Last weekend, I had the opportunity to watch Brazil play live against Honduras, and it turned out exactly how every Brazilian fan expected — in a goal scoring frenzy.
They played like a team, and the players never demonstrated selfishness. Brazil is looking as strong as ever, but after closely following this year’s international squads, it begs the question: can they win the World Cup on their home turf?
Yes, but it won’t be without difficulty. With Luis Felipe Scolari as the national team coach again, they have regained what has been missing the past world cups — pride for wearing that yellow shirt. With young blood like Barcelona’s Neymar, Chelsea’s Oscar, Shakhtar Dotesk’s Bernard, and Zenit St. Petersburg’s Hulk currently making this team tick offensively, they look like a renewed team that can win the biggest trophy in the world.
However, they can’t be drawn with the European giants before the final, and even though it may all be by chance, it’s extremely difficult that they won’t. In the past, every single final except one has had at least one European team playing, and that trend doesn’t look like it will be changing anytime soon.
If Brazil faces France in the cup, they have to be wary of Les Bleus considering that they have a great record of being able to knock them out of the tournament. With teams like Germany, Spain and the Netherlands being in great form, placing them against Brazil anywhere before the final can prove to be disastrous for the Selecao’s quest for a sixth title. Even a young team like Belgium can cause Brazil’s World Cup dreams to be cut short.
Though, if Brazil were to play like they have been like a team, and with the whole country supporting them every step of the way, that sixth star above the crest is achievable. Scolari’s team of youngsters can shock the world once again — they just have to play for the pride of the country instead of playing for the name that’s printed on the back.