World Cup: Brazil Soccer Star Offers Teary Apology on Live TV for Team's Humiliating Loss (Video)
"It's a very sad day, but it's also a day from which to learn," David Luiz says during a raw, emotional television interview.
Brazil soccer captain David Luiz has offered an emotional, teary apology to his country's citizens after the team suffered a humiliating loss against Germany in the World Cup semifinals.
In a live TV interview following the game, Luiz expressed his extreme disappointment at the host team's record 7-1 defeat at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
"Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people," he said through tears, as translated by New Zealand's 3 News. "I just wanted to see my people smile. We all know how important it was for me to see all of Brazil be happy, at least because of football."
At least three of Germany's goals are attributed to mistakes made by Luiz. Still, the soccer pro isn't a sore loser.
"They were better than us," he said of the German players. "They prepared better. They played better. It's a very sad day, but it's also a day from which to learn."
Brazil's coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, also asked for forgiveness following the loss.
"To the people, please excuse us for this negative mistake," he said.
Incidentally, Brazilian soccer fans have dubbed Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger "pe frio" — loosely translated as "the jinx" — after he backed the nation ahead of its loss.
Jagger watched the match from a VIP box alongside his 15-year-old son, Lucas, whose mother is Brazilian model and celebrity Luciana Giminez.
Jagger backed a slew of nations who, without fail, went on to immediately exit the tournament.
Billboard's Richard Smirke contributed to this report.