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Moderate renewal, but no revolution

Moderate renewal, but no revolution

In this month’s edition of World Soccer Tim Vickery wrote that Brazil are living in the past by reappointing Carlos Dunga as their head coach. Last Tuesday, Dunga announced a relatively conservative squad for his first two friendlies in charge. Brazil’s coach may not overhaul Brazilian football, but he won’t...
Gremio: Scolari's hideout

Gremio: Scolari’s hideout

Is redemption still an option for Luiz Felipe Scolari? 7-1 and no should be the short answer, but after the humiliation in Belo Horizonte Scolari pleaded with the Brazilian media and fans not to judge him and his career in football based on those 90 minutes. Possibly Scolari is right....
The importance of Claudio Taffarel

The importance of Claudio Taffarel

Brazilian goalkeepers were never taken seriously. They were always considered to be the achilles heel in an ensemble of virtuoso football players. In short, they were a misfit. The arrival of Claudio Andre Mergen Taffarel, a name sounding right out of an opera, changed that perception. Taffarel guided Brazil to...
Why Dunga might be good for Brazil?

Why Dunga might be good for Brazil?

Yesterday, the CBF unveiled Carlos Dunga as Brazil’s new coach at a press conference. In Brazil, his appointment was received with a lot of criticism, but I tend to disagree with such criticism. Dunga has his virtues and vices. It’s not a step backward like The Guardian and FourFourTwo wrote....
Brazil's new era? Dunga 2.0

Brazil’s new era? Dunga 2.0

“What is futebol arte?” asked Dunga. His answer revealed that  it wasn’t a rhetorical question for him. “Futebol-arte is also when a keeper saves a shot or a defender steals a ball,” he said. Today, the CBF named Carlos Dunga as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s replacement at the helm of the...
Game 63: Brazil x Holland

Game 63: Brazil x Holland

Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup by Germany at the semi-final stage, but like the rousing renditions of their national anthem during this tournament, they carried on even once the music had stopped. Or rather they were forced to carry on. Going into the third place play-off, neither...
Game 63: Brazil x Holland

Game 63: Brazil x Holland

“It’s our honor and dignity that is at stake,” Thiago Silva, Brazil’s captain, said. For a fallen Brazil, pride was the biggest motivator  in its game against Holland. Louis Van Gaal and Scolari spoke among similar lines before the match: game 63, or the third place playoff, is drag. It’s...
Game 63: Brazil x Holland

Game 63: Brazil x Holland

Football fever is gripping the globe as the World Cup has kicked-off. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Fernando Caetano is up. He...
Day 14: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 14: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

At 10.40am, Brazil held its last practice session of this World Cup at its base camp in Granja Comary. The torrential rain didn’t help to disperse the sad feeling that pervaded the Brazilian camp. It’s need not to be repeated that the consolation game against Holland is not what Brazil...
Day 14: Granja Comary - Expert's view

Day 14: Granja Comary – Expert’s view

Football fever is gripping the globe as the World Cup has kicked-off. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Claudio Perrout is up. Perrout...
Day 13: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 13: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

The press center was jam-packed with journalists, as Neymar addressed the media. Possibly it was a ploy by CBF to divert the attention away form the players, who will play Holland on Saturday in Brasilia. Neymar’s recuperation is going well. “I am happy just to have the opportunity to be...
Day 13: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 13: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

And so it ends the way it began. On the penultimate day of training at Granja Comary, Brazil’s base camp, low-hanging clouds made for overcast conditions and lots of water suspended in the air. At the time, the weather gods were probably remembering the 1950 Maracanazo. Now, they seemed to...
Semi-final: Brazil x Germany

Semi-final: Brazil x Germany

7-1. Brazil is still trying to come to terms with it – or at least trying to figure out what happened against Germany in Belo Horizonte. It was an annihilation – of a kind unseen before. More importantly, it proved what some in Brazilian football circles had realized long before...
Quarterfinal: Brazil x Colombia

