Olympic hosts Brazil must win against Denmark tomorrow, to avoid a repeat of the humiliation of the 2014 World Cup.
For most Brazilians, 2014 was a year they would rather forget. The wounds are still fresh from Brazil’s 7-1 World Cup thrashing to Germany two years ago.
As of late, ‘Ginga’, (the soul of Brazilian football) has been absent from the Seleção. Since the departure of Brazil’s famous golden generation, including legends Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Cafu, The Little Canary has looked lifeless.
THE ‘GINGA’ IS LOST
“I fear we have lost our way.”
To add insult to injury, the five time World Cup champions dropped to ninth in the latest FIFA rankings.
Brazilian’s are born with football in their blood. For them, football is more than a game, it’s a religion.
When in strife, players, fans and past managers have all looked to young Barcelona superstar Neymar to save the day. The pressure of carrying the weight of a nation like Brazil has been too much for the 25 year old, and even the greatest of Brazilian players in the past.
What we didn’t expect, was for Brazil to fall to their knees in the first two group games.
65,000 fans boo’d Brazil off the field after a scoreless draw in the opening fixture against South Africa. Another scoreless stalemate against Iraq, has Brazil fighting for life in Group A.
Having never won an Olympic gold at a football tournament, Brazil have their backs to wall.
They face Denmark in their final group game, knowing all too well that anything less than a win could leave them red faced, with the nightmare of early elimination.
Can new manager Tite turn around a young undisciplined side, one that refused to even talk to the press after their last game?
What can be certain, is that early elimination will destroy the morale and pride of all Brazilian football fans in the country.
They simply can’t let it happen.