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Deportivo FAS
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29. jan. 2013 18:34
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TR1986

FLA udspringer af FLU, så der er noget betrayal inde over som giver den clássico et ekstra element fremfor VASCO-FLA. FLU/FLA og Fogo udspringer af den samme socialeklasse, hvor Vasco mere er fattig, Sort og portugesisk. Det har så ændret sig lidt siden hen hvor FLA er belevet mere middelklasse, imigranternes klub - de fleste danskere jeg kender som er bosat i Rio er FLA-fans så ...Det er vel så´en lidt :

FLU

(FOGO)

FLA

Vasco


Tja der er også andre clássico, Belo Horizontes mellem Cruzeiro - Atl. Mineiro, Ba-Vi i Bahia, Palmeiras - Sao Paulo Choque - Rei (det næst største i Sao Paulo, O Majestoso (Sao Paulo - Corinthians)...


Men det er vel 1) GRE-NAL 2) FLA - FLU 3) O Derbi Paulista 4) Clássico dos Milhoes 5) Choque - Rei.......?


Dibben

Han skal nok gøre det godt, Colombia har jo en røvfuld gode angribere iøjeblikket....


FF17

hehehe - du har slet ikke kommenteret på mexicanske Javier Aquinos transfer til Villarreal, eller landstræneren "Chepo"s kommentar vedrørende kvaliteten af det danske ligalandshold ....de har et niveau svarende til Jamaicas :-)
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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andib
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29. jan. 2013 18:42
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Nu må han håbe han kommer på banen på søndag, ellers vil jeg være pænt træt af at have taget turen tilbage til Spanien...

Betis obliga a Joel Campbell a devolverse a España

Menos de 24 horas después de haber llegado a Costa Rica, Joel Campbell deberá regresar a España hoy mismo, para participar del juego del domingo.

El Betis le pidió al atacante Joel Campbell que se devolviera a España para disputar el juego ante el Atlético de Madrid.

El atacante había recibido el permiso del club para incorporarse a los trabajos de la selección nacional, sin embargo el equipo verdiblanco decidió a última hora que necesitaba a Joel para el compromiso del fin de semana.

"Yo ya había llegado al país, pero quieren que regrese a España para el juego del domingo. Yo lo tomo de la mejor manera, soy un empleado del club y tengo que acatar órdenes", manifestó Campbell, quien se encuentra realizando las diligencias para devolverse a España en horas de la tarde.

Todavía no se ha definido la hora del vuelo en que se devolverá Campbell, quien llegó ayer a Costa Rica a las 4 p. m.

El costarricense deberá viajar debido a que está estipulado que los jugadores se unan a sus selecciones 48 horas antes de la fecha Fifa.

Por esto, el directo técnico del club, Pepe Mel, estaría en condiciones de convocar al volante nacional para el juego por la liga española.

El sitio oficial del Betis confirmó que el tico podría estar para el partido del próximo domingo y regresará a territorio nacional el lunes 4 de febrero.



Kenny Dalglish had scouted the young star at Bordeaux, and requested the chairman Jack Walker to begin discussions with the player’s club. He refused, and famously said, “Why do you want to sign Zinedine Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?”
Roberto Baggio
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29. jan. 2013 18:44
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Hej. Jeg kunne godt tænke mig at vide, om TV2 sport (nu TV3 sport) stadig viser brasiliansk ligafodbold?
Rossoneri tilhænger!
Deportivo FAS
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29. jan. 2013 18:49
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@ Dibben, jeg tror ikke Dely Valdes - har udtaget truppen for los canaleros endnu...han plejer at vente til i sidste øjeblik.



Paraguay Abroad: Paraguayan players in Latin America

As the leagues get underway across Latin America it seems a good time to list the Paraguayans plying their trade in the region, I’ve kept it to the top divisions but bear in mind there are dozens of players in the lower leagues of Argentina and Chile particularly.

