Today’s game – SS3UBC
Brazil vs. Netherlands 11pm
TOMORROW: Final. Germany vs. Argentina 11pm
If Brazil and Holland had their way, both teams would have not played today’s third place playoff game. Brazil as five-time winners see no pride in playing for third place. That is way below their standard.
Holland, despite not winning the World Cup, are a world-acclaimed football power. Competing in a match whose winner finishes third just doesn’t make sense. “I think this match should never be played,” Van Gaal said on Wednedsay night after losing to Argentina.
“There is only one award that counts, and that’s being world champion.” Brazil will be less inclined to play a game they must honour because they are obliged to.
Dismantled 7-1 by Germany in the most shameful result in the history of national sport, the national team has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism from fans, media and past greats like Rivelino.
No kind of performance against Holland will make up for Tuesday’s scandalous humiliation. That will likely be Luiz Felipe Scolari’s last as Brazilian coach – his opposite Louis Van Gaal is stepping down to manage Manchester United. A host of Brazilian players will also most likely wear the Selecao shirt for the last time. If selected, Fred will play his 40th and final match for Brazil.
Although he hasn’t retired or dropped a hint on quitting the international game, the extraordinary ridicule he has attracted from Brazilians make it unlikely he will ever be called up again. The likes of Maicon and Julio Cesar are at the end of their national team careers with Brazil set for a complete renaissance.
Scolari could opt to play a number of reserves to give them a World Cup run out such as Jo, Henrique and Willian.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor