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First I would like to say Brazil losing to Germany 7-1 was one of the most devastating things that I have ever witnessed in sports. If you know me, you know that i’ve been a Brazil fan for my entire life. Playing soccer at recess at Dunlace PS, I envisioned I was Ronaldo or Adriano growing up because those were the strikers at the time. I’ve seen Brazil win Copa Americas, Confederations Cups and that gives you a glimpse of me witnessing some highs as a fan. But i have witnessed some lows prior to 2014. Losing to France in the 2006 World Cup was sad but I was only in the 5th grade so it didn’t hit me emotionally. 2010 World Cup was a different type of situation, i was in grade 9, i was feeling pretty confident of Brazil winning the cup but nothing could have foreseen losing to Netherlands from leading 1-0 at the half and conceding a red card. It was devastating losing 2-1 and I waited four years to finally put that to sadness to rest.
I’ll admit, Brazil didn’t play a dominating style in the World Cup, they didn’t completely impress in any of the games they played and a lot of teams didn’t either. Brazil were inexperienced entering the tournament, but I was still confident. “From the 23 athletes called up, only six have joined other World Cups and two of them have barely played. The national team’s current defender Thiago Silva did not play in 2010.” I knew the group stage was going to be hard because Croatia isn’t easy, Mexico somehow always beats Brazil and Cameroon were the wild-card. Brazil played better than Croatia but the game was only viewed as Brazil getting help by the referees due to the Penalty Shot. Brazil should have beaten Mexico but Ochoa was brilliant, yet everyone said Brazil were not good, yet Mexico nearly beat Netherlands ; a team that were a shootout away from a ticket to the final. Brazil dispatched Cameroon and that was great but Cameroon were horrible.
Brazil vs Croatia : Oscar 3-1
Round of 16
This was when my heart-beat raced on every single play because I knew Brazil vs Chile would be a hard win because Chile were a great team and high in confidence. Being completely biased, Brazil’s defence and inexperience played well into Chile tying the game because Brazil had everything under control leading 1-0. The Penalty Shootout was something I couldn’t watch. I hid under my jersey I got for my birthday in 2010. I honestly prayed but I couldn’t watch. We ended up winning and I started to breath properly again. This was the first sign that Brazil’s defence and inexperience would play into us going out of the tournament. This was also the first game Neymar didn’t help out because he was suffering from various injuries and we were nearly eliminated. Though he was clutch enough to pull this off.
As I said earlier, this is where Brazil had lost two World Cups in a row but for the first time we weren’t playing a European team ( France 06, Netherlands 10). We were playing a team we could beat but Colombia had James Rodriguez ; the player of the tournament in my opinion. We also had Luis Gustavo suspended who played a vital role on the team in all the games before. We won the game from set-pieces and a costly penalty and pressure from Colombia almost got the game tied up near the end but we survived. Neymar again didn’t do much because of a swollen thigh and a Knee injury picked up in the Cameroon game and were the various unnamed injuries from the game before and the inconceivable happened ; Neymar was injured completely this time and ruled out of the rest of the World Cup and Brazil’s Captain Thiago Silva would be banned from the Semi-Final game.
David Luiz celebration in scoring the eventual game winner from a stunning free-kick
Semi – Finals
Brazil as host already put enormous pressure on players who already had never even played in a World Cup ; the biggest tournament in Football. To make matters worse, the heart of the team Neymar was gone and the Soul of the team Thiago Silva was out. Brazil’s coach Scolari did something that would eventually lead to him being fired. He didn’t do what Algeria did against Germany, he didn’t do what Argentina did against Germany that almost won them the World Cup. He didn’t make Brazil’s tactics as defensive, he put it as attacking. He told a team of people who were emotionally shattered by Neymars injury to attack one of the best teams of the tournament and a team that would go on to win the World cup without Neymar and Silva. When Germany scored the first goal, it was due to poor defending just as Chile’s goal was in the round of 16. When this happened the Brazillian players on the pitch didn’t know if they should sit back or to keep attacking and follow what the coach told them to do and guess what? That confusion led to the second goal that shattered them. The second goal was the end of the game. Brazil knew they weren’t going to win and it was over. The dream of six world cups was over. If Brazil played defence, sat back and waited to attack, we could have done what Algeria did conceivable taking it to extra-time and maybe even winning but we didn’t. Scolari was fired and even though its horrible, it makes sense. Brazil were psychological devastated as was the country and as was I but now I understand. Brazil vs Netherlands means nothing so don’t expect me to talk about that. Though the pictures below can you tell how that game went.
The Future of Brazil
If Brazil played defence and sat back, Germany isn’t winning 7-1, so this one game doesn’t define anything because it was a fatal tactical error and it cost the coach his job. Brazil will be heading into Copa America 2015 on the quest to show the world Brazil is still top in the world and here is 5 reasons why they still are.
