MARC ILES' WORLD CUP SIDESHOW: Brazil capitulation is haunting reminding of Wanderers' Wembley disaster

The Bolton News: Kevin Davies was reminded of Wanderers' 5-0 Wembley defeat during the destruction of Brazil Kevin Davies was reminded of Wanderers' 5-0 Wembley defeat during the destruction of Brazil

WE were all thinking it, and then Kevin Davies came right out and said it.

As I watched Brazil go into complete and utter meltdown against the Germans it brought back some bad, bad memories.

I had only once previously seen a side lose all sense of purpose – at Wembley, of all places. I think Wanderers fans know what I am talking about.

As flashbacks to the torn-up banners, tear-stained faces and discarded flags started to pass through my head, wouldn’t you just know that the Whites captain that day was thinking exactly the same thing.

Kevin, or “Davo” as he is more colloquially known in these parts, tweeted: “I know what it feels like to be losing 5-0 in a semi-final. Horrible!”

I can’t imagine there is a lot of difference between conceding five or seven. Past a certain number I’d imagine all you want to do is exit the stadium.

But just like Wanderers that fateful April day, the players are rarely allowed to skulk off the field without first being interrogated by us press types first.

By all accounts David Luiz, who had worn the captain’s armband for the first time in Thiago Silva’s absence, conducted his interviews in floods of tears.

I’m positive there were tears shed against Stoke too, although the interviews I conducted after the semi-final – with Davies, the manager Owen Coyle and full-back Gretar Steinsson – were done more in stunned silence.

Brazil will no doubt conduct a thorough inquest into what has gone wrong in this tournament, why it looked so painfully obvious that their only fully functioning component was Neymar.

I’m sure it will go a lot deeper than the investigation that should have been conducted at Wanderers that day. Questions about the tactics employed and the overall squad mentality remain unanswered to this day.

One thing I felt for sure watching the game was that I was really witnessing history.

That capitulation will be talked about for a lot longer than I am on this planet, and not just in Brazil and Germany.

In all the years I have been watching football, I’d guess about 30, I can only think of a handful of incidents, games or occasions that I can confidently say, without hyperbole, will still be discussed into the next millennium.

A few tragic disasters at Bradford, Heysel and Hillsborough should rightly serve as a warning for the sport going into the future – but on the pitch, Manchester United’s win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final? Liverpool’s miracle in Istanbul? Maradona’s Hand of God?

It is rare you get a sense of having seen true history being made but it was right there in front of our eyes on Tuesday night.

Ilesy’s TV heaven STEVE Wilson introduces the second half of the Brazil capitulation thus: “Ein, Zwei, Drei, Vier, Thumped.” Great quip from the World Cup’s best commentator.

Ilesy’s TV hell A prophetic line from Martin Keown, who somehow landed Tuesday’s semi-final. “Brazil are over-reliant on one player – Neymar at one end and Thiago Silva at the other.”

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7:56pm Wed 9 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

I would think that Kevin felt the same way when the Wanderers dumped him.
I would think that Kevin felt the same way when the Wanderers dumped him. boltonnut
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8:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Yeah makes the Reading debacle pale now.
Yeah makes the Reading debacle pale now. Beyond News Forum
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12:03am Thu 10 Jul 14

keithyno.1 says...

Marc talking about the Wembley Stoke debacle: "Questions about the tactics employed and the overall squad mentality remain unanswered to this day." Absolutely! Owen Coyle was an ABSOLUTE disaster for Bolton Wanderers... ridiculously expensive signings (one word: Sordell), a bloated squad full of massively overpaid players of average abilty (another word: Eagles), in charge of one of the most embarrassing and inept displays ever to "grace" the Wembley turf then to cap it all he gets us relegated from the Premier League after 10 fabulous years rubbing shoulders with the big boys (with not a CLUE on how to get us back there).
Oh, but how the fans loved him because he was one of "us." Well, he conned and frauded each and every Bolton fan with his gift of the gab (would you REALLY call it a gift??!) and his ability to apparently polish a t*rd at every given opportunity but the worst thing was, he conned and frauded Gartside right to the bitter end. All the fool Gartside for swallowing every line of it - but Gartside himself would be worthy of an entire volume of books entitled "The Greatest Disaster In Football - Ever!!"......
Marc talking about the Wembley Stoke debacle: "Questions about the tactics employed and the overall squad mentality remain unanswered to this day." Absolutely! Owen Coyle was an ABSOLUTE disaster for Bolton Wanderers... ridiculously expensive signings (one word: Sordell), a bloated squad full of massively overpaid players of average abilty (another word: Eagles), in charge of one of the most embarrassing and inept displays ever to "grace" the Wembley turf then to cap it all he gets us relegated from the Premier League after 10 fabulous years rubbing shoulders with the big boys (with not a CLUE on how to get us back there). Oh, but how the fans loved him because he was one of "us." Well, he conned and frauded each and every Bolton fan with his gift of the gab (would you REALLY call it a gift??!) and his ability to apparently polish a t*rd at every given opportunity but the worst thing was, he conned and frauded Gartside right to the bitter end. All the fool Gartside for swallowing every line of it - but Gartside himself would be worthy of an entire volume of books entitled "The Greatest Disaster In Football - Ever!!"...... keithyno.1
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3:19pm Sun 13 Jul 14

stantheman133 says...

We are no better off today, we have a manager who lets a known striker out of his grasp ( jutkewkic ) and then goes on tour and says we need a striker also lets a full back go on loan then promptly signs another , confused you will be.
We are no better off today, we have a manager who lets a known striker out of his grasp ( jutkewkic ) and then goes on tour and says we need a striker also lets a full back go on loan then promptly signs another , confused you will be. stantheman133
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