With a third Quarter Final exit in four tournaments, Brazil have had to swallow yet another bitter pill. Their exit this competition around proves more hurtful, as glaring problems often outweigh the handful of positives, under new coach Dunga. Following harrowing defeats to Germany and Netherlands on home soil, Brazilian football’s governing body, proceeded to make rapid and sweeping changes. Former World Cup Winning coach Luis Philipe Scolari was shown the door, and former World Cup Winner Dunga, was restored at the helm of the the Selecao. However, Brazil’s loss should not be analysed in isolation, as it is developed by a context that has long been brewing since Dunga’s take-over. Paraguay’s defeat exposed the flaws in the Selecao setup, that are more systemic, than symptomatic. Brazil need a change in temperament, and not just Tactics Their first game exposed their initial chinks, as an over-dependance or Neymar was obvious from the first whistle. Attacking players would get into promising positions, yet waited for the Barcelona winger […]

Chelsea FC winger Willian has warned his team mates that they will have to focus for the entire 90 minutes if Brazil are to avoid a repeat of their Copa America defeat four years ago to Paraguay as they prepare to meet La Albirroja in last eight fixture later tonight. The five-time world champions have lost only one game to Paraguay in 11 meetings at the Copa America, but that sole defeat in 2011 has left Brazil wary as they head into Saturday’s quarter-final. For many, Paraguay’s 2015 Copa America campaign is starting to carry an ominous echo of 2011, when they reached the final in Argentina without winning a single game in normal time. In Chile, Paraguay have been similarly obstinate, clawing their way back from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw with Argentina in their opening game, squeezing a narrow win over Jamaica and grinding out a 1-1 draw with Uruguay. “Everyone remembers what happened in the Copa […]