Quarterfinal: Brazil x Colombia

For many years, Brazil has been synonymous with the beautiful game. But tonight, Brazil played ugly – destructive, aimed at killing the play and not shy of putting in its feet. It was cynical and cowardly. More so, it was hideous to watch. Beauty is not always in the eye...
Quarterfinal: Brazil x Colombia

Quarterfinal: Brazil x Colombia

“Nobody wants to be this World Cup’s Barbosa,” said Paulo Vinicius Coelho, a respected Brazilian commentator, who works for ESPN. “Now, we run the risk of having not one Barbosa but 23. The team is a sea of nerves and anxiety.” After the 4-1 win over Cameroon, a renewed sense...
Round of Sixteen: Brazil x Chile

Round of Sixteen: Brazil x Chile

This Saturday, Brazil debuts in the knockout stages of the World Cup, when the Seleção meets Chile at the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. History favors Brazil, as the host has beaten Chile in the 1962, 1998 and 2010 World Cups and in most of the recent meetings between them. In...
Day 12: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 12: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

And so the penultimate training session ahead of Brazil’s key game against Cameroon got underway at Granja Comary at 3pm under plenty of cloud cover. Yesteday’s training was somewhat peculiar in the sense that there seemed to be little preparation for the Cameroon game. Scolari and Murtosa led a tactical...
Day 12: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 12: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Rodrigo Paiva commenced the press conference by announcing that Brazil will maintain the idea of a rest day after the game with Cameroon, if the Selecao qualifies for the round of 16. The players will be required to stay in Granja Comary, but there won’t be any training. They will...
Day 11: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 11: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

“Libera, libera,” chanted a dozen of teenage girls at the gates of Brazil’ training complex. Flavio Murtosa was putting some defenders through their paces, but he must have heard the desperate appeals. Under a lot of cloud cover, Murtosa had other things on his mind. Today’s training session focused on...
Day 11: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 11: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

No surprise today – the press conference with Marcelo and David Luiz started about 25 minutes late at Granja Comary. Rodrigo Paiva, wearing glasses, smiled. Indeed, the CBF commenced with a bit of propaganda. Rodrigo Paiva announced that this morning about 6,000 postcards and letters of fans, predominantly Brazilian fans,...
Brazil x Croatia: more worries for Scolari

Brazil x Croatia: more worries for Scolari

E ai, Felipao? E ai, Felipao? On Tuesday, Brazil failed to beat Ochoa and Mexico in its second group game, but it was the nature of the poor showing that must worry the host. Brazil played below par, somehow the host’s performance was worse than in the opener against Croatia....
Day 10: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 10: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

‘Vamos rapido, porque vamos viajar d’ aquí em pouco,” Rodrigo Paiva said to start the press conference. Indeed, Brazil is leaving its base camp at 3pm for Fortaleza, where the host will dispute its second game in the group stages against Mexico on Tuesday. Paiva informed the media that the...
Day 10: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 10: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

The incredible Hulk remains a cause of concern for Luiz Felipe Scolari and his technical staff. Today, during Brazil’s practice session, he had to leave the pitch, feeling pain in his thigh again. He took a seat on the bench pitch-side as Ramires took his place in the first XI....
Day 9: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 9: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Today Henrique and Oscar addressed the media today at Granja Conary. Henrique was the last player to make Scolari’s squad of 23. He is a fringe player, with little chance of making the first team. “We are prepared,” he said. “Felipao already spoke to me and, if need be, I...
Day 9: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 9: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Today it was back to business at Granja Comary for Scolari and his players. A jogo-treino was scheduled against Fluminense sub-20. Yesterday Fred, man of so much controversy, addressed the world in video message recorded by CBF TV, and like Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlos Alberto Perreira – in short...
Granja Comary: Day 8 - Expert's View

Granja Comary: Day 8 – Expert’s View

Football fever is gripping the globe as the World Cup has kicked-off. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Alexandre Silvestre is up. Silvestre...
Jogo Bonito: Pele, Neymar and Brazil's Beautiful Game

