Many people were willing to write off Brazil as title contenders for the World Cup at the beginning of the year because La Canarinha was unable to convince anyone with their playing style.
Luiz Filipe Scolari took over the team at the end of last year and with the experience of already winning a World Cup in 2002, he knew exactly what he needed to do to get the team back into playing form. He called up veterans like Julio Cesar and Ronaldinho, gave spots in the lineup to youngsters like Bernard and Oscar and cemented the star status of Neymar.
The result? Brazil won the Confederations Cup and now they seem to be constantly improving just when the World Cup is getting closer and closer.
La Selecao continued their improvement yesterday where they won a friendly match against Honduras, a lower rival that wasn’t supposed to provide much opposition to one of the most star-studded teams in the world. Despite some early struggles and some complacent plays by Brazil, the final score of 5-0 reflected the huge difference that was between the two sides.
Bernard kicked things off with a goal in the first half, but Brazil stepped on the gas in the second, netting four more times. Dante, Maicon, Willian and Hulk all found the back of the net in a solid showing that surely helped Brazil test some new players and try some different approaches against lower teams.
The real test, however, will be next year when Brazil hosts the World Cup. The team has been preparing for the tournament for the last three years and even when they looked out of sync as recently as last year, they now appear to be in top form and ready to mount a title challenge in their own soil.