Brazil might be without talismanic star Neymar for their World Cup semifinal against Germany on Tuesday, but they may have some other magic on its side.
Yep, black magic enthusiast, Helio Sillman, says that he has placed a curse on Joachim Low’s Germany. “I’ll take their top player and bind his legs so he can’t run on the pitch,” said Sillman.
Of course, this naturally will lead to speculation as to who Sillman has cursed in particular. Could it be keeper Manuel Neuer, whose box-to-box rushes would be rendered useless? Or perhaps it’s Thomas Muller, the team’s current top goal-scorer at the World Cup? Or maybe Miroslav Klose, whose chasing the overall World Cup goal-record?
We’ll find out on Tuesday. As it happens, Sillman actually carries out a ritual before every Selecao game. By placing lit candles inside a small football pitch replica box, he uses a voodoo doll of the opposing team’s best player to curse them.
It almost didn’t work in the quarterfinals, though. Colombia hero James Rodriguez nearly sank the Brazilians, but they clung on to defeat Los Cafeteros 2-1 last Friday.
Needless to say, Neymar, wasn’t saved by Sillman’s black magic, either, with his tournament-ending injury after breaking his back vertebra. To his credit, Sillman is claiming the victories over Cameroon, Chile, Croatia and Mexico as down to his voodoo skills.
If Germany are the next victims of Brazil’s magical run, we’ll know exactly who to thank or blame.
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