Jogo Bonito: Pele, Neymar and Brazil’s Beautiful Game

Jogo Bonito: Pele, Neymar and Brazil’s Beautiful Game  – by Henrik Brandao Jonsson. A book sample. ‘There’s not that much competition’ - How Brazilian Football’s number one rebel Romário became a respected politician. The security guard opens the door in the high wall topped with electrified fencing. I go in through...
Day 8: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 8: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

The first step of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s seven-steps plan has been taken, and with success. Brazil defeated Croatia yesterday at the Arena Corinthians with the aid of Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura, who awarded the host a very questionable penalty. The Brazilians didn’t mind and the players ate pizza in the...
Oscar, and Nishimura, star against Croatia

Oscar, and Nishimura, star against Croatia

“If that was a penalty, we don’t need to play football anymore,” raged Croatian coach Niko Kovac after Croatia’s 3-1 loss to host Brazil yesterday in the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the Itaquerao. This was not your traditional, dull opening game, in which the protagonists...
Day 7: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 7: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Today Jo, reserve striker for Fred, and FC Barcelona’s right-back Daniel Alves addressed the media in Granja Comary. They both are anxious for the tournament to commence. For the first time throughout Brazil’s World Cup preparation in Teresopolis, the press tent was packed to the rafters to attend the press...
Brazil edges Serbia 1-0

Brazil edges Serbia 1-0

The Paulista fans have a tendency to be very critical when watching football and they were no different when Brazil played Serbia at the Morumbi. They had suffered an entire day in the pouring rain, dealing with Sao Paulo’s traffic chaos as a metro strike paralyzed the city. But at...
Sao Paulo: Brazil vs. Serbia - Expert's View

Sao Paulo: Brazil vs. Serbia – Expert’s View

Football fever is gripping the globe with the World Cup drawing closer. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Dario Leite is up. He...
Granja Comary: Brazil's hideout

Granja Comary: Brazil’s hideout

Anticipation is building in Brazil ahead of the World Cup. Today Brazil is playing its last friendly game before the opening game against Croatia. The Selecao has been training in Granja Comary and so far the preparation has gone very smoothly, with a victory against Panama on Tuesday and no...
Day 6: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 6: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

The day before Brazil plays its last friendly against Serbia, the Brazilian media was eager to hear from Brazil’s big boss, and Scolari, in good spirit, obliged duly at a packed press center in Granja Comary. Scolari has always been considered a pragmatic coach, who values the result of a...
Fred: Brazil's attacking predicament

Fred: Brazil’s attacking predicament

We need to talk about Fred. I don’t usually spend much time dwelling on injury-plagued 30-year-olds footballers. Like the man himself, I don’t consider him all that special. But right now, Fred is what stands between the Seleçao and their sixth World Cup trophy. So we need to talk about him....
Brazil coasts past Panama

Brazil coasts past Panama

“I did not like training, I liked nothing. Everything was wrong,” Luiz Felipe Scolari said after a training session in Granja Comary earlier this week, as Brazil prepared for its friendly against Panama, Brazil’s penultimate game before the World Cup. “When I don’t like things, I have to find a...
Day 5: Granja Comary - Expert's View

Day 5: Granja Comary – Expert’s View

Football fever is gripping the globe with the World Cup drawing closer. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Mauro Naves is up. Naves...

Day 5: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Rodrigo Paiva started today’s press conference with a short message for the family of Brazilian journalist Mauricio Torres, who passed away yesterday at the age of 43 after an infection. Paiva also announced that Paulinho, Thiago Silva and Fernandinho not be traveling to Goias for the friendly against Panama. They will stay back in Granja Comary and train separately. Finally, Paiva said the players would be free this afternoon, but that Scolari insisted they ‘d lunch together. Maxwell, who plays for Paris Saint Germain, was the first to take questions. He realizes Marcelo is higher in the pecking order. “I recognize that Marcelo won his place,” Maxwell said. “Every time I had an opportunity, it was because of an injury or a try out by Scolari. It is difficult to imagine to have a chance at the World Cup, but a lot can happen and it is important to be...
Day 5: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 5: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Brazil held its second jogo-treino today at Granja Comary. The first XI for the friendly against Panama is taking shape. Brazil will play its Latin-American opponent this Tuesday at the Serra Dourada in Goias. Yesterday Scolari omitted Thiago Silva from the first team. Felipao wants to give his captain some...
Day 4: Granja Comary - Expert's View