ARGENTINA

No new signings, although Adalberto Román (River Plate) returns to Buenos Aires following an unsuccessful stint in Brazil with the relegated Palmeiras. Víctor Ayala (Lanús) and Marcos Cáceres (Newell’s) were the best performers from the foreign legion last year and are set to continue with their respective clubs. There is hope that under Carlos Bianchi the talented midfielder Orlando Gaona Lugo (Boca Juniors) can hold down a regular spot.

Others

Federico Santander (Tigre)

Claudio Morel (Independiente)

Jonathan Santana (Independiente)

Samuel Cáceres (Independiente)

Víctor Aquino (Belgrano)

Jorge Achucarro (Colón)

Eduardo Ledesma (Godoy Cruz)

BRAZIL

The major new signing is Luis Cáceres (Vitoria) who I technically shouldn’t include as they are Serie B, but if I didn’t I’d have little to write about with the only other Paraguayan in the country Víctor Cáceres (Flamengo) who is of course no relation. I’m scraping the barrel so much that I’ll just mention 22-year-old Marcelo Cañete (São Paulo) who I found out has a Paraguayan mother making him eligible for the national side.

MEXICO

All eyes will be on Robin Ramirez (Pumas) who was topscorer in Colombia last year and has already scored for his new side in the league. Last year was a great season for the central defender Pablo Aguilar (Tijuana) who won the title in his first season while Edgar Benítez (Toluca) was runner-up. One of this blog’s favourite players Osvaldo Martínez has just moved to Club América which is a career-defining move for the 26-year-old.

Others

Paulo Da Silva (Pachuca)

Dario Verón (Pumas)

CHILE

Cristian Bogado (Iquique) continues his successful career across the Andes and will be in the Copa Libertadores if they can get through the preliminary round. Miguel Angel Cuellar has left Cobresal to join ‘Copper Derby’ rivals Cobreloa having scored a bagful of goals last year. Rodrigo Rojas (O’Higgins) is still in the squad with the champions while youngster Rodrigo Baez (Colo Colo) has also decided to stay on.

Others

David Portillo (Antofagasta)

Fabián Benítez (Audax Italiano)

Arnaldo Gimenez (Unión La Calera)

Pedro Vera (Rangers)

José Pedrozo (San Marcos Arica)

Rodrigo Riquelme (Palestino)

Derlis Barrios (Everton)

Richard Piñanez (Ñublense)

COLOMBIA

Deportes Tolima bring in Rogerio Leichtweis from Libertad who scored on his debut in the Copa Libertadores, he teams up with goalkeeper Anthony Silva. Another player to leave the Gumarelo is defender Nery Bareiro (Deportivo Cali) while right winger Jorge Nuñez (Once Caldas) also returns from Paraguay.

Others

German Centurión (Santa Fe)

Edison Gimenez (Itagui)

ECUADOR

The big news was of course the signing of Pablo Zeballos (Emelec) who arrived in the steamy port of Guayaquil from the frozen steppes of Russia. Another talented striker to move to the coast is Hugo Santacruz (Manta) who was hardly used by Ruben Israel at Libertad. The midfielder Fulvio Duarte is one of three Paraguayans at newly promoted Deportivo Quevedo alongside Luis Espínola and the hero from last year, striker Cristian Hermosilla. The side are managed by their compatriot, Raúl Duarte. The man who nearly kept Tacuary up last year was the very talented Nicolas Martinez (Independiente) who is sure to shine with his new club.

