“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”: Brazil Mock Rivals’ FIFA World Cup Upset Against Saudi Arabia

“Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”: Brazil Mock Rivals’ FIFA World Cup Upset Against Saudi Arabia


Few experiences can compare to watching the World Cup in Brazil: borderline-obsessed football obsession; An explosion of pride around the national team. and schadenfreude when rival Argentina loses. The latter was on full display on Tuesday when Argentina, neighbors the Brazilians love to hate, opened their highly anticipated campaign in Qatar with a 2-1 loss to 51st-ranked Saudi Arabia in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. The result was met with jubilation in Brazil, whose beloved “Seleção” lost the 2021 Copa America final at home to their continental rivals.

“Argentina” soon became the top trending topic on Twitter in Brazil – largely driven by derision from fans who openly profess their second favorite World Cup joy and watch Lionel Messi and team lose.

One wag tweeted, “There are three things that bring happiness to a Brazilian.”

“1. Barbecue 2. Holidays 3. Crying Argentina.”

Another tweeted a picture of himself smiling happily in a yellow and green Brazil jersey, writing: “Don’t cry for me Argentina.”

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Some Brazilians recreated the Argentine flag with a yellow “sobbing” emoji replacing the sun in the center.

Others were inspired to devise new definitions of “Schadenfreude”, a German word often translated as pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune. “Does Schadenfreude mean ‘Argentina gone bad’ in German?” Wrote a social media wit.

Another episode of derision employed the Brazilians’ own lingo – the word “zebra”, meaning troubling.

“A ‘zebra’ at the World Cup is great, but a ‘zebra’ with Argentina is incredibly great,” said one tweet.

“Argentina lose their invincibility to a ‘zebra’ in their World Cup opener. If that’s not a great morning for any Brazilian football fan, I don’t know what is!” Said another.

But others in Brazil – arguably the only country more often cited as tournament favorites than Argentina – were all too aware that what happens happens.

“Let’s calm down. Brazil will play tomorrow, and they are the favourites!” said one, as Neymar and the squad prepare to make their debut against Serbia on Thursday.

Then, the Brazilians had the indescribable memory of their much earlier humiliation: a 7-1 loss to Germany at home to the five-time champions in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. “Argentina’s loss may have been a big ‘zebra’, but unfortunately for us, it’s better not to even remember our biggest shame, right?” Tweeted one.

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