The remarkable loss of talent in Brazil
Brazil suffered the biggest defeat in its history against Germany. The 1-7 fitted by those of Scolari, leaves a mark that will take many decades and generations to be forgotten. The truth is that despite reaching the semifinals, the Brazilian team did not convince in any of the games they played until reaching the penultimate match of the World Cup. Historically known as a country full of talented soccer players, Brazilians seem to have lost their magic and migrated to a more direct football, physical, typical of other colder countries.
You just had to look at Scolari's list for Brazil 2014 to realize that something is wrong. Without going very far in time, a few decades, Brazil had us used to world-class forwards like Romario, Bebeto or the Ronaldo phenomenon. At the World Cup held in Brazil, Scolari, stood with two forwards like Jo and Fred whose level, far from that of a top level player. Both of them, they play in Brazil and had an unsuccessful step in England and France.
With only one goal scored, Fred, is the worst striker of the Brazilian team in the history of a World Cup, so if the willful but not very talented forward, does not fix it in the match for third and fourth place. Jo for her part, has disputed the minutes of the garbage. Only the Hulk seems to have a level in Brazil's attack and is not at all reminiscent of the profile of his predecessors.
If we talk about other lines, we can travel further in time and remember players like Pelé, Charles Albert, Garrincha, Jairzinho going through the Socrates, Zico, Falcao and Toninho Cerezo until they reach the Rivaldos, Kaka, Ronaldinho and company. Viewing Scolari's list, we find defensive players, very strong physically but they do not stand out for being virtuosos of the ball like Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Ramires o Fernandinho. Brazil has gone from playing nice to depending on the strength of its players.
Definitely, a gray team that depends excessively on its two defensive props such as David Luiz and Thiago Silva, and in the inspiration of his star, Neymar whose level, it still seems far from having reached its ceiling. It gives the feeling that he is still far from the top he can give as a footballer. Even the sides, with players like Alvés, Maicón, Marcelo and Maxwell, all of them prestigious players in top European clubs, They seem to be far from predecessors such as Roberto Carlos or Cafú for not going very far in time. What do you think, Brazil has lost talent, Yes or no?.