July 9th, 2014 will go down in history. Contrary to belief this game is not necessarily historic for the 1-7 loss and it’s not necessarily historic because Brazil played terrible. This game is historic for what it symbolizes. This game is historic for exemplifying a parody we see so many times through history, the collapse and debacle of an empire.
I have been one of the biggest critics of Brazilian soccer the past seven years. When Brazil beat Spain during the Confederations Cup I warned that, “The Seleção is still below average.” I have written about the “Dark Ages of Brazilian Soccer,” where I criticize the squad and players. Lastly, I have criticized the soccer academies in Brazil and posed the question “Is FC Barcelona that good or is everyone that bad?” However, I never thought I would witness the catastrophe of Brazil vs Germany.
Mesut Özil’s amazing soccer skills are minimized by his extremely efficient, out of this world immune system. In this video you will witness The Avatar Soccer Player, spit his gum into the air, proceeds to juggle it with his feet, then catches it in his mouth. He then runs off smiling. When will this guy turn blue?
If you’ve played the game long enough you might have heard someone say, “The best team doesn’t always win.” As a Brazilian I must say, “Thank God for that!” I haven’t seen a good agreeable Brazil team or game since 2009/2010. Fast forward to this years Confederations Cup I saw glimpses of what to expect in 2014 and the future of the Seleção. Brazil dominated for periods of the matchs against Italy and Mexico, which showed huge progress in the right direction. But they lost concentration and Italy and Mexico came back scoring goals and even taking possession of the ball for long periods. It seemed as though the Seleção would play amazing for two minutes then become completely lost for 20 minutes. I saw bad passing, and players completely lost on the field. The game against Spain was different. Brazil played like champions.
There has been great strides in improving Brazil’s game and finding a cohesive team with new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari in charge. It seems as though Scolari actually researches the game and inputs player roles unlike Mano Menezes did. However, we will review three issues many Brazilian fans are talking about. Continue reading