What was given by the people, and then taken from them
(This is the original text in Portuguese. I want to thank Thiago Arantes for letting me translate and reproduce his text in this small blog. This piece also translates the feelings of some Brazilians towards the World Cup)
Brazil will be the greatest loser in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Forget about tactical schemes, technical analysis, call-ups, goals or refereeing. This defeat won’t come in a surprise loss against Belgium in the round of sixteen, in an epic quarterfinals duel against Italy, in a distressful semifinal against Spain or in a reloaded “Maracanazzo” against Argentina.
This defeat has already come. Brazil has lost the 2014 World Cup. Continue reading
Ramires back to Brazil’s NT
As Brazil’s U23 seems to have a clear path for their first Olympics gold medal after their closest rivals, Spain, fell to Honduras 1-0 in a game full of controversy, national team coach Mano Menezes is already thinking ahead of London. Today, CBF announced the 24 players chosen to defend the Amarelinha against Sweden in Rasunda Stadium, Stockholm. Mano decided to maintain the current Brazil selection that is playing in London, calling more 6 players.
Oscar is number 10
Today, FIFA released the name of every player that will participate in the Olympic Games this month, along with their shirt numbers. One of the highlights in the Brazilian squad is Oscar being handled the #10 shirt, while Ganso, who is disputing the AMC spot with him, earned #16.
The full list after the jump. Continue reading
Oscar training for Brazil NT
After pretty much cementing himself as the 1st choice attacking midfielder for Mano’s squad during the last run of friendlies at Europe and USA and being linked to Tottenham and Chelsea, with the most likely landing place the latter, Oscar was also featured among the starters in the 1st Brazil U23 squad for the Olympics in London. Continue reading
England newspaper Daily Mail broke out a story that said Internacional wonderkid Oscar was leaving the team for a rumored £25m bid. Well, it turns out it’s not that simple. Continue reading
I wouldn’t mess with this guy…
After former Brazilian football hero and current congressman Romário went on Twitter to publicly criticize the Olympics U23 selection ), and directing personal critics to the selected players over 23 years old saying “they don’t deserve it”, as “they’re not quality material”, Hulk backfired telling Romário that “he deserves respect”. Continue reading
Mano Menezes currently has a form of 15 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses since he started as Brazil’s manager in 2010. It’d give him a 60% winning rate; good for league clubs and mid-to-low tier national squads, but not so good for a country which is deemed the best at putting balls past a goal post. Continue reading