Day 4: Granja Comary – Expert’s View

Football fever is gripping the globe with the World Cup drawing closer. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Eraldo Leite is up. Eraldo...
Day 4: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 4: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Maicon and Paulinho were the designated players today to address the media. Maicon, like most of the reserves, was questioned about his chance to make the first team. “My objective was always to continue at the Selecao,” he said. “My life has always been about fighting for a spot. I...
Day 4: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 4: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Fala serio! Luiz Felipe Scolari supervised the first jogo-treino of Brazil this morning. Scolari’s discours here at Granja Comary has been one of equilibrium. He wants to find a balance to avoid to overexposure in 2006 and the disaster at the 2010 World Cup. In relation to the media, he...
Day 3: Granja Comary - Expert's View

Day 3: Granja Comary – Expert’s View

Football fever is gripping the globe with the World Cup drawing closer. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Osiris Nadal is up. He...
Day 3: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 3: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Slowly but surely, the Brazilian team is developing a routine in Granja Comary. Two practice sessions a day and a press conference at lunch time are part of the day at the training center up in mountainous Teresopolis. On a glorious sunny morning, the goalkeepers were, as per tradition, the...
Day 3: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 3: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

David Luiz and Willian spoke to the media  late – 75 minutes to be precise. This time the Brazilian tardiness was caused by the visit of CBF big shots Jose Maria Marin, the president, and Marco Polo Del Nero, vice-president. They had arrived at lunchtime in a white helicopter to...
Day 2: Granja Comary - Expert's View

Day 2: Granja Comary – Expert’s View

Football fever is gripping the globe with the World Cup drawing closer. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Paul Loewenthal is up. He...
Day 2: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 2: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

The spirit of 1950 still seems to linger in Granja Comary, where Brazil is preparing for the World Cup. The strong mist made for a ghostly atmosphere yesterday, almost claustrophobic. At the press conferences, that Carlos Alberto Perreira, Julio Cesar and others have given, 1950 has been a predominant theme....
Day 2: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 2: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Today Marcelo and Hernanes addressed the assembled media at Granja Comary. Hernanes, who plies his trade in Italy, believes he can still win a spot in the first eleven. The sun was out, but it didn’t stop the Brazilians from being late. The duo was supposed to talk to the...
Day 1: Granja Comary - Expert's View

Day 1: Granja Comary – Expert’s View

Football fever is gripping the globe with the World Cup drawing closer. Before and during the World Cup, selecao-brasileira.org will talk to seasoned journalists to preview the World Cup, to discuss Brazil’s chance of winning it and to analyze the action on the field. Today Henrik Brandao Jonsson is up....
Day 1: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 1: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

After a long press conference with doctor Jose Luiz Runco and physical coach Paulo Paixao at lunchtime, the Brazilian team returned to the practice field in the afternoon to conclude the day at Granja Comary. Rain was omnipresent today and Scolari visibly gave Brazil a lightweight session. Early morning, there...
Day 1: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 1: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

Brazil is trying to prepare meticulously for the World Cup finals – physically, tactically, technically, etc. – but, on the face of things, Brazilians will never be good at keeping time. Brazil’s first practice, scheduled for 9.30am, apparently  started late this morning. Doctor Jose Luiz Runco and physical coach Paulo...
Day 1: Granja Comary - Rumo ao Hexa

Day 1: Granja Comary – Rumo ao Hexa

On Monday, Brazil arrived in Granja Comary, Teresopolis, to start its preparation for the World Cup in earnest. Police vehicles escorted the team bus to the hilly training camp. Protesters did greet the team, voicing their dissatisfaction about Brazil hosting the World Cup. Yesterday, Marcelo joined up with the rest...
Scolari's final 23

Scolari’s final 23

Yesterday Luiz Felipe Scolari revealed his list of 23 players for the FIFA World Cup. Big Phil had anticipated most of the names and so there were few surprises. There was a sentiment of relative calm among fans and media. This was not a fiercely debated call up. The full-backs...
The final 23: no surprises from Scolari

The final 23: no surprises from Scolari

Today Brazil’s national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari announced the Seleção’s squad for the FIFA World Cup. There were few surprises. The squad is somewhat similar to the one that won the Confederations Cup, with 16 players that won that competition last year. The 2014 squad is also the first...
The final 23: who will Scolari pick?

