Seleção Shows Another Level

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Brazil picked it up and showed that they're real contenders for the title. Facing Chile, who has impressed the most of us, we hoped for an even game with two attacking sides going non-stop. And we kind of got one. It was two attacking sides but it wasn't all that even. Like Spain, Brazil is the perhaps worst team Chile could meet- they're simply too good and won't get surprised by the quick Chileans because they simply out-quick them and dictate the pace themselves.

Brazil has gotten some heat, mostly from their own demanding home fans, who say they are playing too ‘boring’ and that they've lost their renowned samba-spirit under coach, Dunga. But after a slow start (yet still a win) against North Korea, a convincing win against Ivory Coast, draw against Portugal, winning the ‘Group Of Death’ and now crushing Chile, we think it’s time to reevaluate Brazil once again. 8 goals isn’t boring and with striker Fabiano getting in shape, Kaka playing better and better and Robinho, who scored his seventh goal in four appearances against Chile, they have the firepower up-front that’s needed to go far. A world-class goalie (but what’s up with the kit three sizes too big today?), two best right backs (Dunga solved the unsolvable problem by using them both today, Maicon in that position and Dani Alves as right midfield winger), and a captain who is brimming with confidence after winning the treble this season, ensure they also have the defense-line to back up their attacking football.

How far can they go? Obviously all they way, but the first test on the way is another contender for the title of best football team in the world, the Netherlands. Two teams that seem to enjoy attacking football a lot. Looks like we’re in for delicious football on July 2nd. But why wait so long - tomorrow is Japan-Paraguay and highly anticipated neighbor-country clash between Spain and Portugal. It's like being football-spoiled every day with the lovely exception of not feeling any guilt about it. Hooray for football.

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