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Brazil 2014 may be the worst team in history

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The shock of Tuesday's night game in Belo Horizonte is still strong in the memories of everyone who witnessed it, but should we all be that surprised? Was such a damaging defeat always going to happen?

Before the tournament even began, there was unprecedented amount of pressure on the host nation from their exuberant array of supporters. However were their expectations far too exaggerated, with Brazil team never being good enough?

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Team ethic

There is no question that the current crop of Brazilian players are very talented and they show this with their clubs, but on an international level their team togetherness on the pitch never seemed to be quite there, despite their passionate national anthem singing. 

Although, they done well to reach the semi-final, knocking out the impressive Chile and Colombia along the way, all of their games involved incredible amounts of luck, with teams exploiting their open tactics.

Against Germany, all of their weaknesses were categorically and embarrassingly punished as Joachim Löw's men dismantled their dream of winning the World Cup on home soil, very quickly and with extreme ease.

The German attack barely seemed to break sweat as they coolly and clinically scored four goals in only six minutes to lead 5-0 after half an hour, breaking millions of Brazilian fans' hearts in the process. 

The underlying difference between the two teams came down to poor tactics but more importantly, team ethic. The unity and understanding that every single German player had with one another enabled them to pass through their opposition like it was a standard training session. 

Neymar and Silva

Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was reliant on the skill and flare of individuals, rather than installing the team values that were so desperately needed against their quality opposition.

Golden boy Neymar was all anyone was talking about at the World Cup, as he seemed to be taking the weight of his countries dreams in his stride, scoring four goals which effectively saw him carry his team through their group.

Their other key asset, captain Thiago Silva was also a major influence in the side, not just for his defensive capabilities but for his leadership and organisation, which was clearly missing against Germany.

The absence of both star players did play a big factor as Brazil looked lost in the wilderness in defence and failed to create little opportunity up front, however it was not the fundamental reason behind the heavy defeat.

Worst in history

When you look back at all of the incredible Brazilian sides that have graced the World Cup, you have to put this current team in the bracket of the worst ever. 

The fluent and breath-taking style of play enforced by the likes of Pele, Carlos Alberto, Romario, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Cafu and Ronaldo - to name just a few - seemed like a distant fairytale from what this current bunch displayed. 

To see this great footballing country be on the receiving end of a 7-1 defeat is something that nobody could ever of imagined, let alone their fans, and the manner in which they lost left the world in complete bewilderment.

There must now be some serious re-construction to this squad if they are to prove their doubters wrong and re-establish themselves for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

 

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