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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Brazil are still the team to beat

Going into the season that will end with the World Cup there is one team that stands out above all others - Brazil. Having won the Confederations Cup yesterday with a demolition of Argentina, Brazil are also the Copa America Champions and the reigning World Champions. They have a new generation of players who look almost as frightening as the last generation. We were mesmerised by the likes of Romario, Rivaldo, Leonardo and Ronaldo and we are now being mesmerised by the likes of Kaka, Ronaldinho, Robinho and Adriano.

I remember seeing these new players win the Copa America last year and thought to myself this would be the team that Brazil would send to the World Cup. With the likes of Cafu, Carlos, Emerson and Ronaldo still in the mix, Brazil now have a great mix of experience and freshness.

I know its too early to be making predictions about who will win next year's World Cup, but some people will already believe that Brazil have one hand on the trophy.


Blogger RedsMan said...

Let me add to this subject. Brazil were a shadow of the world's best international team when they played Argentina in the World Cup qualifier on June 8 (which is astonishingly almost a month ago!). Argentina shocked them to pieces before they regained any composure through Carlos' free kick.

In the Confederations Cup final, well, they came back with vengeance and took their turn to run the show, it was an absolute contrast to the qualifier. Adriano was more lethal, Kaka, ronaldinho and Robinho created problems and Cafu replacement Cicinho certainly justified his inclusion. Brazil should have scored more.

If this is the shape of things to come for WC2006, both these teams need to be there. But Brazil are looking more the side to beat overall, which, with hopefully some nice summer weather, will make for a great World Cup similar to WC94.


7/01/2005 10:30 am

Blogger Berry said...

I too had the pleasure of watching the Confederations Cup final between the two great football nations.
For someone who does not have access to Euro/Sky Sports, it was nice to watch football at its highest technical level and a change from the hustle and bustle football we usually get in the premiership.
Brazil, on paper and on the pitch, to win WC2006.

7/01/2005 3:45 pm

Blogger T said...

Brazil at their best are unstoppable. They possess supreme attacking quality, and in Emerson, Lucio, and Dida, they have a strong defensive backbone.

Robinho is an excellent new addition to their frontline; quick feet, great balance, and can shoot off either foot. And Adriano is the ideal power front-man.

Arsene commentated on the Confeds Cup for French TV. After watching them at close quarters, I think he will adopt the Brazil 4-2-3-1 formation in Europe next year.

7/04/2005 3:38 pm


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