Note from Black Matt: Many thanks again to Zetona who continues to step up as I take what basically amounts to a leave of absence from the blog. Take it away, Z.
A year ago, I wrote a wish list of what I’d like to see happen in Brazilian football in 2016. After one of the most eventful, tumultuous years in the national team’s history, it’s time to look back and see how much of that list came to fruition—and to throw out some end-of-year rewards! Continue reading
Here’s a special Christmas treat for you, courtesy of our own Zetona! Continue reading
We’re not going to talk about that goal.
Great as it was, incomparable as it was, it’s frustrating to me that most of the articles eulogizing Carlos Alberto have focused almost exclusively on that one goal. Here and there you might see a few more words spared for his club career, or a brief summary of his coaching CV, but there’s been very little discussion about the player himself. Maybe a passing reference to being the first attacking fullback (which we already know is untrue), but that’s all.
That’s unfortunate, because Carlos Alberto was far more than just that goal. Even if he himself was happy to accept it as his defining moment, O Capitão was no mere flash in the pan. No mere comet blazing briefly across the sky; herald, perhaps, of the greatest display of attacking football in history. No mere exclamation point, popping up only at the end to bang in the greatest goal by the greatest team in the greatest World Cup. Even if to the rest of the world it might have seemed that way.
No, Carlos Alberto was much more than that. Continue reading
It’s been well over a month since Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal. Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to write about the tournament until now, when fans of the Seleção have already moved on to more pressing matters.
There were a lot of positives to take from Rogerio Micale’s side, including but not limited to: Continue reading
This is the second article in a series I’m calling “The Great Brazilian Autopsy.” In each article, we are going to dissect the corpse that is the Brazilian Men’s National Team, less to determine cause of death and more to determine what can be done to revive the body. Continue reading
The Olympics are here, and with it Brazil’s last chance to win something before the 2018 World Cup. Continue reading
This is the first article in a series I’m calling “The Great Brazilian Autopsy.” In each article, we are going to dissect the corpse that is the Brazilian Men’s National Team, less to determine cause of death and more to determine what can be done to revive the body.
There are many things that could be said about Brazil’s humiliating exit from the Copa America at the hands (literally) of Peru. Many of those things have already been said in the comments section on this site. Others will be discussed in the coming days.
But before the tournament began, I wrote about how on this occasion, team success did not matter. The only thing that mattered was the success of certain individuals who could – and should – play a large role in Brazil’s future.
Here were the five individuals I was most concerned about: Continue reading
As most readers know, I’ve been watching Brazil for a little over 25 years now. In all that time, this edition of the Seleção might be the least inspiring, least star-studded, least talented side I’ve ever seen taken to a major tournament. Some of you can probably name worse ones. The 2001 Copa America squad had previously held the dubious title of “worst tournament Seleção” of my lifetime, but that team had everything stacked against it. Brazil’s best players, without exception, were all either injured or being rested, and Scolari had just barely taken charge.
The original team Dunga selected is probably better than that one, but it’s close. For this and many other reasons, I’ve had a hard time working up much interest in the Centenario.
Until this week. Continue reading
It’s late, I’m tired, and more than a little frustrated with the Seleção at the moment, so this might not be the most coherent article I’ve ever written. But I do have a few thoughts on the match that I want to share, as I’ll be out for the rest of the week and won’t have a chance later.
So without further ado… Continue reading
If you haven’t already, make sure you read Lisgarfund’s excellent breakdown on Brazil vs Holland from the 1998 World Cup. In the meantime, here’s a little amuse-bouche to whet your appetite for Brazil vs Uruguay later tonight. (A 3,000+ word amuse-bouche, because I’m addicted to words, apparently.) Continue reading