Others

Enrique Vera (Liga de Quito)

Fernando Giménez (Emelec)

Librado Azcona (Independiente)

Edgar Balbuena (Independiente)

Delio Ojeda (Liga de Loja)

Emilio Martínez (Universidad Católica)

PERU

A few players have come back to Paraguay but the booming economy in the Andean nation means it is still a popular destination for our footballers, no more so than the historic city of Cuzco home to Real Atlético Garcilaso who were crowned runners-up last season in their first year in the professional division. Former Nacional striker Fabio ‘Pitu’ Ramos played a big part in their success last season and has decided to continue, while his performances have prompted the club to bring in more Paraguayans including Victor ’Cachi’ Ferreira and midfielder Oscar Gamarra. Also staying at altitude in 2013 is Mario Villasantti (Inti Gas) who was a key figure for the team from Ayacucho. An interesting signing is that of Aldo Jara (Sport Huancayo) who was most recently in the Intermedia with Sportivo Iteño, you assume he was recommeded by his compatriot Blás López.

Others

Rolando Bogado (Real Atlético Garcilaso)

Edgar Acosta (Real Atlético Garcilaso)

Carlos Perez (Pacifico FC)

Ever Benítez (Pacifico FC)

BOLIVIA

The new inclusion is Nelson Cabrera (Bolívar) who comes over from China, his rivals will be Pablo Daniel Escobar and Ernesto Cristaldo (both The Strongest). The team with most Paraguayan players is Real Potosí who have Henry Lapcyzk, Carlos Neumann and Sixto Santa Cruz in their ranks.

Other

Carlos Ortiz (Aurora)

Claudio Centurión (Nacional Potosí)

Cristino Ferreira (La Paz)

Francisco Arguello (Blooming)

URUGUAY

A few players have crossed back to Paraguay this season so it leaves us with precious few faces in the charrúa league, in fact the only two we have listed are left-back Aureliano Torres (Peñarol) and one of many sent off in the infamous brawl last year, Edgar Machcua (Juventud las Piedras).

EL SALVADOR

Juan Sosa (Atletico Marte)

GUATEMALA

Joel Benítez (Comunicaciones)

Aníbal Pacheco (Mictlán)

PANAMA

Julio Castillo (Chepo)

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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hehehe - du har slet ikke kommenteret på mexicanske Javier Aquinos transfer til Villarreal

Det er fandeme også skidt, men det siger altså lidt om Segundas tiltagende niveau og Ubådens desperation - tænk sig, hvis de ikke klarer oprykning med den trup! De har også lige hentet Valencia-nomaden, Farinós.
- Jeg tænker, at de ikke var tilfredse med Vélez-lejemålet, Héctor "Tito" Canteros?



eller landstræneren "Chepo"s kommentar vedrørende kvaliteten af det danske ligalandshold ....de har et niveau svarende til Jamaicas :-)

Den skal times. Vi tager den efter onsdagens (edit: torsdag morgen?) kamp i artikelforum!
En gyser er at holde med flagermus og ulve.

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@ SAMBA



Hej. Jeg kunne godt tænke mig at vide, om TV2 sport (nu TV3 sport) stadig viser brasiliansk ligafodbold?

Jeg mener at Samba´s fodboldblog også fandtes på TV2 Sport (?) - går udfra at Samba ved mere ...????
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Det er fandeme også skidt, men det siger altså lidt om Segundas tiltagende niveau og Ubådens desperation - tænk sig, hvis de ikke klarer oprykning med den trup! De har også lige hentet Valencia-nomaden, Farinós.
- Jeg tænker, at de ikke var tilfredse med Vélez-lejemålet, Héctor "Tito" Canteros?


Tilgengæld så syntes jeg nuElche er langt bedre repræsentant for regionen end Villarreal, syntes den er meget plastik - Elche, Hercules i Primera tak :-)

Tror nu nok danskerne skal undgå den store snitter, mexicanerne stiller op med et ekperimenterende hold, de skal jo være klar til vigtige kamp mod netop Jamaica d. 6 februar.
Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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CLAUDIO COUTINHO: THE LOST AUTHOR OF CORINTHIANS´ GLORY

The Copa Libertadores returns this week, and with Brazilian clubs having won the last three editions and the recent Club World Cup, brace yourself for a wave of Samba Football platitudes in the media. The truth is rather more prosaic though, and while the languidly louche delights of Socrates and his contemporaries appeal to aesthetes seeking a template for modern Brazilian football, its true father is a very different figure, embodying a completely different set of principles.

