Bronze battle for Brazil, Dutch

Brazil

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

Leave a Reply

Releated

NASCAR to Resume Season May 17 with 7 Races in 10 Days

NASCAR announced Thursday that it will resume its season without fans starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina with the premier Cup Series racing three more times in a 10-day span. NASCAR joins the UFC as the first major sports organizations to announce specific return to play plans since the coronavirus pandemic shut […]

South African Gymnast Going for More than Gold in Tokyo Olympics

JOHANNESBURG – South African gymnast Caitlin Rooskrantz is going for the gold and more. She wants to put gymnastics on the South African athletic map. Elite gymnastics is uncommon in this part of the world, and is dwarfed in popularity by sports like…