Neymar Interrupts Coach’s Press Conference to Give Him a Hug Following Loss to Holland (Video)
It’s been an odd month for Brazil’s soccer presence. For one thing, they managed to host a World Cup, that, although mired in controversy and protest, seemed to go off fairly smoothly. And after being the odds on favorite, they were absolutely smoked by Germany in the semifinals, and then unceremoniously lost 3-0 to Holland in the 3rd place game on Saturday.
As a result, many fans and press in Brazil are calling for the head of team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, but following Saturday’s loss a national icon hobbled his way to the stage to give his coach a show of support with a heartwarming hug.
Here’s the video, which may remind us all about a forgotten facet of sportsmanship:
In case you couldn’t tell, that national icon providing the hug was Neymar, who, despite having essentially broken his back, was able to make his way up for the gesture.
While I don’t know enough about the politics and mechanics of Brazilian national soccer to say that it will save Scolari’s job, I bet it made him feel a bit better. It also won’t do anything to quell the world’s love affair with Neymar, who became one of the most popular young faces of the tournament and managed to convert people all over the globe into fans of his over the past 30 days or so.