He had no formal link to the club, and his sensibilities were the opposite of those which gave birth to the Corinthians Democracy, but Claudio Coutinho was the unwitting author of a process which ended in their ultimate triumph.

Coutinho was a key figure in introducing to Brazil the model of pragmatic football which propelled Corinthians to the trophy, and thus creating a tension between the aesthetic and the practical which has dominated the nation ever since. Far from being a creative artist, he embodies the most underused, yet crucial, of Brazilian football stereotypes. Far from being a joyous advocate of carefree ball-playing, he was something much more significant: a technocrat.

Coutinho was not a professional footballer; he was a soldier. He progressed through the bureaucracy of the Brazilian army, rising to the rank of captain while focussing on the physical conditioning of the troops. His work took him to the USA, where he helped pioneer a range of tests to measure physical condition, his pre-eminence reflected by a stint at NASA.

His career profile would turn out to be a perfect storm: with a military dictatorship taking over, his face fitted. After the dismal failure of the 1974 side to defend the World Cup so gloriously claimed by Pele and his glittering cohorts, the junta demanded a sea change if the propaganda value of a successful Seleção was to be exploited and the international humiliation of defeat avoided.

Here, Coutinho got lucky. He’d actually been part of the conditioning team taken to West Germany for the tournament (as he had been four years earlier in Mexico, as assistant to Carlos Alberto, who was in charge of physical preparation and would go on to manage Brazil’s World Cup success in 1994). His minor role in the side’s failure was conveniently ignored by a regime predisposed to look kindly on him.

It’s hard to imagine João Havelange being outmanoeuvred, but the ultimate political animal was unable to influence the bigger picture of Brazilian politics, and paid for 1974 by losing his role as head of the Federation. His replacement, Admiral Heleno Nunes, was the leader of ARENA, the puppet political party established to offer the junta a veneer of democratic respectability. His credentials for taking on the job were essentially a fanatical support of Vasco de Gama and his elevated military and political status. It was therefore perfectly logical that he should select a military man with no coaching experience to speak of but an established philosophy of discipline and strength through unity as his national coach.

His progress is crucial if one is to understand the true framework of Brazilian football. Forget the clichéd notion of creativity for the sake of it: Brazilian football, even in its most dazzling incarnation, has been underpinned by a disciplined structure. The great sides of the 1950s, 60s and 70s were helped by support teams which were far ahead of any other nation. Brazil would travel mob-handed with dentists, psychologists, doctors and any number of staff devoted to ensuring the preparation of the side was as good as possible. Ignore the lurid (albeit true!) headline tales of delegation psychologist Joᾶo Carvalhaes recommending that Pele and Garrincha be left out of the 1958 World Cup squad after scoring poorly on his personality tests: the substance behind that tale was a meticulous preparation which enabled the team to win three World Cups out of four.

Coutinho was a theoretician: in these days of systems football we’d have loved him! However, he stripped the romance out of the Brazilian game, creating a side which played to a pattern rather than expressed itself.

The result was an insipid campaign. They staggered through the first group stage, drawing with both Sweden and Spain having survived close shaves in each match. After those cautious performances they needed a win from their last match and got it. Just. A 1-0 win over Austria was enough to claim a place in the next round, but didn’t satisfy the aficionados.

In the second round, a group of four teams, Coutinho’s timidity would be fatal. They started promisingly, beating surprise team Peru 3-0, but the coach entered the following match, a crunch encounter with hosts Argentina, cautiously. Rather than set up a team with swagger, Coutinho dropped Zico, who had scored in the previous match, in favour of the more workmanlike Chicão. The result was a goalless draw which handed the initiative to Cesar Menotti’s team. Their controversial 6-0 win over Peru, widely assumed to have been fixed, put them in the final and Brazil in the 3rd place play-off.

