Brazil’s World Cup Review & Why Brazil is still one of the top teams in the world of Football


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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.


Group Stage

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.

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 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.

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Quarter-Finals

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.

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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.

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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.


#5 Dunga

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.


#3 Experience

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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8 comments on “Brazil’s World Cup Review & Why Brazil is still one of the top teams in the world of Football

  1. Mmm….I agree partly. The 7:1 mostly happened because the players had an emotional breakdown on the pitch in the first half.
    But: I was ready to bet on at least 3:0 for Germany before the game even started. Brazil was extremely lucky in this tournament up to this point that they didn’t play against teams with enough quality (or guts) to capitalize on their weak defence.
    Plus, Brazil was heavily relying on dirty tricks and rough play. It really hurt me to see or say, because Brazil used to be a team I had a lot of respect for. Intimidating, but one I don’t mind my team to loose to. In this tournament, their game play reminded me very much of the Argentinian way (and no, that is not a compliment).

    Also: I had neither Italy, nor Spain nor England on my list for making it very far. Italy’s successes in the last years heavily relied on the exceptional goal-keeping abilities of Buffon, but now he has back problems and can’t secure the team as he used to. Spain’s team is just old…I actually expected them to struggle more already two years ago. And England – the only people who think that England is a great football nation are the ones who only pay attention to the premier league successes, without realizing that they have so many foreign players in this league that they don’t have enough home-grown talent. If you add to all that the climatic conditions, it was to be expected that some or the European teams would be out of the tournament early.

    Colombia should have won against Brazil, and I think they would have if a decent ref had kept the game under control. While the 3:0 for The Netherlands flatters the Dutch imho, I would have put money on them, too, to make it past Brazil. I think that Ghana (who I think would have advanced in any other group), Belgium and France would have been unbeatable for this particular Brazilian side.

    You are btw. wrong about the German team. Yes, there was the possibility that Argentina gets lucky and makes the goal. But they were most of the time only defending, waiting for opportunities instead of trying to create some for themselves. While the German team struggled and Kroos made one big mistake which could have turned the game, all in all they controlled the game despite the circumstances.

    One has to know about the German team that they were already down a couple of players before the tournament even started. The regular squad has around 30 players…they naturally have to scratch some players from the rooster because they are only allowed to take 23 with them, but in this year, Löw didn’t really have much scratching to do, because of those 30 players, five were already down with injuries before he could even made the list. And after he had made it, Reus, perhaps the best attacker in the German team (even better than Müller in some regards) got hurt too.
    Neuer, Schweinsteiger and Khedira were all recovering from injuries. The team struggled so much during the game against Algeria because it couldn’t play to it’s full potential (Hummels being down with flu was a huge loss, and he was only one player who fell ill around the time).
    During the final, they lost Khedira before the game even started, and when Kramer (who is already the substitute of the substitute in the midfield) got hurt too, they had to rotate on five or six positions to compensate the loss. They nevertheless marched on and won, with a goal made by two subs. That is the scary part in all of this….that the team which won the World Cup is far from Germany’s best.

    Either way, I hope that Brazil will rebuilt…this time around with a team which plays fair and good football.

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    • I pointed out Spain and Italy because Brazil had played them in the Confederation Cup a year prior. i stated England because Brazil drew and lost to them before the tournament. Brazil didn’t qualify, so games like these were important and i was illustrating that the hard teams they played didn’t show up in the World Cup, so Brazil never really played a hard team. Brazil weren’t rough against Croatia nor Mexico nor Cameroon. South American teams are known to play rough against each other and that was the case against Chile and Colombia, they were rough as well. Neymar injury proves that. Germany like many teams had injury problems and going into this game Germany were the favourites to beat Brazil but Brazil is technically better than Algeria and if they can push the game to extra-time i think Brazil could have as well. Argentina and Germany were even the entire game, so saying that they were in control is wrong. Though that is based on opinion and i respect yours. Thank you for commenting and i hope you comment more because all i want is to create a discussion about soccer every time i blog about it.

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      • Colombia won the fair play price in the end. They didn’t play rough at all in the tournament, until they encountered Brazil. The Brazilian team kept fouling James Rodriguez to keep him from playing freely, and the ref did nothing, until the situation escalated and Colombia fouled right back.
        There was a similar set up towards the end of the final game. As soon as Argentina realized that the ref was not ready to pull a red, they became worse and worse, until Schürrle simply kicked back as a warning. Schweinsteiger had to do what he always does when Germany faces an opponent like this, taking the worst hits in order to protect the other players as much as possible. Thankfully the game was over before the situation escalated completely.
        Argentina looked dangerous, but the game ended with zero shots on targets for them. Look at the stats, Germany has better numbers in every single area.

        As a general rule, Germany has always a harder time to play against teams which practically park the bus and wait for counters, like Algeria, France and Argentina all did. That they managed as many shots on the goal as they did in the regular time, despite having to get the ball past seven players which were constantly in the own half of the field was very impressive. Argentina was playing for a draw (why the hell they thought that they had a good shot to win a penalty shoot-out against Manuel Neuer, I’ll never know), Germany was playing for the win, and therefore took more risks. They paid off in the end.

        Brazil didn’t play defensively. Their game play is similar to the one of Portugal. It’s the kind of style Germany has usually no problems to beat, because their passing accuracy is really high.

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      • Messi won the player of the tournament like Colombia won the fair player award. No merit in that. South American teams always play rough against each other, so pointing that out doesn’t really say much. Mexico and Chile had rough tackles on Neymar and he suffered a thigh injury and knee injury until Zuniga almost paralyzed him. Germany deserved to win the World Cup and they did. I just like to point out facts. Germany always have players that miss important games. Mueller didn’t play against Spain in 2010 and Ballack didn’t play in 2002 against Brazil and now 2014 people were injured. They are used to that by now. Goal chances aren’t shots on net but Argentina had chances to score. Germany had 10 shots and 7 on target but only hit the post and scored the goal. Argentina had 10 shots and had 2 on target but Messi had a big chance, Higuain had a big chance and so did Palacio. The possession at the end of the game was 60-40. Algeria match report had Germany having 63 possession and against France it was 50-50 possession. Germany deserved to win the World Cup but don’t act as if Germany are incredible. They had a healthy squad in the Euro 2012 and were dispatched by Italy 2-0, a team that didn’t even get out of the group stage in 2014.

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      • The fair play award is based on the number of fouls a team made during a tournament. It is based on numbers, not on the questionable opinion of some so called experts.
        Germany was down a key player in 2002, 2006 and 2010, and in the latter two cases because of questionable decisions. Thankfully they have now enough good players to make up for those losses, but that wasn’t true in back then, in 2002 because the German football was down (kind of where the Brazilian is now) and they were in the final thanks to a really good goalie and a very lucky draw (back then, I was kind of glad that Brazil won, because they were the better team by far), and in 2006 and 2010 because the team was full of young players.

        Italy is Germany’s boogie team…they are to Germany what penalties shoot-outs are for England. In this game Buffon made no less than five incredible saves, two of them in the first ten minutes. It was a closer affair than the result suggests (just look at the stats for this game), despite the fact that Löw made a huge tactical mistake.And a lot of young players were back then not yet on the level they are now. Two years are a lot of time to collect experiences after all.

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      • 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.

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