Grab a hankie. With just one day left of the World Cup, it’s time for a tearful recap of the greatest tweets from the Brazil finals.
From Luis Suarez having a chew on an opponent’s shoulder to Jonathan Pearce’s bewilderment at goalline technology, the action in South America has resulted in a glorious amount of ill-advised and amusing posts from the social media brigade.
Where better to start our round-up than the less-than-prophetic Piers Morgan who made a string of catastrophic predictions ahead of Brazil’s semi-final with Germany.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 8, 2014
Never write off Brazil in Brazil. They will win... #BRAvGER
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 8, 2014
Sadly for Mr Morgan, David Luiz was Germany’s best player and Fred refused to move from the centre-circle.
Jesus. Fred's heat map from yesterday. Mostly from kicking off after a German goal. pic.twitter.com/Iohe24d1I8
— Librocubicularist (@Tegbe) July 9, 2014
At least David Luiz had the chance to redeem himself with an influential performance in the third place play-off.
Unfortunately, the defender starred for the opposition again as his inexplicable darts forward and woeful decision-making helped the Dutch to a 3-0 win. Cue more Twitter fun.
David Luiz won't rest until every last Brazilian child is crying.
— Oscar Pye-Jeary (@oscarpyejeary) July 12, 2014
We think this brilliant singing mascot should have David Luiz's place in the Brazil team - RT if you agree! pic.twitter.com/gw81p499k1
— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) July 12, 2014
Luis Suarez failed to prove he was a reformed human when he forced his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder – an incident which landed him a four-month ban from all football-related activity.
The go-to place in moments like this is @RAWK_Meltdown, which collates the most 'out there' reactions from Liverpool fan forums. They had a field day.
(FIFA ban Suarez) Uruguay should pull out of the world up in protest.
— RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
(FIFA ban Suarez) Luis has gotten unfair and double standard because he is luis suarez. — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
think we should refuse to allow any player to join a fifa/uefa sanctioned event unless we are covered at their expense for what ever reason — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
(Suarez) LFC transform him in to an award winning player then FIFA punish them! Bonkers. — RAWK Meltdown (@RAWK_Meltdown) June 26, 2014
It’s unlikely the fans care quite as much now, given Liverpool are set to pocket a tasty £75 million for the Uruguayan from Barcelona.
So what exactly can the striker bound for Camp Nou do over the next few months? Not much according to Twitter.
FIFA confirm Suarez will be sent to bed with no supper tonight and he's only allowed to play PES til November. — Kop 305 (@Kop305) June 26, 2014
Suarez goes outside for a kick-about with his kid and the FIFA representative emerges from the bushes, tutting. — pauliegunn (@PaulGunning1) June 26, 2014
Fifa official pulling out the plug from the back of the TV & shaking his head disappointedly as Suarez watches SPL Round-Up on Sky Sports 3
— Mike Edwards (@_MikeEdwards) June 26, 2014
Then there was poor BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce, who completely lost it when the referee deferred to goalline technology to award a goal to France. Below is an extract of the conversation with his co-commentator Martin Keown…
Pearce: “Well look at the boos and the Honduran players. And look at this again. We’ve seen so many spurious goal line technology replays. And it signals no goal! No goal has gone up on the screen. The fans have heard it, the Honduran players have seen it.”
Keown: “But it’s a goal there..”
Pearce: “Oh goodness me. They've changed their minds now. Does goal line technology work or doesn’t it?”
BREAKING: Live pictures of Jonathan Pearce & Martin Keown in the commentary box. pic.twitter.com/T9uiWBlVJv
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) June 15, 2014
— Carlos (@sjjohnston23) June 15, 2014
Jonathan Pearce, the man paid to tell us what's going on, is the only person in the world that does not know what is going on. — Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 15, 2014
"How could Bruce Willis have been dead all along? He was talking to that little kid all the way through?" - Jonathan Pearce
— Guy Goma (@therickypedia) June 15, 2014
Apologies to Jonathan Pearce for that last tweet. I totally crossed the line. Or did I?
— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) June 15, 2014
Uh oh. They've shown multiple replays - Jonathan Pearce is going to think it's 27-0. — Tom Essex (@cynically_me) June 15, 2014
Very amusing stuff. Who would be a commentator though? The guy made one mistake (albeit repeatedly…)
Back to the football, and we saw a rather interesting free-kick routine from the Germans which featured an allegedly planned slip from goal machine Thomas Mueller.
What you doing Gerrard mate? pic.twitter.com/NBsipU5nrU
— TweetChelseaFC (@TweetChelseaFC) June 30, 2014
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 30, 2014
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) June 23, 2014
Where to begin? Perhaps the first place is the notion that parents whose children have been killed in active duty might perhaps not want to hear from a footballer about how he doesn't want to play for England.
The next journalist who decides it's a good idea to ask Ian Wright anything at all should have to ring every single one of us & explain why. — Not Chris Taylor (@the_itch1980) June 23, 2014
That’s it. Our journey from Morgan to Wright has run its course.
However, we’re missing one vital ingredient that’s crucial to any World Cup round-up: a quick recap of England’s woes. Well, it’s our pleasure to leave you with the greatest six second video from the entire tournament.
Brilliant! England's World Cup in 6 seconds: http://t.co/orofbcwSP4
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 20, 2014
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