted by Germany in the quarterfinals. This year, however, they didn’t just accept the loss in the second half. They f*cking played like champions.

10. Especially of Neymar. He is the meme King.

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The Internet is making el pobrecito eat all his words. The superstitious in me blames Neymar for being too cocky and dramatic af.

11. Although, some think Neymar brought all the entertainment to the game.

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If you create a meme about Neymar, and Neymar doesn’t see it, is it even a meme?

Someone please make sure he sees all of these.

12. The world has mad jokes for Neymar.

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I mean, we hope to see Neymar at this year’s Oscars ceremonies. What’s that shirt say? King of Fútbol or King of Drama?

13. Maybe he’ll win a Grammy, too.

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LMFAO, they see me rollin’. Get it? During his game with Mexico, he brought the drama, that’s all.

14. True fans are upset over Brazil’s new drama reputation.

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I mean, mostly, it’s that Brazil used to win, and now they lose. Sad.

15. En realidad, Neymar and Coutinho pulled more than their fair share on the team.

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The team honestly could have won if the ref just blew an extra whistle or two, or had an ounce of luck on their side. The played hard.

16. OK, but more importantly, did anyone notice Neymar’s hair cuts?

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Truth, I think he actually just had one haircut, but the internet can’t appreciate varied styling, so calláte about it already.

17. Brazil pride will live on for many more World Cup tournaments.

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Look at these animals hold it down with their viejo. Que cute.

18. And whatever Belgium has to say, Brazil has all the comebacks:

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Preach. I don’t even know who to root for in the semifinals. Just not Belgium.

19. Brazil went into the second half at 2-0, and kept fighting.

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And for that, we have all the inspo and fuerte we need to wait for 2022’s victory.

20. Brazil’s performance will be missed in the next few weeks.

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In the meantime, Neymar can fully heal his delicate ankle and return to glory, please.

21. The biggest question of all, though:

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I have so much side eye right now and I don’t know who to be mad at, but I’m going with the Brazil-Belgium refs.

Attorney Argues That Soccer Player Ronaldinho Is ‘Stupid’ And Didn’t Know His Immigration Papers Were Fake

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Attorney Argues That Soccer Player Ronaldinho Is ‘Stupid’ And Didn’t Know His Immigration Papers Were Fake

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Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is accused of breaking immigration laws in Paraguay. The 2002 World Cup player was detained by authorities with his brother in Paraguay after they were found to be traveling with fake travel documents. However, authorities claim there is more to the story.

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho is being accused of entering Paraguay with false travel documents.

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According to reports, Ronaldinho was arrested when he entered Paraguay with his brother. Ronaldinho and his brother are both accused of entering Paraguay with forged passports breaking Paraguayan law. The two Brazilians spent time in a maximum-security prison because of their non-compliance with Paraguay’s immigration laws.

One of Ronaldinho’s attorneys is trying to explain away the crime by claiming the soccer player was just “stupid.”

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Paraguayan judge Clara Ruiz ordered that the brother be put taken into custody because there was evidence that other crimes occurred separately from the fake passports. According to Daily Mail, the judge ordered for the brothers to remain in custody because of their crimes against Paraguay.

“There is a flight risk and there is a danger of obstruction. We are dealing with a foreigner who entered the country illegally and who remained in the country illegally,” judge Ruiz said, according to Daily Mail. “The prosecution considered he meets all the requirements. He will remain in preventative prison in the Specialised Unit.’

Ronaldinho’s attorneys insist that the brothers just don’t know what a real passport looks like.

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Another attorney for the brothers claimed the arrests are arbitrary, illegal, and abusive. The attorney even went a step further saying that the investigation into the crime, which could take six months, be dropped.

“They confessed that they used these false passports,” Sergio Queiroz, one of the attorneys representing the brothers told the press. “But there was no harm done to the Paraguayan state. Roberto and Ronaldinho did not know that the passports were irregular. And they cooperated fully with authorities.”

Ronaldinho, who hasn’t said much about his arrest, did tell his attorneys that the passports were given to him.

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According to Ronaldinho, the passports were given to him by someone asking them to travel to Paraguay for charity work. He was allegedly told that he was being asked to come to Paraguay to attend a conference organized by charities that work with disadvantaged children.

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A New Study Shows That Diehard Soccer Fans Are Putting Themselves At A Risk Of A Heart Attacks From Stress

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A New Study Shows That Diehard Soccer Fans Are Putting Themselves At A Risk Of A Heart Attacks From Stress

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That fútbol stress is real you guys, like, physically real. A study revealed that soccer fans experience such intense levels of physical stress while they watch their team, they could be putting themselves at risk of a heart attack. You read that right. Fútbol fans get so invested in their team’s games that they are putting themselves at physical risk.

They don’t call it ‘la pasión’ for nothing. 

Growing up Latino, you definitely jumped when your dad and tíos got over-excited screaming “GOL” during fútbol matches.  Eventually, we joined in. Now, it turns out that the stress and the nerve-wracking anticipation of what’ll happen next are actually damaging. Like, for real.  A study by the University of Oxford suggested that fans of soccer are putting themselves under some serious stress when they watch their team.

The Oxford study tested saliva from Brazilian fans during their historic loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

The study found levels of the hormone cortisol rocketed during the 7-1 home defeat in the semi-final.

Particularly devoted fans are more at risk of experiencing dangerous levels of the ‘fight or flight’ hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is a hormone commonly associated with stress. ‘Fans who are strongly fused with their team – that is, have a strong sense of being ‘one’ with their team – experience the greatest physiological stress response when watching a match,’ Dr. Martha Newson, a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, University of Oxford, told BBC. ‘Fans who are more casual supporters also experience stress, but not so extremely.’ This study was published in the journal Stress and Health.

This increase in blood pressure and strain on the heart can be very dangerous.

The researchers found no difference in stress levels between men and women during the game, despite preconceptions men are more “bonded to their football teams”.

Raised cortisol can also give people a feeling of impending doom.

This feeling of doom can be defined as a sense that their life is in danger or they are under attack. Previous research has shown an increase in heart attacks among fans on important match days, whether supporting club or country. Prolonged high levels of cortisol can: constrict blood vessels, raise blood pressure and damage an already weakened heart.

There are many health conditions tied to extreme stress that hardcore football fans should be aware of. 

While cortisol is essential to responding to life’s daily stresses, too much cortisol over time can result in a suppressed immune system (more coughs and colds and even allergies), weight gain, and heightened blood pressure with a significant risk of heart disease. Bottom line, all this soccer-induced stress can be pretty dangerous.

In their study, the University of Oxford researchers tracked cortisol levels in 40 fans’ saliva before, during and after three World Cup matches

The most stressful by far was the semi-final. “It was a harrowing match – so many people stormed out sobbing,” Dr Newson told BBC. But the fans had used coping strategies such as humor and hugging to reduce their stress, bringing it down to pre-match levels by the final whistle.

It’s not all bad news though, experts suggest that these findings might be helpful in identifying fans who are at risk. 

From our research, we may be better equipped to identify which fans are most at risk of heart attacks,’ says Newson. ‘Clubs may be able to offer heart screenings or other health measures to highly committed fans who are at the greatest risk of experiencing increased stress during the game.’

The findings could also be relevant to improving crowd management strategies. 

Passionate soccer fans around the world have been known to engage in violent behaviors, such as hooliganism and other aggressive clashes. The findings could also be relevant to improving crowd management strategies.

The study ‘Devoted fans release more cortisol when watching live soccer matches’ can be read in the journal Stress and Health.

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