2014 World Cup: Brazil Cannot Break Funk Against the Netherlands
Photo via Netherlands Football Team Facebook page
The crisis of Brazil continued against the Netherlands in today’s 2014 World Cup third-place match. In a match that many have rendered pointless, Brazil looked absolutely dreadful and has proven that Brazil cannot win without Neymar.
The 2014 World Cup began like a dream for Brazil. Winning the group and completing a run to the semi-finals. However, the last two games featuring Brazil have been tough to watch. Entering the World Cup, Brazil was the automatic favorite to win it all but all that hype soon disintegrated. A 7-1 loss to Germany and a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands have bewildered many as to what is going on with this soccer juggernaut.
Now it could be because the Netherlands is a better team or that Brazil simply does not care. I do believe the Netherlands is a better team when Neymar isn’t on the field and I do believe Brazil still cared about the match. It’s a soccer match, plain and simple. Brazil is still playing for personal pride as well as trying to prove that one man does not embody a whole team.
In a match full of negatives for Brazil, whoever watched, saw plenty of upside for the Netherlands. The Netherlands has plenty of young talent that can display wonders on the pitch. The Netherlands have shown that Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie are not the only players that can score goals and contribute to Dutch success. Memphis Depay, Daley Blind, Jonathan De Guzman, Georginio, Daryl Janmaat and Jordy Clasie are the youngsters that will usher in the next generation for the Netherlands.
There is just nothing good that I can say about Brazil’s game today, it was awful. From the back line to the forward position, Brazil looked sluggish and has not shown a glimmer of hope and has checked out both mentally and physically after losing to Germany 7-1. With this second consecutive loss, I hope Brazilians will keep the peace and keep the country in one piece.
Collin Ruby is a writer for StoppageTimeSoccer.com, “Follow” him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby and “Like” him on Facebook at Collin Ruby