Remember the good old days when Brazil used to dominate
The Seleção played infatuating football from defense to
attack, in a side boasting the likes of Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto
Carlos, Cafu and Dida.
Over a decade gone, and the whole world seems to be asking
the same question. Where did it all go wrong for Brazil?
The national team is in a state of crisis, after bowing out
of the Copa America losing to Paraguay on penalties in the Quarter finals. It’s
the second Copa in a row the Brazilians have been knocked out on penalties to
Failure to lift the trophy on home soil after losing to Germany
7-1 was certainly a massive shock and reality check, but this result now proves there are some serious
underlying issues with the national team.
Since Luiz Felipe Scolari’s resignation after the World Cup,
returning manager Dunga has been expected to accomplish the impossible task of
restoring the Brazilian side. Unfortunately the Brazilian National Football
administration haven’t learnt their lesson from Dunga’s first appointment as
coach, and have seen their team fall to its knees.
To make matters worse, Brazil have only played 15
competitive games since their World Cup defeat to Netherlands in 2010.
They only won six of those games…..
So what exactly is the problem?
The current squad is definitely not as talented or skillful
as the invincible team of 2002, and has put all their faith in Neymar Jr. The
23 year old attacker is certainly feeling the weight of his nation on his shoulders,
and recently snapped against Columbia receiving a red card and a four game ban.
There seems to be no team chemistry what so ever, with their
build up play often looking disjointed at the best of times.
The Brazilians have lost their fear factor, and are quite
simply not as good as they used to be.
Dunga’s lack of faith in his side also proves that he is the
wrong man for the job.
Brazil were up 2-0 against Venezuela and almost certain to
progress through their group. But Dunga felt the need to send on two extra
center backs, following in a barrage of attacking opportunities for the
Venezuelans. Dunga then went on to blame their poor performance in the Copa
America due to an illness that had struck the 15 players.
The beauty of Brazilian football is long gone, and only remains
in the memory. The great Seleção in the famous Jogo Bonito era saw footballing stars
such as Pele, Garrincha, Jairzinho and Rivellino reveal a gift only god could
provide. That all changed when Brazil failed to lift the World Cup in 1982. Their
nations mentality and political position towards their playing style changed
towards a more physical and athletic type of game.
Perhaps Jogo Bonito is the answer.
Brazil needs to start enjoying their football once again.
The future is uncertain for Brazil, as they face a difficult
World Cup qualification process ahead. Brazil has never failed to qualify for a
World Cup, meaning failure is not an option. Pressure will be high and the
Brazilians of late have been known to choke in big games.
Whether Dunga can change his team’s philosophy into a
winning formula remains to be seen.
The bright side is that by Russia 2018, Phillipe Coutinho,
Roberto Firmino, Douglas Costa, Willian, Everton Ribeiro, Rafinha, Oscar and
Lucas Moura, will all still be in their twenties and hopefully in the prime of