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World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Serbia

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

Futsal on the Field: How Tite’s Brazil Scores

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?[1]  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

Guest Article: “What We Learned From Brazil’s Recent Coaches, Part 2: Rogério Micale and the Olympics” by Zetona

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

3 behaviors of the Brazil Olympic Team the senior team should copy

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

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

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

The Well Has Gone Dry: Brazil’s Domestic Player Problem

Note: I have a lot of thoughts about Brazil’s insipid performance against Chile, but I think I’ll hold off writing an article about it until after the Venezuela match.  The way I see it, when two qualifiers occur in quick succession, they’re in many respects two halves of a whole story.  So I’ll wait until the second half unfolds before writing about it.  In the meantime…

This article is not about Lucas Lima.

It’s not about Oscar either. Nevertheless, you’ll see those two names more than any other as we discuss one of the largest impediments Brazil has to resuming its place as the dominant superpower in world football.

That impediment is this:

Domestic players have consistently failed to become consistent contributors to the national team Continue reading

Rafinha: High floor or low ceiling? (Plus a few thoughts on Brazil’s midfield)

Back in March, when Brazil beat France, many of us remarked how Dunga’s side showed an increased commitment to building from the back, to using triangles and short combinations to work the ball down the length of the pitch. It was a welcome sign. Continue reading

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