The recent completion of World Cup leaves a bitter taste for the Samba faithful, as fans will be wondering why did Brazil fail to perform well.
First, we shall take a look at the squad selected by Head Coach Filipe Scolari.
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)
Defenders: Dante (Bayern Munich), David Luiz (Chelsea), Henrique (Napoli), Thiago Silva (PSG), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (PSG)
Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Oscar (Chelsea), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea/ENG)
Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit Saint-Petersburg), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Neymar (Barcelona)
As we take a look at the squad itself there are some surprise inclusions, such as Fred of Fluminese and Jo of Atletico Mineiro. There were also some key exclusions such as Kaka, Ronaldinho, and young talent Lucas (of PSG)
Firstly, the teams strikers Fred and Jo performed very badly during the World Cup, leaving the burden of the attack on young superstar Neymar.
The side selected lacked creativity in the midfield, with only Oscar and Fernandinho the play-maker's for the team. Oscar did have a good World Cup, as he played with a lot of passion and heart. Fernandinho did not see a lot of action during the World Cup. The lack of creativity in the midfield was a key reason for why Brazil's performances were below what was expected of them. Also due to lack of creativity Brazil depended on Barcelona forward Neymar to give them a spark. One should always remember that the dependence on one player usually backfires in the end, and that was the case when Neymar was injured during the Columbia game. The result of his injury was a severe defeat to Germany and eventually Holland in the third place match. Had the likes of Kaka and Ronaldinho been selected, Neymar would not need to be depended on as much.
Another issue with the Brazil team was the defense, as Scolari depended on the center defensive pairing of Thiago Silva and David Luiz. Luiz's performance during some of the World Cup games was below average, and he needed to be replaced. However, this did not occur.
While these problems could have been remedied, Scolari continued to play similar line ups and formations. Leading to opponents easily figuring out the team and defeating, and prime example was the game against Germany in which Brazil was hammered 7-1. Had Scolari fixed the line up, the result may have been different.