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This is BBC World News Today with me Philippa Thomas.
We're just hours from finding out who will meet Germany in the
In Brazil, fans are still reeling after the
host nation's humiliating 7-1 defeat at the hands of the German team.
It was a devastating night for the hosts. The second semifinal is about
to kick off. At least 41 people have been killed
in Gaza as Israel and Palestinian militants fire missiles and rockets
at each other for another day. Mobile devices in hand luggage
will have to be charged or And we'll be asking what makes
a good national anthem - as Switzerland decides theirs isn't
good enough. They're calling it the disgrace
of all disgraces. The people of Brazil are still
in shock over their humiliating exit from the World Cup
at the hands of the German team. And in just a few hours time we'll
know who Germany is to meet in Sunday's World Cup final - as
the other semi-final pits Argentina You can see the Dutch team training
here - the big question for their match is whether star
striker Robin Van Persie will be joining them on the pitch, as he's
been struggling with a stomach bug. But can it be as dramatic
as Tuesday's game in which Germany knocked out hosts Brazil with that
massive 7-1 win? It's probably no surprise that
swiftly became the most discussed football match
EVER on social media-there were 35.6 And provoking headlines like "Shame,
sadness, humiliation" on newspapers My colleague Peter Okwoche is in Rio
for more on that reaction. Peter, the home fans must have woken
up with the most awful hangover? The coach has just had a press
conference and they ask about his future after that humiliating
defeat. He did not eat much about it and said there was still one match
left to be played, the third-place match. After that they will sit down
and look ahead to their future. That is what the coach said. But
basically this is a nation in shock. Numbed. You mentioned how crazy
social media went during the game. People sending messages furiously. I
just gave up after 35 minutes, I could not keep up! That is what it
was like last night. Later this evening, the second semifinal. It is
between Holland and Argentina. My colleague looks ahead to that.
It was a historic humiliation. They night that will haunt the country
for generations. Brazil is defined by its football team so losing in
this manner was more than a defeat, it left the nation in shock. The
Germany team ran riot, Brazil with some were blown away. Every goal
leaving another dent in the national pride.
I will be remembered for this, the worst defeat in Brazilian history.
The postmortem began this morning. Life goes on but memories will leave
a scar. Part of what makes this nation special has been washed away.
It was meant to be the ultimate showcase for a country presenting an
image of a Morgan and confident football nation. After that game,
many are now wondering if the most expensive World Cup ever was really
worth it, and wondering where to go from here. For generations, children
like this have grown up and dreamt of playing for the best team in the
world. Not any more. The game was a very sad, this boy told me. Another
said that he was so upset he cried himself to sleep.
Brazil need to train more. Concentrate more.
One of the legendary World Cup team of 1970s inspired a generation told
me that the decline of the current team was down to players chasing
lucrative contracts in Europe. They need to stay here? Yes, yes.
Something has been lost? It is the money, money, money.
Despite the result it remains a country in love with the sport.
Brazil got hurt last night, picking itself could take years. -- picking
itself up. The question now is whether we will
get a spectacle matching last night. But at the end of the semifinal we
will at least know who is facing Germany in the final.
Surely it cannot be another game like we watched last night!
As we've been hearing, we'll find out in just a few hours who will
Now going into the tournament, the expectations of the Dutch
So the Netherlands' remarkable unbeaten run has been met with
Much of the team's unexpected success is being attributed to the
The Dutch reject opposition claims that the substitute goalkeeper did
anything wrong with his techniques prior to the penalty shoot out. The
team appear to have adopted a win at all costs mentality and are
surpassing expectations. Prior to the competition only 5% in Holland
thought they could make the final. Many attribute this to the Louis van
health factor -- van Gaal factor. As a coach he is a disciplinarian and
an astute tactician. His philosophy has enabled the
players to show that they believe in themselves. Everybody can win at
this stage of the tournament. It depends on the team spirit, dealing
with mistakes, you win with the referee, all kinds of distractions.
The team who handles that best will win the cup.
Some former Holland internationals have been critical of the approach,
others see the manager as a revolutionary.
We want to play good football and win. The main difference between
what we did in the past and what we are doing now, she wants to win. --
he. The Dutch have courage, and van Gaal
in their corner. Well we can speak to Anna Holligan
now - she's with fans at a bar in The
Hague - Anna, what are they saying? They believe that they can win this
after expectations were at an all-time low. Argentina are the
favourites but that has not dented the faith of these supporters.
