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What was supposed to be the tournament to close the wound from 1950 ended in another nightmare. Luiz Felipe Scolari relied on a squad with limited quality and his own defensive and motivational skills to take Brazil to the Hexa (sixth championship); he failed miserably.
Things didn’t go as planned from the beginning. Brazil were first in their group but left many doubts in their football performances after beating Croatia and Cameroon and a draw against Mexico.
In the round of 16 things didn’t change much and thanks to the crossbar and Julio Cesar, Brazil continued to advance. The Selecao defeated Colombia in the quarter-finals but at the high cost of losing its main star and its captain—Neymar and Thiago Silva respectively—for the sem-ifinal.
There, Brazil were humiliated by Germany, who demolished the Selecao 7-1. Mentally destroyed, Scolari’s squad still had to face the Netherlands for third place, and lost again. But even if they had won against the Netherlands, nothing could save what happened against the Germans.
Brazil achieved many negative records with the last two defeats, but still made it to the top four of the world. The campaign as a whole wasn’t unsuccessful.
For now, this Selecao will be deemed as the worst, talent and football quality-wise, but it is not the worst place wise. Making it to the semi-finals for any other team would have been a success. And the fact that this team with less talent than Brazil had in 2006 and 2010 and made it further has its own merit.
The problem for this Brazil is the shameful way in which it was eliminated, a wound that won’t be able to be closed just like the “Maracanazo” one from 64 years ago. Brazil will have to learn to live with the wound as it did after Brazil 1950.