Player ratings for Brazil’s 2-0 victory against Mexico. Continue reading
Didn’t have time to write a real preview this weekend, but here are a few pre-match thoughts: Continue reading
We enter the third and final match of group play with two teams needing a win. Serbia, for any hope of qualification. Brazil, to secure qualification – and as a balm for their own wounded psyche. Continue reading
My first article in over 1.5 years!
Since Tite took over the reins of the national team, how has the Seleção scored? Are they primarily a counter-attacking team, a la Dunga in 2010? Do they rely heavily on pressing and half-counters, like Scolari did until he and the entire squad dissolved into a nervous wreck?
Or has Tite brought back the intricate passing rhythms of Brazil’s golden age?
No, no, and no.
It was an interesting exercise, going back to analyze how Tite’s Brazil scored their goals. To be honest, the results were not quite what I expected. In my mind, I expected to find that half-counters were largely responsible for many goals, but the opposite turned out to be the case.
Here’s a breakdown of the 29 non-penalty goals Brazil scored in qualifiers after Tite took over: Continue reading
It has now been a year since Brazil won the gold medal in men’s football at the Olympic Games. It was one of Brazil’s most significant footballing accomplishments in years, particularly since Olympic gold was the last mountain the Seleção had yet to scale. Continue reading
You know the drill.
The last post was getting pretty swollen with comments, so use this post to discuss the upcoming WCQs against Uruguay and Paraguay.
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