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.

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THE GINGA’ IS LOST

Brazilian legend Pelé recalled his nightmare from the 2014 World Cup.
“I cried watching that game and not just because of the score. I cried because I do not know what happened to the joy of Brazilian football, said Pele.” 

“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.