Ney­mar: We are ‘dream­ing’ of a sixth ti­tle

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

HEN Brazil­ian goal­keeper Julio Ce­sar re­tired, amid all the in­ter­views, he was wise enough to pre­view the head­lines which one day will an­nounce his death... “Keeper from the 7-1 de­feat passes away”.

There is no es­cap­ing it, no get­ting around it. It was not a bad dream.

Brazil r eall y did get thrashed on home ground in front of a global au­di­ence in a World Cup semi­fi­nal and the stain on the car­pet is not go­ing to wash out any time soon.

But in com­par­i­son with 1950 – the pre­vi­ous time Brazil staged a World Cup, when they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the fi­nal – the 2014 ex­pe­ri­ence was prob­a­bly less painful.

Back in 1950, it was taken as a de­feat for Brazil­ian so­ci­ety.

In 2014 that de­bate was tak­ing place else­where – in the row over the amount of money be­ing spent on sta­di­ums, for ex­am­ple.

What hap­pened on the field against Ger­many was noth­ing more than a crush­ing de­feat for Brazil­ian foot­ball.

It is some­thing that can be re­deemed on the field by Brazil­ian foot­ball and there are high hopes that coach Tite and his men can do just that in Rus­sia over the next few weeks.

The Brazil­ian na­tional team have their swag­ger back. But it took a cou­ple of years to shake off the de­nial.

The out­stand­ing Brazil­ian coach, Tite, was the pop­u­lar choice to take over af­ter the 2014 World Cup and so the de­ci­sion to reap­point Dunga was es­pe­cially bizarre.

The World Cup win­ning cap­tain in 1994, Dunga had taken charge of the na­tional team be­tween 2006-10.

Other than that, his coach­ing ca­reer was lim­ited to an un­suc­cess­ful few months in charge qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign.

Can they now do it in Rus­sia? Can they keep t heir heads un­der the pres­sure of the tour­na­ment?

Tite’s Brazil may not have the right answers to all these ques­tions, but it should be f un f i nd­ing out. – Ex­press News­pa­pers NEY­MAR

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