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Month: June 2016

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