Brazil met Germany in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals on home soil with confident spirits that they would defeat Germany to move onto the finals. The match that followed has been called one of the most extraordinary defeats in world cup history. Germany ended up crushing Brazil by 7-1.
This Saturday, Brazil seeks a chance for redemption during the Olympic gold medal match when they take on Germany. It just so happens that these two teams will play at the Maracanã Stadium where Brazil would have played in the World Cup championship if they had not suffered their humiliating defeat in the semi-finals.
Brazil's chances for redemption look promising, especially after Brazil dominated Honduras in the semi-finals with a 6-0 win. The Olympics can't quite compare to the World Cup for soccer fans, but a win over Germany would definitely help give Brazil back some of its pride. A victory in the gold medal match would be a historic moment for not just Brazilian soccer fans, but for Brazil itself.
None of the men that played during the World Cup semi-finals will be playing in the Olympic gold medal match since it is predominantly a U-23 tournament. Neymar missed the semi-finals due to a back injury that occurred during the World Cup quarter-finals. Neymar, arguably one of the best soccer players in the world, also seeks to regain some pride after his own country booed him during an earlier match in the Olympics.
All eyes will be on Brazil this Saturday. A win is more than just a gold medal for Brazil, it also provides hope during a time of poverty, crime, protests, violence, and weakened spirits.
Kickoff time is Saturday at 4:30 pm EDT. Cancel all your plans, this is the match that we have all been waiting for!