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Luiz Felipe Scolari roars: Brazil must win the World Cup for injured Neymar
| 7 July 2014
| Paul Hirst
Posted on 07/08/2014 12:47:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
Luiz Felipe Scolari is convinced Brazil can beat Germany and make it through to a dream World Cup final despite Neymars absence.
Brazil will take on Germany at the Estadio Mineirao on Tuesday without their best player and leading scorer, who was ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing a verterbrae in last weeks win over Colombia.
An incredible wave of sadness followed the news that Neymar had been ruled out.
The players shed tears and many of the 200 million football-mad Brazilians feared how their team would cope without their talisman.
But Scolari has moved on from the incident and he has challenged the rest of his squad to reach the Maracana final for their injured star.
'He has done his share. Now its up to us to do our share,' the Brazil coach told a press conference on the eve of the match.
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The 'Invisible Man' worries Selecao fans
Neymar's injury isn't the only topic that gets Brazilian fans riled up. Just mention Fred, the center forward who has scored only one goal in Brazils first five games.
"He's like a cone on the field" ... "He can't move." ... "He doesn't shot. He supposed to head the ball in but doesn't do that."
We already had Hulk, now weve got the Invisible Man, is the joke making the rounds
For Brazil to beat Germany, Hulk has to get angry
It has to begin with this: Hulk has had more shots (13) than any other player to have failed to score in World Cup 2014. In the eyes of some, it might paint him in a not so very good light. But in the absence of Neymar, he is their best goal-scoring option and the man who will need to step up -- in other words, like his superhero namesake, he will need to get angry.
posted on 07/08/2014 12:53:23 AM PDT
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Brazil brings their fouling machine to the semifinals against Germany. Won’t work. Enjoy your spot in third-place game Brazil.
posted on 07/08/2014 1:07:39 AM PDT
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posted on 07/08/2014 1:25:10 AM PDT
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Joachim Low says referee must stop 'brutal' Brazil fouling in Germany semi-final
Low highlighted the Brazil v Colombia quarter-final where Neymar suffered a fractured vertebrae and Colombia's James Rodriguez was the victim of a number of nasty fouls.
The Germany coach said he was astonished that the Spanish referee of that match did not show any red cards in a match in which there were 54 fouls, 31 committed by Brazil.
Brazil won't win the World Cup
... This puts Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari in a difficult position, as he must find a way to advance past one of the most consistent teams in the tournament without his two best players. While Brazil has the talent to compete with any of the remaining teams, the adjustments that Scolari will need to make to give his team a chance to win likely won't be enough to raise the trophy.
Here's a look at how key player absences, lack of roster depth and opponent strengths will be too much for the host nation to overcome and ultimately lead to its exit.
Brazil World Cup Killed 'Beautiful Game'
The national team's grinding route to Tuesday's semifinal against Germany, its play pockmarked with fouls, gamesmanship and win-at-all-costs realpolitik, has driven a stake through the myth of Brazilian football as art and through the hearts of us fools who nurtured and clung to it.
One Major Reason Why Germany Has Been More Successful Than England in World Cup 2014
In the summer of 2009, England and Germany faced off in the final of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The two sides had met earlier in the competition and had drawn 1-1. The Germans ended up routing the Stuart Pearce-led English side 4-0. Out of the players in that 2009 German U-21 squad*, six of them are starters for the German World Cup 2014 team. And most, if not all six, will play in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday against Brazil.
Out of the England squad that faced Germany in that same 2009 U-21 final, only one player made it into Englands World Cup squad for 2014.
England bombed out of its World Cup, finishing last in its group.
Argentina-Netherlands: a classic FIFA World Cup rivalry
Ever since the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil was made, the Netherlands and Argentina have been keeping tabs on each other, aware that there was a reasonable chance their paths could cross in the semi-finals. And that is exactly what has happened, with the two going head to head in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.
The match will be the fifth between the countries in the world finals, the first of them coming at Germany 1974, when Johan Cruyff scored twice as the Oranje routed La Albiceleste 4-0 in the second round, from which the Dutch emerged to reach the Final.
Argentina gained the sweetest revenge four years later in beating the men in orange 3-1 in the Final on home soil. Recalling his extra-time winner in an interview with FIFA.com, Mario Kempes said: It wasnt the most beautiful goal, but it was the most exciting. I think people were even trying to blow it over the line. It was touch and go, but it went in eventually.
Faith and football as Brazil unites to pray for glory
"My faith in Jesus gives me strength to keep on going out onto the field and to do my best," he says. "But I also want to inspire others - that is what God inspires me to do. For me, true life is found in the relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe that everything in life belongs to God and he has a clear plan for us if we follow him." - David Luiz
I really like Messi, and you can't blame the team for this, but this is classless. People don't seem to understand that Neymar could have been paralyzed. If this was L2 instead of L3, and there was some displacement of the spine, it could have been much, much more serious. As it was, he couldn't feel his legs, so probably had a spinal cord contusion.
I think Germany will win today. They have a great team. I was, however, watching some video of Willian yesterday, and he could have an impact if he winds up playing - especially if he doesn't feel the pressure.
Even without Neymar, Brazil has the pace to take on the German back four. I think the key player for Brazil will be Oscar - he’s not made much of a name for himself in this tournament, and he’s certainly be inconsistent with Chelsea as befits a young player moving up to the big time, but when he’s “on”, he’s gonna be tough for a less than mobile German defense to handle.
That said, I think the real challenge in this matchup is the German offense vs. the Brazilian defense. If Brazil doesn’t do a better job of staying at home and defending as a team, they’d better darn well hope they’re scoring a bunch, because they’ll need the goals to keep up with the Germans, who will pick them apart.
posted on 07/08/2014 5:19:34 AM PDT
(I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
“According to AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, Balotelli was reportedly set to move to an English club after the World Cup but his disappointing performances have since ended any hopes of that transfer going through.”
May be true, but I have a hard time believing much of anything that comes out of Berlusconi’s mouth.
posted on 07/08/2014 5:23:07 AM PDT
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It would almost be a total shock if Brazil won.
Though I expect Netherlands to win too, Argentina has a fair chance at that game. Netherlands came through 2 very difficult games but the Dutch can’t be shut down the way some of these other clubs like Belgium and France have been.
Sneijder has been a very good player, he was last time though some would say that Dutch team played a bit ugly at times too.
Soccer-Legend Di Stefano passed away, much bigger at Club than National Team Level I would say. Big player for Real Madrid especially when they won their first Champions League titles. He was suppose to be very good. I’m sure he’s on the youtube channels. Rest in Peace. Prayers.
If Brazil defeats Germany, it would be an upset because without Neymar and Silva, the Seleçao are going to be really hard-pressed to beat Die Mannschaft.
posted on 07/08/2014 7:43:53 AM PDT
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5 reasons why Brazil will win
I am currently seeing 5 reasons why they will not…;-)
posted on 07/08/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT
There was a game in 2012, world cup qualification Germany-Sweden, where Germany was leading 3-0 at half time, and the game ended in a 4-4 draw. Hope the players remember that day and won’t get cocky now.
posted on 07/08/2014 1:56:40 PM PDT
Yes, I am happy for him. This will be his last big tournament, I guess.
posted on 07/08/2014 1:57:14 PM PDT
5-0 Germany at half time....whoa!!!! Who would have thought that?
Hope you are enjoying this. : )
posted on 07/08/2014 2:03:09 PM PDT
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I missed the game because I was on the road all day.
Talk about a shocker.
posted on 07/08/2014 7:29:13 PM PDT
I even cheered when Brazil scored - LoL!
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