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
Heaven or hell, the choice is his
New news on the front. A few days ago I reported how Guardiola was willing to take Brazil’s NT coaching gig after Mano Menezes’ political departure from the position. Also, I reported how Guardiola was first in CBF’s shortlist so far, and how popular the move was going to be.
Well, I was a fool and so was the remaining Brazilian fan base who still gives a thought about the Seleção (you guys have no idea how unpopular it has become since the 2002 World Cup): the new Brazilian coach, according to media vehicles who have been mostly spot-on on predicting those kind of moves so far, will be Luiz Felipe Scolari, known as Felipão (or Big Phil for Chelsea fans).
Where will he end up?
About less than a year ago, I went on to write about Ronaldinho’s problems with Flamengo, and his on and off the pitch troubles. I even doubted that he could return to at least part of the form he showed at Milan, before getting back to Brazil, and also said that it’d too dumb to anyone to look for his services.
Boy, was I wrong!
Fluminense’s Fred is the best player of the year
Guys, unfortunately I don’t live off this blog. If you ever read my bio on this site, you’re aware I’m currently an Economics student, so I don’t have much spare time to dedicate here. Also, as I’m writing on WordPress, I don’t have AdSense or any other form of profiting off traffic, so my absences are (unfortunately) often. Hopefully I’ll manage one day to squeeze some time from my schedule to write a piece or two per day.
Still, relevant news? CBF’s Team of the Year was announced, and after the jump you’ll find the names.
The news regarding Pep Guardiola’s interest in taking the now-vacant spot of Brazil’s NT coach seemingly touched not only the hearts of common Brazilians but also the talking heads at CBF as well. Lancenet reports that according to a close person in the works of CBF, Guardiola is first in the list of favored coaches to take the reins at the Seleção after Mano Menezes departure.
Wallace leaves Flu
Back in August this year, near the summer transfer window’s end, there were many rumors linking by-then Fluminense right-back prodigy Wallace to several European clubs in Italy and Chelsea back in England. It sounded as though those rumors were dead, but we’ve become aware that a move from Fluminense to London club Chelsea was in the making back in October and that such deal had Wallace moving in to England at the end of the Premier League season for 10m Euros – but Chelsea would only pay 60% of the alleged fee as they’ve gotten 40% of his rights from the Deco transfer to Flu.
But it seems that such move can be done earlier.
Pep Guardiola considering Brazil’s NT gig
More interesting news following the end of Mano Menezes’ tenure with the Seleção. The Brazilian media threw a lot of names around, from the now-government consultant in Sports Ministry Felipão to former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, but a surprising statement from the latter would put him ahead of everyone who has been cited by the pundits so far.