World Cup 2010: Brazil Lost Because They Didn't Play Their Beautiful Game

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World Cup 2010: Brazil Lost Because They Didn't Play Their Beautiful Game
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No matter how loudly this is said by however many people, I still don't think that the unthinking masses of football supporters around the world will understand.

The Dutch beating Brazil was not an upset. IT WAS NOT AN UPSET!

Brazil comes into the World Cup every four years as the "favorite" to win it all, because they always have some pieces that look very intriguing on paper. But in reality, for a team to be successful at such a high level, there are a few things the teams must have that the Brazilians never seem to have. This often leads to their downfall.

Chemistry is important in the sense that these players, who are supposedly a team, need to know each other's tendencies and to have mutual respect and understanding for each other's games.

That is to say, the toll of these players all playing in the top flight of European football will be noticeable.

How can Dani Alves and Kaka understand each other's situations and acts when one plays for Barcelona and the other for Real Madrid?

These men make their money by competing against each other in the most important and most intense club rivalry in the world.

Then once every four years and during the continental qualifiers, they need to be tight, connected teammates.

Call me cynical, but I don't believe that can be done. There is too much baggage there for them to be real teammates.

Also although Dunga tried his best, it is also impossible to appease the egos of these supposed superstars. They all want the ball, they all need it, and the ball needs to spread out for the team to win.

Gilberto Silva and Maicon tried to do their best as delegators and distributors in every facet of the game—counterattack, attack, around the box, and set pieces—to give the ball to everybody.

But it is nearly impossible to keep so many quality strikers satisfied.

Tactically and technically, there also seemed to be an uncharacteristic rigidity to the Brazilians when their backs were up against the wall. North Korea, with its "11 players behind the ball" brand of football, was able to give Brazil a scare.

The supposedly vaunted Brazilian attack was only able to score one goal against Portugal and the Netherlands.

Both defenses were organized, composed, and able to deal with the Brazilian effort in a very concerted manner.

It became quite obvious that Brazil was so dependent on Michel Bastos and Maicon to initiate the attack from the defensive backfield and on the flanks that it became easy to load up on Robinho, Luis Fabiano, and Kaka.

They got their goals in games against the Ivory Coast and Chile, both teams that were willing to attack and left themselves vulnerable to Brazilian counterattack and the pace of Robinho at center forward.

Portugal, North Korea, and the Netherlands were able to stifle the Brazilian attack by doing nothing more than playing negative, boring, and careful football.

That is the striking difference between this Brazil side compared to the legendary ones. They were not able to break down their opponents' heavy defenses. The game lacked some of that famed Brazilian flair, creativity, swing, and jinga.

Dunga tried his best to make the team boring and proficient instead of beautiful and exciting, which will be a bold choice that is going to end up costing him his job.

Brazil needs to regain the form and style of Pele, Zico, Garrincha, and Romario. The Canarinho wins by being pretty.

You can't deny a team its nature; after all, a canary needs to fly to survive.

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