Re-hiring Dunga was the first step in realizing what has to be done. Dunga won Brazil the Copa America, Confederation Cup & led Brazil to top of the qualifying in South America. If it wasn’t for Felipe Melo losing his head and getting the red card against Netherlands, Brazil would have played Uruguay than Spain for the title and i believe 2010 was a great chance at the title lost due to stupidity. Dunga played defence ( Brazil 2014 lacked), didn’t rely on star power ( Neymar was relied on) and built a team and won games on counter-attacks. These type of tactics if implemented into 2014 would have helped greatly because this is what Brazil 2014 was lacking and led to us losing.
#4 More Games
We have to go into the past a little bit to fully understand this point. Brazil had to qualify to make it into the World Cup of 1994 played in USA, Brazil went in and won the World Cup. Since winning the Cup, Brazil didn’t have to qualify for the World Cup in 1998 and this led to less games being played with the team and Brazil went on to lose in the finals 3-0 to France. Brazil then has to qualify for the World Cup in 2002 and plays key games that connects the team together and they would go on and win the World Cup. Brazil would be the last team in history to win a World Cup and not qualify for the next World Cup in 2006 because after 2006 this rule was gone. Italy had to qualify for 2010 from winning 2006 and Spain winning the World Cup in 2010 had to qualify for 2014 World Cup. Brazil were given a free-ride into 2006 and eventually lost to France 1-0. See a pattern? Brazil would then top the qualifiers and qualify for 2010 and as i’ve stated i completely believe if Brazil had beaten Netherlands not let in an own goal and a red card, this would have been the best chance at the Cup. As being host, Brazil didn’t have to qualify for the 2014 and what happens when Brazil doesn’t have to qualify? You see my point. Brazil playing more games will make them play better and more as a unit which they didn’t have in 1998, 2006 and 2014. When they did have it, 1994, 2002, 2010, they either won the Cup or had a really great chance.
Neymar, Oscar, Lucas, Willian, Bernard, Coutinho, Firmino, the list goes on. Many of Brazil’s top players in the world are only on average 23. In 2018, all these players will be in there peak having already played a number of games with Brazil and Copa America 2015, Copa America 2016 which is together with the Gold Cup plus Qualifying plus friendlies will give Brazil’s top talent experience which will help them in 2018.
#2 New Players
Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Barbosa, Coutinho, Lucas, Alan Kardec, Filipe Luis, Marquinhos, Rafinha the list goes on. Brazil have enough talent for generations and with the additions of the right players Brazil will still be top in the world.
Some small facts below show high potential
– Only Lewandowski has more goals+assists (21) in BundesLiga this season, than 22-year old Roberto Firmino (20).
– Santos’ 17-yo rising star Gabriel Barbosa has scored at club level 14 goals in 2014. Jô and Fred combined have scored 18, in 9 games more.
– In all competitions 2013/14, Roberto Firmino had a hand in 35 goals (20 goals, 15 assists), most among all Bundesliga players.
#1 Because two horrible games define nothing.
Brazil lost two games but people aren’t realizing that Brazil finished 4th in the entire World Cup. Let me tell you how other ‘ top teams’ played in the World Cup.
Spain – Group Stage Exit
Italy – Group Stage Exit
England – Group Stage Exit
Argentina – beat Iran 1-0, beat Nigeria 3-2, beat Bosnia 2-1, beat Belgium 1-0, beat Netherlands in PKs and Lost in the Final. Never dominating a single team and edged out victories by great defence.
Germany – beat 4-0 Portugal who had injury problems, had a red card and Germany were given a controversial PK. Portugal didn’t even qualify out of the group. Tied Ghana 2-2, beat USA 1-0, beat Algeria 2-1 in extra-time, beat France 1-0, beat Brazil 7-1 which I explained and won the final 1-0 because Argentina couldn’t finish and they could.
No top team dominated any game they played including Brazil. When teams parked the bus in front of Germany, Germany struggled. Argentina could have easily won the World Cup but didn’t capitalize on the chances they had. Brazil finished 4th in the world with a team who were inexperienced, wear a jersey that is expected to win every single world cup and played at home adding the amount of pressure they already had on them. No host has won a cup since 1998 and only 6 in history have done such an accomplishment. if Spain or Italy or England or Portugal for that mattered finished 4th, it would not be a failure but because it’s Brazil it’s a failure but finishing 4th is Brazil best finish since 2002. Before the Germany game, Brazil was on pace for a better goals differential since 2006. Brazil are still a top team in the World and in the years to follow with playing many games, having Dunga as Coach, adding new players Brazil will once again be champions.
Only time will tell.
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From The 6ix,With Love
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Sincerely, Kid From The 6ix
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