Brazil vs Netherlands: Anderson Silva has uplifting message before today's FIFA World Cup 2014 third place match

Buda Mendes

Keep ya' head up, Brazil, things'll get brighter. Hopefully!

It's no secret that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, is a very proud Brazilian. That's more or less a double-positive: Seemingly all Brazilians have immense national pride ... to a fault.

Just check out this Brazilian's reaction to the embarrassing loss earlier this week when Germany routed Brazil 7-1 in the semifinal match of FIFA's World Cup 2014 at Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto in Belo Horizonte, Brazil:

That pretty much summed up a very emotional national reaction, considering Brazil had not given up that many goals in 74 years ... 74 YEARS. In addition, the heart-wrenching ass-kicking ended Brazil's 39-year unbeaten streak at home. Last, and certainly not least, it was the worst loss (double) for a host country in World Cup history.

In other words, it was historically embarrassing.

The tournament isn't over for Brazil, though, with "Canarinho" scheduled to play Netherlands today (July 12, 2014) in the consolation game at The Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, at 4 p.m. ET. The winner earns third place.

And with the coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, under fire, it's best player, Neymar Jr., ruled out again with injury, "The Spider" issued a message to the reeling soccer team to keep fighting through the despair.

Via Globo.com:

[Raise your heads up high].... No one can know what happiness is if you have not gone through the disappointment.... One can only savor the victory if he has felt the bitter defeat.... Raise your head Brazilian team.... [Learn from this recent defeat with] strength and honor."

Silva is certainly familiar with both ends of the spectrum, reigning as the dominant 185-pound champion for more than a half-decade before recently losing back-to-back matches to Chris Weidman. In their rematch at UFC 168, of course, Silva suffered a disgusting leg break, one that for whatever reason compelled him to APOLOGIZE (read it here) to his countless fans in Brazil.

Based on the nature of the different sports (and his injury), Silva has more than one year to recover from his setback. Brazil's soccer club, meanwhile, had just four days.

Optimistic.

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