The Future of Soccer, Part III: Brazil
The Future: Brazil National Football Team
by Jack Greene
Out Maybe Out In Doni Julio Cesar Maicon Lucio Gomes Michel Bastos Juan Julio Baptista Dani Alves Luisao Luis Fabiano Thiago Silva Gilberto Melo Felipe Melo Elano Kaka Gilberto Silva Ramires Josue Robinho Kleberson Nilmar Grafite
Brazil came into the 2010 World Cup like they had never done before. They came to be cautious, and to win cautiously. Well they didn’t. The plan to play both beautiful and hard-nosed. The plan worked until the Dutch up-ended them with many of the same tactics. Brazil, who will be at home, will more than likely be under intense pressure to win AND play like they used to: beautifully. This means that us fans will be intrigued with Brazil every single second. Will they win in their own backyard? Let’s take a look at my line-up for them.
Thiago Silva Miranda
Maicon- C Michel Bastos
Dani Alves Robinho
Alexandre Pato Nilmar
Cesar has to come back for Brazil for them to have the best goalkeeper possible. I just don’t see anyone else at his level yet for them. They are not like a Germany with goalkeepers. I’ve given the captain’s armband to Maicon because of his impressive play and his good leadership qualities. Plus, he reminds me of Cafu. Thiago Silva (AC Milan) and Miranda (currently with Sao Paulo). These two will be the next generation of strong defenders. Bastos out wide again on the left will bring great attacks and decent defense. This time, I expect only one defensive mid in Felipe Melo. He is a very strong player and also has a good long-distance shot and is also an aerial threat. Dani Alves and Robinho would be my wing players. Alves is usually a right back, but is a great attacker. I’d have no problem in putting him in midfield permanently. Robinho has great dribble moves coming off the wing. Up front is Kaka, Nilmar, and Pato. Nilmar could be the new Fabiano. He’s a goalscorer, and I expect to see him do very well. Pato is a strong, fast player that will also score a lot of goals. This Brazil will entertain for sure, but would they win?
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