Jul 252014
 
Anderson Talisca - From Bahia to Benfica

Young Brazilian attacker Anderson Talisca recently completed a £3.2m move to Benfica, after a string of impressive performances at Bahia saw him become one of the most eye catching players in the Brazilian league. Talisca was born in the city of Feira de Santana, Bahia, 70 miles from state capital Salvador where he would eventually begin his football career. He joined Esporte Club Bahia as a youth player in 2009 and has progressed through the ranks, becoming one of the best players in the first team prior to his move [...]

Jul 132014
 
From Hope to Hapless - Brazil's Belo Horizonte Nightmare

A first hand account of Brazil’s nightmare semi-final versus Germany, by Samindra Kunti at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. ‘Campeao voltou,” they sang. Brazil’s fans turned the Mineirao, a bowl-like stadium, into a sea of yellow. They had sung the same song at the same stadium against Chile. Then, the bar and Julio Cesar saved them, but this time around there was no saving a feeble Brazil. Germany smothered any of Brazil’s hopes, and July 8 became a historic date. Before the kick-off the fans belted out Brazil’s national anthem acapela, [...]

Jul 082014
 
Brazil 1 - Germany 7 (seven) - Be Careful Who You Blame

Where do you start? You could discuss everything from Scolari’s selection decisions, Neymar’s absence, Thiago Silva’s absence, or Fred’s absence. You could unfairly comment on Júlio César, who was once third choice at QPR and isn’t even the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer where he now plays his club football. David Luiz’s irresponsibility as captain, wandering, carelessness, and non-existent defensive awareness. You could use this picture of the Brazil players’ average positions to back it up: Dante isn’t Miranda, Dedé, Marquinhos, Dória, or Réver. Fred isn’t any good, and [...]

Jul 072014
 
Why Brazil Need 4 Replacements Ahead of Germany Semi Final

Neymar’s absence from the rest of the World Cup has turned into a national crisis. Even Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff chimed in with this message for the main man, in what a cynic might see as a political move to get fans onside ahead of October’s elections… The worrying thing is that no one seems to have a confident answer when asked about the team without Neymar. Even more worrying is the prospect of playing the match versus the stubborn but intelligent Germanness of Germany, without one of the best [...]

Jul 052014
 
Brazil Taste Own Medicine as Neymar Exits World Cup

There’s a catchy song doing the rounds on Brazilian TV which has a chorus – “Mostra tua força Brasil” – which translates as “show your strength, Brazil”. During last night’s game, they might have taken this show of strength too far for their own good. The Seleção’s quarter-final against Colombia will be remembered as the match which saw Neymar’s World Cup come to an end. The much talked about “poster-boy” of Brazil suffered a knee to the back from Juan Zuniga which ended his game and his tournament, as Brazil [...]

Jun 272014
 
Brazil Top Group A With Hints of Plan B

Brazil secured the top spot in group A after duly disposing of a Cameroon side who exited the tournament without a single point. The Seleção weren’t entirely convincing as they advanced to the knock-out stages, but progression is the only aim at this stage and the host nation are an intriguing, entertaining prospect heading towards the business end. The starting eleven which was widely predicted before the start of the tournament has been Luiz Felipe Scolari’s mainstay, but he’s been tinkering with it, as well as playing most of his tactical cards [...]

Jun 032014
 
The Future Brazil Stars Who Triumphed in Toulon 2014

Brazil’s youth side claimed the Toulon Tournament title for the second year in a row, after a string of impressive displays culminated in a 5-2 win against France in the final. The French side brought the best out of this promising generation of Brazilians, who boast an array of talent all the way from goalkeeper to centre forward. We already know Marquinhos is destined for great things, and Dória of Botafogo has been written about many times by many people, including on here! So here’s a look at some of [...]

May 092014
 
Brazil Squad Announced for 2014 Toulon Tournament

Coach Alexandre Gallo has announced his squad of U21 players for the 2014 Toulon Tournament. Brazil will defend the title they won in 2013 after stand-out performances from players such as Grêmio’s Yuri Mamute and Vinicius Araujo then of Cruzeiro but now on the books at Valencia. The 2014 squad contains two stand-out centre backs in the shape of Botafogo’s Dória, and Marquinhos of PSG who many thought would have made Brazil’s World Cup squad. Elsewhere the squad boasts two excellent full backs; Auro of São Paulo on the right, and Wendell from Grêmio [...]

Apr 192014
 
Brasileirão 2014 - Brazilian Série A League Preview

The 2014 Brasileirão season will be broken into two parts, thanks to the mid-season break for the World Cup. The season starts on April 19th, breaking from June 2nd to July 14th, and will come to a close on December 6th. Here’s a look at all the participants, including their aims and players to look out for. We begin, perhaps unfashionably, with a look at the clubs in the north east of Brazil, written by The Independent’s Brazilian football writer, James Young. Whilst wishing it could be otherwise, given the financial challenges faced [...]

Apr 192014
 
Fluminense 2014 Brasileirão Season Preview

If it wasn’t for the fact that either Flamengo or Portuguesa fielded ineligible players in final round of last season, then Rio giants Fluminense would be playing in the second tier of Brazilian football this year. At the end of last December, Brazil’s Superior Court of Sporting Justice ruled by unanimous vote that both Flamengo and Portuguesa were to be docked four points as punishment, which resulted in the latter falling into the relegation positions, and Flu being the side who leaped up into safety. The whole episode has led [...]