Brazil is to soccer as the United States is to football. Brazil is the most successful country in World Cup action, winning five titles in their illustrious history.
In a day full of international friendly action, the Brazil men’s soccer team will face off against Costa Rica at 10 p.m. ET. The South Americans are 5-0 in their career against Costa Rica, and will be looking to continue that streak on Friday.
Costa Rica will be playing its first match under new coach Jorge Luis Pinto. As Brazilian defender David Luiz said on ESPN, that could inspire some players to play out of their mind.
However, it’s going to take more than just a few guys playing well under a new coach for the Costa Ricans to take out Brazil. The South Americans have players like Ronaldinho and Dani Alves that have endless amounts of experience on the pitch.
Also suiting up at forward for the Brazilians is Neymar, a budding star. Neymar is a huge talent for the Brazilians, having joined Santos FC before he was a teenager. He was not allowed to play in the 2010 World Cup by coach Dunga, but the Brazilians have a new coach now.
Mano Menezes brought Neymar up to the senior team and he’s been sensational. He scored a goal 28 minutes into his debut against the US and has continued to be successful for Brazil at age 19.
The Brazilians admit they don’t know much about their opponents. Alvez was quoted in the same preview as Luiz about his unfamiliarity with the small country’s team.
"We know Central American football is growing, but we don't know any Costa Rica player, we have to say. We know they have good players, but honestly we don't have many details on them.''
Regardless of the players' lack of knowledge, their balance will be too much for Costa Rica to overcome.
The strong forwards and disciplined defenders of Brazil will control possession against the Costa Ricans. Even if they don’t score more than two goals, the difference in talent level will be noticeable.
The Costa Ricans' only hope is to take chances early and try to get on the board. If they are unable to score in the first 10 minutes of the game, the next 80 will drag on forever for both the players and the coaches.