Clutching at straws, Coutinho claimed after his side had claimed third place that they had been the moral winners, having gone through the tournament unbeaten. It was a specious argument.

Repressive regimes are a little like Russian oligarchs: nearly succeeding isn’t good enough. Coutinho inevitably paid for his side’s performances with his job. He would scratch around for coaching work in the USA and was about to head off for a post in Saudi Arabia when, swimming off Ipanema Beach, he drowned in 1981.

Despite his limited success and the briefness of his time in charge of the Seleção, he would cast a long shadow on Brazilian football. The desire to match the Europeans who had outplayed them in 1974 remained. A struggle for the soul of the game appeared to have been won by the dreamers, aided perhaps by the success of Cesar Menotti in 1978 as he showed that South American flair and fantasy could defeat the Europeans, when Telê Santana was appointed coach. His sumptuous 1982 side are feted across the world, but that reverence has been met with bemused surprise in Brazil, where a side which failed to emerge from the second round is seen as a failure.

The aesthetic of the early 1970s was permanently stored in the closet, along with the loon pants, and it wouldn’t even be granted a post-modern opportunity to return. Brazilian football became a grim affair, dominated by athletic sides, the domestic league characterised by violence rather than creation. While a smattering of ball-playing talents continued to light up the Seleção, they were underpinned by a double pivot. We might all remember Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho, but the players who really symbolised the Brazilian way were Mauro Silva, Gilberto Silva and Emerson.

Perhaps the embodiment of modern Brazilian football is Dunga. Some players undergo a Damascene conversion, and reinvent themselves with a coaching approach which is the opposite to their playing personas. George Graham, who went from cavalier creator to roundhead organiser, is the best example. Dunga held firm to his principles. He was the archetypal midfield anchor in his playing days, parsimonious in possession and cruel in the challenge: the side he coached was ruthlessly efficient, and its successes were achieved not by the rapier but by the steamroller. His rejection of the cerebral was inevitable; his name ought to have been a clue. Dunga is one of the seven dwarves: Dopey.

Corinthians embrace this utilitarian approach to the game wholeheartedly, as South America has known for some time and the world has now seen. Organised and sound at the back, they get the basics right first and trust to their forwards to come up with a dash of magic on the break at the other end. Their counter-attacking game led them to a first Copa Libertadores triumph with performances garnering admiration for their pragmatism but no marks for style.

In fourteen matches they conceded a mere six goals, with just two coming in their eight knock-out matches, and kept ten clean sheets, incredibly shutting the opposition out in each of their seven home games.

At the other end, they scored more than once in just four games. Revealingly, nine of their twenty-one goals came in the last two group games, when they had already qualified and clearly decided to release the handbrake. Hardly the Beautiful Game.

That their strength lay in the collective rather than the individual is reflected in the fact that a player of the round award is handed out throughout the competition. Of the fifteen players honoured, none were from the eventual champions.

In the Club World Cup semi-final, when they took the lead against Al-Ahly and decided to sit on it rather than look to dominate the Egyptians, it really shouldn’t have been a surprise. Equally, nobody should have been shocked when Chelsea were unable to penetrate their defensive shell once they went behind. Taking the world title with two 1-0 victories was absolutely what the script suggested.

Fascinatingly, before the Club World Cup began there was a very public manifestation of the tension between the Brazilian game’s conflicting philosophies. The dismissal of Mano Menezes as national coach appeared to be a set-back for those who hankered after a more expansive style of play. Surprisingly liberated by the Olympic final defeat, he was beginning to take more tactical risks as his side showed increasingly encouraging signs of coalescing into an attractive, effective unit.

For a brief, tantalising moment, his departure might have turned into something remarkable. Lance! reported that Pep Guardiola had announced the sole job he was willing to cut his sabbatical short for was coaching the Seleção. It turned out to be baseless, but it lent focus to a debate which has raged in Brazil since the last edition of the Club World Cup.