Although Argentina have magical players nobody should underestimate
the Dutch strikeforce. One of the fastest in the competition. Going
into the game, both Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie are expected to
start. The last time these two sides met it was a 0-0 result. Holland
have never won the trophy before. And Argentina have never lost a
semifinal. Less than two hours to go. This place will soon be filled
with orange. We will speak to you later on.
And don't forget there is all the world cup action and analysis
on our website - including a piece by our South
American football expert in Rio, Tim Vickery, on the lessons Brazil
You can also join the discussion on Twitter -
Israel has vowed to "further intensify attacks on the militant
group Hamas", which it says has fired at least 75 rockets today.
Israel has so far attacked 550 sites in Gaza, where at least 41 people
have been killed since the Israeli military began operations on
Tuesday. Hamas says Israel must stop its blockade of Gaza and release
prisoners. But Israel says it wants to eliminate the threat of rocket
attacks from Gaza for good. Tensions rose last week when the bodies of
three young Israelis were discovered in the occupied West Bank and a
Palestinian teenager was murdered in Jerusalem. We have two reports
tonight. In a moment, James Reynolds in Sderot on the Israeli side. But
first Yolande Knell has spent the day in Gaza.
The full impact of an Israeli air strike. The family lived here were
given a 15 minute warning. Some militants have been killed at home.
The civilian death toll is rising. It is the third war against Gazza
since 2008. They target the civilians and they are in the eye of
the storm. But Israel is being targeted also and high -- Hamas run
television showed this clip of rockets. They can reach far away
cities they have never been reaching before. But this evening, conditions
laid down for a cease fire. Israel must stop occupying Palestinian land
said the Hamas leader. Israel is unlikely to agree and continued with
air strikes whilst the speech was being made.
Rocket science interrupts an Israeli wedding. -- sirens. Everybody runs
for cover and Israel fires this defence system, but it does not stop
everything. From this hill, the Gaza Strip is just a few miles away. We
are right on the border of the free world and the terrorist world. We
will win. From the Hayes, we can make out
white smoke. Militants in the Gaza Strip have just fired a rocket.
Seconds later, smoke in a field. We go to have a look. Israel was very
lucky with this rocket striking a field. It shows that Palestinian
militants can continue to hit Israel despite all of the Israeli air
strikes. In Tel Aviv, the police cleared debris.
Nearly a week after new security measures were introduced at UK
airports, the advice to passengers is changing again.
Now any passengers flying in and out of the UK - not just those flying to
the United States - could face checks to see if electronic devices
in their hand luggage like mobile phones and laptops are charged.
The summer getaway is nearly here with new advice for passengers. What
ever gadget you have, make sure it is charged and switched on before
you fly. It seems not everyone has got a message. Do you why you have
got to do that? Turn it on? If it is not fully charged, you cannot fly.
The advice is, it just has to be switched on. They should make it a
more clear. It is safe travel we want. Stuff that needs to be charged
anyway, why bring it not charged? This new advice does not just cover
mobile phones, includes portable music players, laptops and anything
that has electrical and has a removable battery. The chances are
you won't have your device checked, but government advice is clear,
whether you are flying to make sure it is charged because anyone on any
flight may be asked to prove it turns on. What happens if it won't?
Passengers could charge it on the spot or leave it at the airport. It
can be posted to your home address and some airlines say some
passengers could rebook their flights. It all means potential for
disruption, but at Liverpool airport, so far, so good. No queues
as we would have expected at this time of the day. Hopefully it will
stay that way and will not impact passengers. What if the terror
threat changes. The summer peak is not here yet when millions will want
to travel. The worst case it will be something we saw in 2006 where we
saw huge chaos in the airports because of the liquid ban and so on.
But that is the worst case scenario. To stop that happening, and advice
to passengers - charge your device and there will be no delays.
Ukraine's future has been the subject of calls today between
its new president Petro Poroshenko and Germany's Angela Merkel and the
Ukraine wants more international money to help rebuild infrastructure
The focus of that fighting was for months the town of Sloviansk, home
It's just been brought back under the Ukrainian government's control,
The road to Sloviansk, is a reminder there is a war now in Europe.
