I questioned whether Brazil were good enough to win the World Cup a fortnight ago but nobody could have seen what was to come.
In a semi-final match where Brazil were thought to be slight favourites the hosts were blown away by a brilliant German side that thrashed then 7-1.
In the annals of Brazilian football this defeat will go down as the darkest day since the 1950 World Cup final when Uruguay beat them 2-1 in the Maracana.
After that defeat Brazil football underwent a complete revolution.
Brazil must learn from past lessons
Brazil must now relearn the lessons of 1950.
After 1950 Brazil built themselves into a footballing power house that put the beautiful into the the beautiful game.
Brazil played attacking football that lit up the World winning the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 as they produced players like Pele.
Then came the 1982 side. The side that contained Zico, Socrates, Falcao. The side that was perhaps the greatest side to never win the World Cup.
It was also the most “Brazilian” side to ever play at a World Cup. The attacking was brilliant. The ball was stroked around the pitch at ease. The 1982 side scored 15 goals in that competition scoring four goals on two separate occasions and beating Argentina 3-1 in the second round.
The only problem was that the 1982 Brazil couldn't defend for toffee. They lost 3-2 to Italy and that memorable Paolo Rossi hat-trick dumped them out of the tournament.
Pendulum has swung too far
From that moment on the Brazilian football teams became more and more orthodox and European in their method of play. The Brazilians learnt to defend and started to work
hard off the ball. This is all great it led to Brazil winning the World Cup in 1994 and 2002 but in the 2014 side we can see that the pendulum has swung to far.
This 2014 Brazilian squad contains the likes of Fred, Hulk, Ramires, Jo and Paulinho. All decent players that work hard but they would never had gotten into Brazilian squad
that tried to play football the “Brazilian” way.
As a result the 2014 Brazilian side was unrecognisable from Brazilian sides of old. Spurred on by vociferous home support Brazil limped through most of the tournament.
In the group stages Brazil were lucky against Croatia and poor against Mexico. Then in the knockout stages Brazil proceeded to kick Chile and Colombia off the park rather than outplay them.
Brazil need to entertain again
It was all a far cry from the way it should have been. Brazil sides are meant not just to win but to entertain. Instead Brazil have adopted the mantra of Germans or Italians of the 1970s and 1980s i.e. win at any costs.
As 2014 has shown though this doesn't work for Brazil.
Brazil need to relearn the lessons of 1950. They need to re-embrace attacking football. Only once they do will Brazil be back where they belong.
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