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Dunga's Exclusion of Ronaldinho and Adriano Reasons For Brazil's Failure

BEIJING - AUGUST 23:  Diego Maradona of Argentina kisses the hand of Ronaldinho of Brazil during the medal ceremony for the Men's Football at the National Stadium on Day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 23, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Carlos G GironContributor IIIJuly 2, 2010

Brazil lost to the Netherlands in an ugly match where only Robinho’s brilliant goal provided a spark of joy to lovers of the beautiful game.  One defensive mistake and a header was enough for the Netherlands to beat a talent depleted Brazilian squad.

When Brazilian coach Dunga decided to leave out of the national team some of Brazil ’s most talented and gifted players, such as Ronaldinho, Adriano and Diego, Dunga renounced the essence of what Brazilian soccer is.

He paid the ultimate price. Brazil was bitterly eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Where were Ronaldinho, Adriano, Diego, Alexandre Pato, Marcelo, Alex and Thiago Motta?

How can Brazil be expected to win when Dunga decides to leave most of Brazil's most naturally talented players off the squad ?

The team is more effective defensively, and there is more order and discipline say the Dunga supporters. Perhaps. But, when the game is on the line, when the moment of truth arrives, it is the talent, creativity and personality that makes the difference.

One good element to acknowledge and praise Dunga about is the solid Brazilian defense led by Lucio, Maicon, Gilberto Silva, Juan and Julio Cesar in front of the goal. In the Holland match, the defense made some rare mistakes.

Yes defense and discipline are important, but talent, creativity, and personality win games and win World Cups.

What a shame to see Brazil be eliminated from the World Cup without its best players on the field. It is one thing to lose with your best team. It is quite another thing to fail when your best talent is home watching the games on television.

Any coach that would leave Ronaldinho, Adriano, Diego, Alexandre Pato, Marcelo, Alex and Thiago Motta out of the national team would be considered insane. It really was insane for Dunga to do that.

Brazil ’s failure is Dunga’s failure. He is solely responsible.

Argentina's coach Diego Armando Maradona knows that, yes, you need a solid defense, and yes, you need discipline and order, but he knows all too well that, ultimately, it is raw talent, inventiveness, personality and presence that makes the difference. Maradona brought in ALL the most talented Argentinean players for his team, and that is why his team is poised to win the Cup. 

Dunga should have done the same.

 

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