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What They're Saying: Neymar
July 22nd, 2014 1:18AM
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"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.

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