That tournament served as a wake up call to many. Santos, having won the Libertadores with a swagger, were touted as having a serious chance of upsetting Guardiola’s imperious Barcelona side. Having watched the Catalans from afar, South America felt it had a champion capable of showing them that, while they might be credited as the world’s foremost artists, the beautiful game originated further west.

The outcome made Brazilian football face up to some harsh truths. Santos, who had coasted through the second half of the year, their one focus being the showdown in Japan, were humiliated. The thrashing was dubbed “The December 18th Massacre” by Tim Vickery, who described it as “a scathing 90 minute comment on the state of the contemporary Brazilian game.”

Even the most stubborn loyalists had to admit that the baton of attractive football had been passed to Spain. A great deal of soul-searching was provoked by Pep Guardiola’s comment that his side had played “as my dad and my grandfather told me Brazil did.” And in the other corner, his philosophy destroyed, was Santos coach Muricy “If you want to see a spectacle, then go to the theatre.” Ramalho, winner of four out of the last seven Brazilian titles and a serious contender for the role of Seleção coach until two hours earlier.

A lobby has grown up since which is pushing for a return to the Joga Bonito, and they were able to raise their voices in support of Guardiola’s fake candidacy. Corinthians coach Tite and the 20,000 fans who travelled to Japan are not among them though. They achieved their goal in a more pragmatic fashion. As Coutinho would have advocated.

Brasil: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Botafogo (100% Carioca) Rio > Säo Paulo


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Panamá define convocados para enfrentar a Costa Rica

22 Enero 2013

Para el próximo encuentro clasificatorio ante Costa Rica, el director técnico panameño Julio César Dely Váldes ha convocado a 13 legionarios para integrar la selección de Panamá.

El primer partido de Panamá en el hexagonal con miras al Mundial de Brasil 2014 será el próximo 6 de febrero y se desarrollará en el Estadio Rommel Fernández.

La Federación Panameña de Fútbol (Fepafut) informó que de los 13 jugadores, cuatro se encuentran en Costa Rica participando de la Copa Centroamericana. Entre los convocados se encuentra Rolando Escobar (Anzoátegui de Venezuela) como la novedad en el llamado de Dely Valdés.

Porteros
Jaime Penedo - CSD Municipal (GUA)

Luis Mejía - Fénix (URU)

Defensas
Luis Henríquez - Lech Poznan (POL)

Felipe Baloy - Santos (MEX)

Román Torres - Millonarios FC (COL)

Volantes
Rolando Escobar - Dep. Anzoátegui (VEN)

Amílcar Henríquez - Dep. Independiente Medellín (COL)

Gabriel Gómez - CD Junior FC (COL)

Armando Cooper - CD Godoy Cruz AT (ARG)

Delanteros
Yairo Glaize Yau - Sydney FC (AUS)

Luis Tejada - Dep. Toluca FC (MEX)

Rolando Blackburn - FK Senica (SVK)

Blas Pérez - FC Dallas (USA)
Kenny Dalglish had scouted the young star at Bordeaux, and requested the chairman Jack Walker to begin discussions with the player’s club. He refused, and famously said, “Why do you want to sign Zinedine Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?”
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Scolari’s Brazil Takes Shape Ahead of England Friendly

Brazil hosts the World Cup in 2014, but prior to kicking-off the world’s biggest football fest, the five-times world champions will only have one non-friendly competition to fine-tune their starting XI. This underlines the magnitude 2013 represents for the technical staff of the Seleção, but Luiz Felipe Scolari’s tone was defiant as he announced his squad set to face England at Wembley at the start of February.

Scolari is, once again, in the hot seat as Brazil gears up for the World Cup. After the unceremonious sacking of Mano Menezes, Big Phil has been tasked to lead Brazil to glory on home soil come next year. He recognizes the gargantuan work lying ahead with Brazilian fans demanding nothing less than final victory. The former Chelsea and Portugal coach denies though that he is under immense pressure. Scolari emphasizes that winning the World Cup is the only viable outcome to his mission: “We have placed our bets on a World Cup win and that is what we are working towards. The supporters are right to demand it.”

