Brazil will be looking to reclaim some semblance of pride when they face the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday in Brasilia.
In truth, nothing can make up for their humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals, but a win over the Dutch will at least give their fans something to cheer about.
The Netherlands should provide staunch opposition, but as ever on such an occasion, with the real prize lost, there is very little to play for.
However, it is a third-place playoff between two of the World Cup's most storied competitors and should provide an intriguing appetiser for Sunday's main event between Argentina and Germany.
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Date: Saturday, July 12
Time: 9 p.m. BST, 4 p.m. ET
TV Info: Live on ITV (UK) and ESPN (US)
Silva and Neymar Return
The absence of skipper Thiago Silva and star man Neymar was touted by many as a significant reason for the Selecao's semi-final drubbing.
They will both be present in Brasilia, with Silva returning from suspension and the injured Neymar watching from the stands.
Who will win Saturday's third place playoff?
Ruled out of the Germany game with a fractured vertebrae suffered during the quarter-final victory against Colombia, the Barcelona star will be with the team on Saturday, as confirmed by Brazil football federation spokesman Rodrigo Paiva per Agence France-Presse via NDTV:
"Neymar will come here (to Brazil's World Cup base), he's going to accompany the team to Saturday's match."
Silva is available again after his suspension for picking up two yellow cards in the tournament. One of the many extraordinary features of Brazil's semi-final defeat was their horrendous vulnerability in defence, and the captain's return will be vital to putting that right.
The match in the capital could well be coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's last in charge, with the likes of Brazil legend Zico calling for change, per Luke Norman on ABC News:
"We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too. But we need to choose new people with new thoughts about how to play the Brazilian way."
Though merely ceremonial in many ways, the former Chelsea boss will no doubt want to go out with a win.
Van Gaal Blast
As far as Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is concerned, Saturday's match should not be being played.
The future Manchester United boss was highly critical of the need for the third-place playoff after his side's defeat to Argentina on penalties, per BBC Sport:
This match should never be played. I've been saying that for 10 years; it's unfair. There is only one award that counts and that is becoming world champions. The worst thing is that there is a chance you are going to lose twice in a row. And in a tournament in which you have played so marvellously well you go home as a loser. This has got nothing to do whatsoever with sport, not in my view.
Indeed, unlike Brazil, the Netherlands have little to play for, not even pride. They've already proved many doubters wrong by going deep into a tournament few expected them to do well in, per Dutch football writer Elko Born:
People didn't give Holland a chance but their squad rose above themselves. They reached the semi-final and thrashed Spain along the way.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) July 9, 2014
Thus, whether the Dutch side will be at full strength or whether they will take it even remotely seriously remains to be seen.
However, it is not often that a team can play a World Cup game in Brazil against the hosts, and the Netherlands players will—as Van Gaal points out—likely be desperate not to lose back-to-back games after a successful tournament.
Another Brazil loss would be the final ignominy for a host team that has not truly sparkled during their World Cup and were dumped out in the most unceremonious of fashions.
The players will take some time to recover from their Germany humbling, but victory over the Netherlands would be a good way to begin the process.
It should be the Selecao who provide the entertainment factor on Saturday as they play for pride, but truly, the rest of the world awaits Sunday's tournament-closer.