Go back to any World Cup in the era of television and you will find that Brazil were amongst the favourites to win the entire tournament.
There is good reason for this of course. Brazil are a perennially competitive footballing nation. They have never missed a World Cup. They are five time winners which makes
them the most successful team in World Cup history. They have also been beaten finalists on two other occasions in 1950 and 1998.
Brazil not worthy favourites
This history and the fact that they are hosts, has made Brazil favourites to lift the trophy in 2014. Look at Brazil's squad and performances though, and you can see that the tag of favourite is far from deserved.
Up front Brazil have to choose from Hulk, Neymar, Fred and Jo. Neymar is of course brilliant, but Hulk and Fred are average players in poor form and I can't imagine another
Brazilian World Cup squad that ex-Manchester City flop Jo would make.
Whilst in midfield the squad is full of functional but unspectacular players like Tottenham Hotspurs' Paulinho.
Now the make up of the squad is in many ways irrelevant. What matters is the perfromance of the team on the pitch. At this point you can point out that Brazil qualified from Group A easily enough, however, they were far from convincing in doing so.
In the opening game against Croatia the host nation were incredibly fortunate to run out 3-1 winners. They deservedly went a goal behind to a Dani Alves own goal, should have
had golden boy Neymar sent off for hitting Luka Modric in the face and got given a ridiculously soft penalty.
In the second game against Mexico. Brazil were completely nullified by a well drilled El Tri side. The acid test for Brazil should have been the final group game against Cameroon.
This was a side who almost didn't show up due to a dispute over win bonuses and whose players (Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Benjamin Moukandjo) engaged in an on pitch post
match brawl after losing to Croatia.
With the crowd behind them Brazil had everything in their favour to deliver a performance worthy of 'Samba Football'. The product on the pitch however, didn't live up to the hype.
Although they ran out 4-1 winners on the night the first half performance against Cameroon exposed the limitations of this Brazil team.
Joel Matip's goal acted as another reminder that Dani Alves cannot be trusted in defence whilst Thiago Silva was very lucky not to score an own goal.
Neymar to the rescue
Eventually, Brazil were rescued by Neymar who twice gave his nation the lead on 17 and 34 minutes. The problem for Brazil though is that they are looking more and more like
a one player team. Neymar may be great but his supporting cast of 10 isn't
Brazil face Chile in the second round. This is a team who completely outplayed the reigning World Champions and knocked them out of the tournament. Unless Brazil show some quality that has so far been lacking it is easy to see Chile spoiling Brazil's World Cup carnival.
Simply put, Brazil aren't good enough to win the World Cup.
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