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