A combination of file pictures shows Netherlands' striker and captain Robin van Persie (R) controlling the ball in Durban on June 28, 2010 and Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva controlling the ball in Belo Horizonte on June 28, 2014. Brazil will try to rescue some of their battered pride after their humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany as they face the Netherlands in the third-place play-off in Brasilia on July 12, 2014.
Brazil lost its World Cup semifinal match to Germany by a devastating 7-1 score. The Netherlands lost its game against Argentina in a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of tense scoreless play.
After each match, the losing players wandered off the field, glassy eyed, crushed that their World Cup dreams had ended so close to the final.
The last thing any of them wanted to think about for a long time was soccer.