Pro-Russian new militants had called this town their fortress, but under
heavy fire they have forced to retreat. In town, the Ukrainian flag
is back. Separatist symbols are being scraped away, but a collective
trauma will take longer to raise. After weeks of fighting there is
widespread damage. Many accuse the Ukrainian army of indiscriminate
shelling. This lady tells me how she came under fire and heard explosions
nearby. I don't know who were shooting, she says, but my nerves
could not take this any more. This was the most feared Golding in
Sloviansk, when the insurgents were in control. Their headquarters and
prison. They took hostages and locked them in the cellar. Some of
their prisoners are still missing. These are the conditions the
prisoners were held in underground. Some of them were here under -- for
three months. The food was basic, the masterpieces were filthy and the
washing facilities was just a plastic apple on the wall. After
retaking Sloviansk, the Ukrainian army feels it has the momentum to
crush the insurgency. We saw this large convoy of weaponry heading
south. The militants are trying to slow the advance by lowing of
bridges. Many of the fighters have retreated to the regional capital,
Don yet scared. There are more pro-Russian insurgency than before.
There is no sign of any police, they are the ones patrolling the city. We
will fight to the end, he says. We don't recognise the Kiev
government, they came to power in a coup. Fearing violence here, many of
the shops have shot and cleared their shelves. It may not look like
it, but this is a car showroom. People are leaving Don yet scared.
This lady, her son and her mother have tickets for the Moscow train,
but they have nowhere to stay and no plan for the future. We are going to
nowhere with nothing. I don't know what we will have tomorrow. We
simply want to leave, that is all. The baby was born in Don yet. She
does not want to leave her home town or her country, but this war she
says, has left her no choice. We've heard many a national anthem,
especially in the past few weeks. And if you, like me have been
watching the World Cup, perhaps you haven't heard enough of your
national anthem. It turns out though that the Swiss have heard enough of
theirs. And so there's a competition underway to write a new one. See
what you think of their old national anthem, which many think is frankly
That wasn't the full anthem of course but it does give you a
flavour of the mood it sets. With me is the journalist Alex Marshall
who's writing a book about national anthems.
You have listened to hundreds of them? Far too many. What are we
looking for when people choose anthems? An anthem should, the most
successful are the quickest, you think of the French and the
Americans. Think of the ones in Latin America. Switzerland has
realised its anthem is too slow and it is too obsessed with God and the
weather to make anyone excited. The strange thing is, they want a new
anthem that is about Swiss values, diversity, respect for nature,
sustainable development. Personally, it seems very hard to write an
exciting song about such subjects. Let's remind our viewers of the
American national anthem. That is where everybody stands up
with hand on heart and makes them feel patriotic. That is an obvious
one. What is your favourite? Watching this World Cup, the wombat
has stood out for me is Uruguay. Probably be only one back could
stand up as a piece of classical music. It is like a mini opera and
the fact it was written by a failed opera composer, says it all. It has
crescendos, quiet passages of music, it is fantastic. There is
some orchestral vigour going through it. So that is what you have been
reminded of watching the World Cup. We did not hear very much of the UK
in the World Cup, what do you think of the British national anthem? We
can hear even less of it. If anyone should take an example from
Switzerland is the British. God Save The Queen, I know it is well-known
around the world, but it is slow and how that can incite any full dollars
into playing well, I don't know. Which probably explains the poor
performance in the World Cup. I suppose that is an issue as well
because many of the anthems have been with us for so long, and trying
to reinvent a modern anthem? There is a danger of overfamiliarity and
there is a danger of novelty. Bosnia tried to write a new anthem after
the war. But non-Abhi ethnic groups in the country can agree on the
words. So they have this wordless tune which nobody can stand there
with their hands on their heart to because they just all look confused.
There is a danger of trying to reinvent things as well. But some of
the best are the oldest. The French anthem is one everybody knows. You
can go anywhere in the world and people know it means France. The
people who wrote it should be celebrated. For a piece of classical
music, it is almost as strong as a pop song. It has got to be very
memorable and catchy. But it also has that sense of importance and
grandeur about it. Congratulations to Switzerland for trying it. The
200 people who have entered the competition, the best of luck. How
are they going to choose? They will spend the next year working through
different entries to work out which is the best. They have four
languages in Sweetland, so they have got to try and make everyone's
entries at work in those four languages. They have to check it has
the right elliptical values and it is almost impossible. It is almost
designing an anthem by committee. Yes, and that is a recipe for
disaster. The ones who have chosen an anthem by committee are the worst
songs. Alex, it has been a pleasure talking to you.
Thanks for being with us. You have been watching World News Today.