The final 23: who will Scolari pick?

On June 12th, in the opening game of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil’s starting formation should read as follows – Julio Cesar, Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred. Last year, Scolari used the FIFA Confederations Cup as a lab to forge a...
Brazil's key duo: Murtosa and Scolari

Brazil’s key duo: Murtosa and Scolari

It’s impossible to understand why Brazil won the 2002 World Cup without explaining the relationship between coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and Flavio Murtosa.  Scolari is not a master tactician. He can unite players and that makes his squads thrive. Murtosa, his number two, is living proof of that. “Just by...
Granja Comary: a new home

Granja Comary: a new home

About 91 kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro lies Teresopolis, a wealthy mountainous city, where the CBF has its training centre in the neighborhood of Granja Comary.  As you drive up to Granja Comary, you pass the Dedo de Deus, a peculiar rocky shape that serves as Teresopolis’ postcard image. The...
1950: the ultimate defeat

1950: the ultimate defeat

It was dubbed as Brazil’s “Hiroshima”, a coinage by Nelson Rodrigues that is difficult to grasp unless you are Brazilian yourself. But the Seleção’s loss to Uruguay at the 1950 World Cup left its own train of destruction. To stage a grand celebration of football, Brazil had built the biggest...
Hideraldo Bellini, 1930-2014

Hideraldo Bellini, 1930-2014

Hideraldo Luiz Bellini immortalized the gesture of lifting the World Cup when king Gustaf VI Adolf  handed him the Jules Rimet trophy after Brazil defeated hosts Sweden 5-2 in the 1958 World Cup final.  For Brazilians, it consecrated a historical moment as the Seleção for the first time in history emerged...
Neymar leads Brazil to rout against South Africa

Neymar leads Brazil to rout against South Africa

If Bafana Bafana were supposed to represent the African school of football, Luiz Felipe Scolari won’t be worried about Brazil’s encounter with Cameroon at the FIFA World Cup finals. South Africa, ranked 64th in the world, never really showed up; for Brazil it turned out to be another routine victory. ...
South Africa vs. Brazil preview

South Africa vs. Brazil preview

Brazil’s last official friendly before the most important tournament in the team’s history, will take place at the home of the last World Cup final – Soccer City Johannesburg, South Africa. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad selection threw up fewer surprises than expected, but two 28-year-olds who were previously out of the...
Brazil's road to glory: a question of solidity?

Brazil’s road to glory: a question of solidity?

The FIFA Confederations Cup is primarily designed to get the World Cup host country up to speed logistically 12 months before the real thing – but amongst protests that overshadowed the tournament and raised serious questions about Brazilians’ desire for the World Cup, it served as much better preparation for...
Scolari picks Fernandinho, leaves out Kaka

Scolari picks Fernandinho, leaves out Kaka

When Brazil won its fifth World Cup in the Far East back in 2002, Luiz Felipe Scolari made some surprise additions to his squad at a late stage before the tournament. Gilberto Silva and Anderson Polga made the final cut from virtually out of nowhere.  Fast forward to the present...
1938: the Rubber Man

1938: the Rubber Man

For the Seleção, the 1938 World Cup in France was a watershed moment. It was Brazil’s third appearance at the championship, but the first time without any signs of division or infighting within the camp. Five years before they arrived in France, domestic football had turned professional in Brazil. For...
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Can Brazil win the World Cup?

Can Brazil win the World Cup?

