Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Stressed Brazil fan smashes TV

30 June 2014, 10:20

Rio de Janeiro - Ah, Soccer World Cup penalty shootouts. The stress. The anguish. The joy. The mad dash to find somewhere else to watch the final minutes after you smash your flat-screen TV.

VIDEO: Brazil fan smashes TV

That, at least, was the experience of Brazilian fan Rafael Gambarim, who was so overcome with emotion while watching the host nation's penalty shootout against Chile on Saturday that he smashed his own television set.

A video of his outburst has been shared 34 000 times on Facebook and been viewed more than 36 000 times on YouTube.

It shows Gambarim and two cousins embracing and leaping with joy as Brazil's Julio Cesar saves a penalty by Chile's Alexis Sanchez after their round of 16 match ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Gambarim appears to kiss and embrace the TV as it shows images of the Brazilian keeper.

Then the shot turns to Sanchez, and Gambarim smacks him in the face - shattering his screen and leaving the Chilean forward's image frozen in place, a spiderweb of illuminated shards crackling across it.

"I was annoyed because he scored (Chile's first-half) goal against Brazil, and when he missed, I was elated. When they showed him I said 'Take that boy!'" Gambarim told news portal G1.

"There was a lot of emotion at the time."

There were also still at least six penalty kicks remaining to decide whether Brazil advanced to the quarter finals or suffered a humiliating exit on home soil.

Gambarim said his broken TV was the last thing on his mind.

"TV, what TV? The problem was the penalties! We can always buy another TV, but we had to find a place to watch," he said.

Gambarim, a 30-year-old businessman from the southern town of Umuarama, ran to the house next door, where his neighbor agreed to let him and his cousins watch the rest of the match.

Brazil won 3-2 on penalties to move on to a quarter-final match against Colombia on Friday.

Gambarim said he planned to buy a new TV before then.



Ferguson: Ronaldo is self made

25 October 2016, 09:31

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Al Shabaab attack Mandera hotel, ...

A total of 33 non-locals were in the hotel when the assault was launched.  Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
4 ways to handle your cheating ma...

He is cheating. How do you handle him?

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Why do men choose second wives?

Why do men choose to have second wives?

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Wizkid set for twin Kenyan shows

Wizkid is back in Kenya. For two shows.

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Udada women's festival begins in ...

The Udada women's festival has arrived in Nairobi.

Submitted by
Uhuru pardons 2747 death row conv...

President Uhuru Kenyatta has pardoned a number of death row convicts, sending them to life sentences instead. Read more...