Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
What They're Saying: Neymar
July 22nd, 2014 1:18AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

"I think Brazilian soccer is behind. It's behind Germany and Spain. We've slipped behind and we have to be man enough to admit it."

-- Brazilian star Neymar. (AFP)


3 comments
  1. Tom Symonds
    commented on: July 22, 2014 at 5:53 p.m.
    With the hiring of Dunga, it would appear the CBF is not on the same page with Neymar. Their response to getting knocked out at the '82 & '86 Finals was to go ugly -- and Dunga became their field general in charge of ugliness. From WC 1990 on, Brazil have forsaken their flair and zest for pragmatism and negativity. I'm sorry, but the irony of the two most expensive central defenders in football being Brazilian (Thiago Silva, David Luiz) and that Brazil's two strikers at WC14 (Fred & Jo) are unwanted by anyone should not go unnoticed. Neymar has the mad skills to be a throwback to the good old days of beautiful, attacking Brazilian football. It's too bad his federation have bought into the win ugly scheme.

  1. G O
    commented on: July 23, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.
    You are right. Where is Nilmar? Where is Ganso? Bernard is a flair player. But I will say, Dunga sees this. Remember, Dunga had to work with the material he had. And he tried his level best with players like Diego who featured in the Copa America 2009 success, but, like so many Brazilians can never shake the problems and ills of living very non professionally off the pitch - which then sooner or later does impact "on the pitch" life and performances. Diego is a 9 year example of what plagues so many of Brazil's players, particularly their "flair" players. Best recent example is Ronaldinho who could and should have had another 40-50 international appearances for the Selecao were it not for his persistent lack of personal discipline. (Romario comes to mind, too, going back in time.) I think you'll see a different version Dunga II as he now takes the reigns again. He'll go for more flair and skill -- but he has to deal with the hand he's dealt. We'll see.

  1. G O
    commented on: July 23, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.
    Sorry. Correction: 2007 Copa America success/win for Brazil where Dunga was then the manager and they handily beat Argentina in a pretty entertaining final.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
USL Thursday: Sounders 2 fall, Rhinos impress on road    
Sounders FC 2, one of three unbeaten and untied teams in the USL, dropped its first ...
What They're Saying: Luis Figo    
"When some speak and others are silenced, democracy and football lose." -- FIFA presidential candidate Luis ...
What They're Saying: Joey Saputo    
"You can't go in with the attitude that we have no chance. We're here. We didn't ...
What They're Saying: Adrian Heath    
"We went on preseason to Charleston and we hired a few vans to transport everyone around. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives