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The Great Brazilian Autopsy – Deep-lying Forensics

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

Brazil vs South Africa Discussion Thread

The Olympics are here, and with it Brazil’s last chance to win something before the 2018 World Cup.  Continue reading

The Great Brazilian Autopsy: Dissecting the Individuals

Brazil autopsyThis 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.[1]

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

Back to the Future

Dr Emmett DungaAs 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.[1]  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

7 Thoughts on Brazil vs Paraguay

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

Dunga’s False Nine Experiment

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

Seleção Classics: 1998 World Cup Semi-final, Brazil vs Netherlands Part 2 by Lisgarfund

Note from Black Matt: This is Part 2 of a guest article written by our own Lisgardfund.  If you haven’t already, read Part 1 here.  Thanks again to Lisgarfund for this wonderful look at one of the most dramatic Brazil matches of all time!  

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Second Half:

After an intense but scoreless first half, Brazil re-emerged from the tunnel firing on all cylinders. Continue reading

Seleção Classics – 1998 World Cup Semi-final, Brazil vs Netherlands by Lisgarfund

Note from Black Matt: Our own Lisgarfund has graciously contributed this amazingly detailed guest article about one of the most classic Brazil matches of all time.  This is Part 1, which covers the first half.  Part 2 will appear later in the month.  

Take it away, Lisgarfund!   

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Whenever Brazil and the Netherlands meet, there always seems to be a feast of football. Brazil and Netherlands have met four times in the World Cup tournament and each time it has been a classic. Continue reading

Dunga Announces Squad for Uruguay, Paraguay matches

Dunga named his squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.  Full list after the jump. Continue reading

Guest Article: 2016 Wish List by Zetona

Note from Black Matt: I haven’t been able to finish Part II of my “Brazil All-Time XI” series, so February is “Guest Article Month” here on the site.  Kicking things off is our own Zetona, who gives us his thoughts on what Brazil need to do to make 2016 successful.  Later in the month, we’ll feature a two-part “Seleção Classics” article from Lisgar. 

So without further ado, take it away, Zetona! 

2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Brazilian football. Of course, we said the same in 2015, and 2014, and 2013, and 2012, and 2011, and 2010, and you know what, maybe I shouldn’t start this article with the tiredest of clichés. But by my count, between eight World Cup qualifiers, the Olympics, and the Copa America Centenário, we could see some players putting on the yellow jersey over 20 times this year,[1] more than any year since the 90s. The current side is a far cry from the glory days of the late 90s, and after the last two years of tournament disappointments and sub-par displays, there’s plenty of pessimism in the air. If the cards fall just right, though, this year could sweep those bad vibes away.

Here’s what needs to happen this year for it to keep us smiling.[2] Continue reading

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