The discourse of the newly reinstated coach may appear slightly populist, but getting Brazilian fans right behind the Seleção is seen as crucial. Under Mano Menezes public support had dropped to a near all-time low amidst mediocre results. Part of Scolari’s public relations campaign might be the recall he gave to Ronaldinho. While the latter’s performances with Atletico Mineiro in the 2012 Brasileirão were outstanding, it is difficult to imagine what he may add to the Seleção in 2014, bar experience. Ronaldinho’s form merits a recall, but in the long term Scolari may well dispense of his services. The last appearance of the former Barcelona player for the Seleção dates back to October 2011 against Mexico, after his scintillating form for Flamengo gained him a recall that too quickly turned sour and ended in another lengthy spell away from the Canarinho.

Another familiar face making a return is goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who himself hasn’t played for the national team since early 2011. Cesar had fallen out of grace with Mano Menezes after inconsistent performances. His recent fine showings at lowly QPR have however not gone unnoticed in Brazil and Scolari decided the time was right to give Julio Cesar another chance. In doing so, Felipão has brought in a tried and tested goalkeeper in favor of the less experienced – but perhaps currently more popular in Brazil – Diego Cavalieri. This is another signal Brazil’s head coach banks on experience to give his side stability. Next to Ronaldinho and Julio Cesar, Luis Fabiano also featured in the squad list. He was at the heart of Dunga’s strike force in 2010 and netted three goals in South Africa.

In selecting Luis Fabiano, together with Fred of Fluminense, Scolari seems to suggest that a 4-6-0 formation, a system so brilliantly used by Spain during EURO 2012, is a no-go for him. Predecessor Mano Menezes experimented with a 4-6-0 towards the end of his tenure and as a result Brazil suddenly played more fluently. Luis Fabiano and Fred are unmistakably though out-and-out strikers. The idea of playing without a recognized striker doesn’t seem to appeal to Scolari, but he did not entirely dismiss the scheme: “I always like to have a stronger type of player in the penalty area but it doesn’t mean to say we can’t change in the future and not have a fixed striker.”

Scolari, often dubbed a pragmatist, whilst showing innovative solutions during the 2002 World Cup with a 3-men backline, hints with the inclusion of Hernanes, Paulinho, Ramires and Oscar that he will opt for elaborate midfielders in a bid to bolster Brazil’s offensive ambitions. For now it appears that the days of a Gilberto Silva holding midfielder are gone, although whether this is a testament to Sandro’s injury or Lucas Leiva’s too recent return from one, only time will tell. For now Scolari seems happy to follow Menezes’s idea of doing away with Dunga’s unpopular counter-attacking style. Down-to-earth and realist he might be, Brazil’s new coach is shrewd. With his squad selection Scolari has shown from day one a clever, multi-faceted approach to building his new Brazil.

Big Phil has overall struck a fair balance between youth and experience, with a selection on the basis of merit being the undertone. Dante’s inclusion is a result of his brilliant performances at centre-back in Bavaria. Lucien Favre groomed the promising Brazilian at Monchengladbach before he moved to Bayern Munich. Miranda and Filipe Luis, both operating in the defensive compartment of Atletico Madrid, are also parts of Scolari’s Seleção. In other words Scolari has assembled a squad based on the progression made by Mano Menezes, but adding a few of his own touches. Gone are the questionable inclusions of the likes of Giuliano, Jonas, and Juan Jesus that befuddled fans during the Menezes era. The exact formation and system remain a question and will remain so according to Scolari, who insisted that only after a few friendlies the technical commission would get a better idea of the way forward. Against England for example, there will only be time for one training session. Clearly Scolari is thoroughly aware that Rome wasn’t built in a day either.

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