With exactly 100 days left until Brazil and Croatia kick-off the 2014 FIFA World Cup, anticipation and excitement around the tournament are building. More than two million tickets have already been allocated to fans, and slowly, despite the many hiccups, stadiums across Brazil are being completed. Even Rio’s international airport, Galeão, is receiving a fresh...
1934: an Italian fiasco

1934: an Italian fiasco

Brazil didn’t learn from its mistakes at the 1930 World Cup. Four years later, the Seleção played its shortest, and possibly worst, campaign in World Cup history. They took to the field with a depleted squad, another dispute between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo hobbling the team. Swift elimination in the first round followed. For the...
1930: a Carioca-Paulista rift

1930: a Carioca-Paulista rift

It was 1930, the year of the first World Cup. Football in Brazil reflected the political disputes of the time. Clubs were like political parties, promoting local interests, and hardly ever transgressed state boundaries. There was no national league and the directors of the local football federations were fighting with each other. The domestic squabbles...
2014: Brazil's football fantasy?

2014: Brazil’s football fantasy?

Fabio Capello, the stoical Italian coach of Russia, told FIFA.com that Brazil is a football fantasy. He expressed his hope for fantasy and beautiful football. It’s been 64 years since Brazil last hosted the FIFA World Cup, and at the time there was quite some fantasy football on display, but the tournament outcome forever left a scar...
2013: the rise of the Scolari family

2013: the rise of the Scolari family

A few weeks ago Brazil’s coaching staff spoke to a conference of coaches in Rio. Boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, faithful assistant Murtosa and co-ordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira radiated such confidence that anyone able to bottle and sell it would be guaranteed a fortune. Scolari has already announced that his team will win the 2014 World Cup. ...
2013: the Confederations Cup trap

2013: the Confederations Cup trap

Brazil impressed at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and went on to win it for a third consecutive time. The Seleção coasted past Japan, Mexico and Italy in the group stages before edging a feisty encounter with rivals Uruguay in the second half of its semi-final. Against Spain, in the final, Brazil left no doubt about its status as one...
2013: Scolari and the Confederations Cup conundrum

2013: Scolari and the Confederations Cup conundrum

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was a big turning point for Brazil. Not only because they won it, but for the first time in a long time they appeared to have some structure to the side, rather than looking like a work in progress. At international level there is minimal time to test out plans for...
2013: the demise of Ronaldinho

2013: the demise of Ronaldinho

It has been quite a year for Brazil and the Seleção Brasileira. The South American giant experienced huge demonstrations as more than one million people took to the streets in protests, and the national team galvanized the FIFA Confederations Cup with a spirited campaign as if saying ‘We are the voice of our people on the football pitch.’ Luiz Felipe Scolari’s greatest...
Julio Cesar and Brazil's question of goalkeepers

Julio Cesar and Brazil’s question of goalkeepers

One might say that Brazil is suffering from a lack of really good goalkeepers at this moment and therefore Scolari’s nearly blind vote of confidence in Julio Cesar  may not be that odd. Julio Cesar refused a number of offers from decent European clubs to stay at QPR where his salary is rather considerable, but he...
Granja Comary: physical preparation and control

Granja Comary: physical preparation and control

The days that Brazil fielded Didi and Garrincha or Gerson and Jairzinho, and danced its way through the World Cup are long gone, if they ever existed at all. Brazil has indeed always been a side that thoroughly prepared its players for FIFA’s showcase event, and probably has enjoyed the most success as a consequence of it. Brazil virtually won the 1970 FIFA World Cup by...
Scolari at Footecon: "Our target is to win the World Cup."

Scolari at Footecon: “Our target is to win the World Cup.”

It’s that time of the year when the Brazilian football season is winding down. After all the drama of this weekend’s Brasileirão, the Brazilian domestic scene will go into hibernation, but not before Carlos Alberto Parreira  had organized his annual Footecon conference: a gathering of the beau monde of Brazilian football. They padded each other on...
Scolari content with group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Scolari content with group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

There was a mixture of relief and caution visible on the faces of Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlos Alberto Parreira and Flavio Murtosa as the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup came to a conclusion. Brazil avoided ending up, with a tired cliché, in a group of death, but at the same time were not handed...