Thankfully the nightmare is finally over. Brazil suffered yet more humiliation on Saturday evening, this time at the hands of the Dutch in the third-place playoff.
It could and should have been so much worse. Thiago Silva should have been sent off after twp minutes, but thankfully the referee didn’t have the courage to show a red card. That would have subjected Brazil to almost an entire game of playing with only ten men, and who knows what may have happened then.
So, onwards with the steps to redemption. Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned from his position as manager. Unbelievably, in the post-match press conference he claimed he didn’t see much wrong with Brazil’s performance.
"I don't see how I can criticise my team today." he said. We played well, battled back after going behind, had chances...". All very concerning.
Worrying signs for Brazil
The whole thing put me in a thoroughly depressing mood and I am now starting to worry that Brazil may not even qualify for the next World Cup. Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador are all capable of beating Brazil on their day and all have decent team structures in place already.
The remaining sides in the CONMEBOL qualifying programme are not quite as good, but are also capable of causing upsets, particularly when they are playing at home.
Add to that the fact that there is little coming through the youth ranks in Brazil at the moment and there are very worrying signs beginning to emerge. Indeed, the Brazil U20 side finished bottom of the South American championships that act as the qualifiers for the world up.
This is unheard of and further enhances my worry that things could actually get far worse before they start getting better.
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