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It feels like one of those times when you have to say "I told you so." This mistake was obviously done before the World Cup started but ended being crucial in Brazil’s World Cup campaign.
Scolari decided not to call up talented players who could have changed Brazil's face on top. Some of those players had proven their value with the Selecao in the past.
Back then, the two names that mostly came into mind of all football fans were Kaka and Ronaldinho.
Neither is in their prime, but they aren't done either. What makes the decision even harder to understand is that they are not players who would have broken the group's harmony.
Both had good relationships with the current Brazilian squad. Ronaldinho played with them in 2011 when Mano Menezes was in charge, and Kaka was even greeted as a legend by Neymar and Co. before the match against Croatia in Sao Paulo.
Ronaldinho came back to play in Brazil and led Atletico Mineiro to win one of the most difficult club tournaments in the world—the Copa Libertadores in 2013.
Mineiro, orchestrated by Ronaldinho, was so impressive that Scolari included players from the 2013 Mineiro such as Jo and Bernard on the final roster. And, surprisingly, he decided to leave out the Mineiro star, a player who had been included by Scolari in 2002.
Kaka spent much of the last few years on the bench for Real Madrid, but once he was back in Milan, he showed traces of the great player he once was. Kaka is also a very well-known player by Scolari; he took Kaka to Korea-Japan 2002.
If Felipao didn’t want to rely on heroes from the past, he could at least have tried with Brazilian players who deserved a chance. Coutinho was impressive with Liverpool and it is still a wonder how Scolari thought there were 23 players better than him for the final roster.
It is also very hard to believe there is no better center-forward than Fred somewhere in the Brazilian player pool.
That is when Diego Costa comes to mind.
Scolari could have given Costa a chance to be a part of the group back in the summer of 2013 during the Confederations Cup. He decided not to and Costa decided to play for Spain. Back then, Scolari made harsh remarks about Costa’s decision, but Felipao himself had been responsible for pushing the Atletico Madrid forward to make his move.
The roster issues were not only for the lack of quality options up front but also in the back. Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis and Joao Miranda would have been better alternatives for Marcelo's poor performance and for Thiago Silva's suspension.