In Brazil they have a theory that the Maracanã is cursed. Spain can attest to that, but perhaps we should invent a new curse: the curse of the world champions. Not since Brazil won the tournament in 1958 and 1962 has a country been able to retain the trophy. Argentina made it to the Italia 90 final as holders and Brazil looked like they might win consecutive titles in 1998 until Ronaldo came off the team sheet and they crumbled in Paris.

In recent years, the reigning champions have floundered. France failed to score a goal in 2002, when they lost to Senegal and Denmark on their way out in the group stages; Brazil surrendered meekly in 2006, losing 1-0 to France in the quarter-finals; and Italy failed to win a match as champions in 2010.

Now Spain have gone even further: no longer content to merely fail at the group stage, this set of champions have become the first team to exit the tournament. They came, they saw, they were given a dodgy penalty, they conceded seven goals and then they said their goodbyes. Needless to say, the world has not proved too sympathetic:

Game over

Headline of the night

The end is in sight

The band played on as the ship went down

Taxi for Iker Casillas

The inevitable Wikipedia vandalism

Chile need a new kit man

He could have been a Brazilian

But they might be better off without him

Waiting for Fernando

Playing the numbers game

Six years the champions

Meanwhile in Chile...

¡Adios Amigos!