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Bayern's Brazilian defender threatened to hit Thomas Müller after hearing one too many '7 - 1' jokes

“We can joke about anything, but not about this,” said the tortured Dante.

Who would want to hit a face like that? Oh...
Who would want to hit a face like that? Oh...
Image: John Walton

GERMANS, EH? THOSE guys love a good giggle.

Especially when it comes at the expense of a player in a team they completely demolished in a World Cup semi-final.

Bayern Munich’s Brazilian defender Dante started that black day in Belo Horizonte and, speaking on Brazilian television, he told how the incessant hilarity from his German team-mates almost sent him over the edge.

“The Germans joked about it, especially just after the game, up to the moment when I said it was the time to stop,” Dante told GloboSporte.

“The 7-1 was something more serious than people realised. We can joke about anything, but not about this. Not all the Germans were like this but Thomas [Müller] is the big joker.

“I said to him: ‘If you don’t stop, I’m going to hit you in every training session.’

“This doesn’t make me laugh and when someone doesn’t laugh, it means they are annoyed.”

(For the day that’s in it…)

The 31-year-old also spoke of how the result has changed perceptions of him, and not for the better.

“I felt that people have sort of pushed me to one side since then, in restaurants, in the street. I only think when you are sad and have endured this sort of upset, you need some affection from people who are close to you, to help recover your self-esteem.”

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