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International Break Papers over Cracks in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil Side

Published: October 19, 2013

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With four wins on the trot, the pressure is already mounting for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil as fans begin to expect—not anticipate—a sixth World Cup on home soil to add to their burgeoning trophy cabinet. But are the expectations realistic for the Selecao? Ten victories in the last 11 games and two wins in the latest international week have put home fans in a bullish mood as the... 

Why Brazil Are Mistaken in Calling Up Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva

Published: September 27, 2013

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Liverpool‘s Lucas Leiva has earned himself another chance to impress for the Selecao, some two years after making his last appearance for Brazil. Luiz Felipe Scolari, experimenting with his squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup, has handed the Brazilian a recall ahead of friendlies against South Korea and Zambia in October. The decision has provoked quite the response on social networks, with many... 

Jo: Brazil’s Surprise Package Ahead of World Cup 2014

Published: September 20, 2013

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Plenty of viewers will have been taken aback at the sight of Atletico Mineiro star Jo warming up on the touchline and coming on for Fred in Brazil’s opening Confederations Cup clash against Japan. Comments on the substitution ranged from confusion—“Isn’t he that guy who played for Manchester City?”—to derision—“I can’t believe he’s playing... 

Why Luiz Felipe Scolari Should Call Up Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

Published: September 13, 2013

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With calls in Brazil mounting for the inclusion of Liverpool‘s Philippe Coutinho, Selecao boss Luiz Felipe Scolari should be considering a call-up for the young attacking midfielder ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Three years after picking up his first cap for the national team in a friendly against Iran under Mano Menezes, Coutinho is putting forward a compelling case to resurrect... 

Ranking EPL Brazilians on International Duty

Published: September 11, 2013

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With the Premier League taking a break for the weekend, it was the turn of the international teams to provide the week’s entertainment with several Brazilians impressing for their country. The first international clash came against Australia at the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brazil before travelling to face Portugal at the Gillette Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. The Socceroos posed little resistance... 

World Cup 2014 Progress Report: Scolari Gunning for Brazil 2014

Published: August 30, 2013

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When Dani Alves buried a stunning header at the wrong end of the pitch, Luiz Felipe Scolari would have been forgiven for questioning where the Selecao of a few months previous had gone. The score was 1-0 to Switzerland, and the hosts handed the 2013 Confederations Cup winners a brutal wake-up call upon their return to international football. Just six weeks earlier, the Selecao were celebrating... 

The Home-Based Players Who Can Play Big Part for Brazil at World Cup

Published: August 23, 2013

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With the 2014 World Cup on the horizon, plenty of home-based players are gearing themselves up for the season ahead, looking to earn a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil squad ahead of next summer. The Brasileirao has always been a source of strength to the national team, adding depth to the quality that the European-based players provide. Former domestic stars such as Paulinho and Bernard... 

Can Home Advantage Propel Brazil to World Cup Glory?

Published: August 16, 2013

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With less than a year to go to Brazil 2014, the Selecao are already gearing up for their first World Cup on Brazilian soil in 63 years, hoping that home advantage will pay dividends in their pursuit of a historic sixth victory. The pressure is on Luiz Felipe Scolari and his side to bring home the most prestigious prize in international football, with fans demanding nothing less than complete... 

Bernard to Shakhtar Donetsk: Will Move Prepare Star for World Cup 2014?

Published: August 13, 2013

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Bernard has finally completed his protracted move to Shakhtar Donetsk in a €25 million deal, but will the switch to the Ukraine help to establish himself in the Selecao squad ahead of Brazil 2014? The former Atletico Mineiro star penned a five-year contract with the Miners, after their bid was accepted by the Brazilian club. Tottenham failed to up their initial offer and despite their... 

Is Leandro Damiao the Next Rising Star to Make Big-Money Move?

Published: August 9, 2013

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Leandro Damiao has been on the cusp of a move to Europe for what seems like forever now. A technically gifted target man with a goalscoring instinct, the Internacional striker has been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs for the past few years but a move has yet to arise. The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from the Brasileirao, but no club has been able to agree a fee with Internacional. The... 

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