A bit of Brazilian talk
March 25, 2013 Leave a comment
A bit of Brazilian talk
“It’s just like watching Brazil, just like watching Brazil” – have the connotations associated with this chant changed over the years?
We feel that this young Brazilian national team has come under very harsh criticism as of late and we want to offer up some rational for the recent non-Brazilian performances.
Brazil are renowned for being the most successful footballing nation in the FIFA World Cup, with five championships. Brazil have been the best for a while, but in the last two World Cups, in Germany and South Africa they have finished 5th and 6th respectively, somewhat under-performing after finishing 1st, 2nd and 1st again in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups. Spain have now seemingly taken over as the best team in the world after winning the World Cup and the Euros back to back.
The next 2014 World Cup is going to be held in Rio, Brazil and will offer a fantastic opportunity for Brazil to get back to winning ways. Brazil will be looking to win it this time as the last (and only) time the World Cup was held in Brazil (1950) the hosts finished unlucky runners up to Uruguay, losing 2-1 in an eventful final.
The last few years has seen the Brazilian national team undergo a huge transformation with the iconic Brazilian superstars retiring from the international stage. It was always going to be a difficult process, but Brazil now have an excellent up and coming team with some fantastic young players breaking into the first team. Neymar (21), Pato (23), Oscar (21), Lucas Moura (20) are four of the most exciting young players to have broken through to the first team. Each of these players has shown the world what they can do with their domestic sides, with three of them (Pato, Oscar & Lucas) securing big money moves to some of the biggest teams in Europe; AC Milan, Chelsea and PSG respectively. It also seems only a matter of time before Neymar makes his move to a top European team, with Barcelona rumoured to be favourites to sign the hot prospect. Although these young players have been firing on all cylinders domestically, it has taken time for them to adjust to the international stage. Without the motivation of playing in many competitive matches, especially in the last two years, we have not seen what Brazil are really capable of.
However, with the conjunction of promising young players and more experienced players the Brazilian team may once again come good. There are numerous Brazilian players who are reaching the peak of their career at the moment; Hulk (26), Alves (29) Luiz (25) Hernanes (27) are just some of the more experienced members of the Brazilian national team who are playing well at the moment..and these are all still relatively young.
In the last few years the Brazilian national team definitely has a new look to it off the field, but we feel come the 2014 World Cup it will be back to the Brazil of old on the pitch. Brazil have shown signs of their quality of old in the last few years and despite their evident defensive frailties, they look exceptional going forward and they are only going to get better. This is without doubt a work in progress and as the team bond together through playing matches they are certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Watch this space – the Brazilian’s are coming.