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World Cup 2010 Focus: Brazil And Joga Bonito

Posted by Walker Friday, May 28, 2021

Guest writer/James Dielhenn
Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history with five wins, and are famed for their free-flowing attacking football. But, this time around, manager Dunga has moulded Brazil into a solid team that do not disregard their defence like they have in previous eras.
Dunga has been criticised for solidifying Brazil’s defence at the expense of their attack, but his method has worked so far, and they progressed through the South American qualifiers with consummate ease.

Inter’s Julio Cesar is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, and has a top-class defence in front of him. Inter team-mates Maicon and Lucio will be joined by Roma’s Juan at the back, with Juventus’ Felipe Melo playing in Dunga’s old role of defensive midfield. Milan’s Thiago Silva will provide back-up in defence. Julio Baptista of Roma and former Milan star Kaka will appear in attack for Dunga’s new-mentality team.

His most important decision, though, was the players who failed to make the squad. Milan’s Alexandre Pato hasn’t had the best season, and has been omitted in favour of Wolfsburg’s Grafite. Former Parma, Fiorentina, and Inter striker Adriano also has been overlooked despite returning to Brazilian club football to solve his personal demons. The most surprising, however, must be Ronaldinho. World Player of the Year twice, Ronaldinho endured a very public fall from grace at Barcelona, but has been close to his best this season at Milan. His perceived lack of commitment and party-animal reputation has resulted in Dunga ruthlessly selecting an alternative.

Brazil may not have the carefree Samba football that their supporters adore, but Dunga has created a team more likely to win the world’s biggest football prize.

“I beg the fans to support us,” Dunga said. “If they don’t like me or any other thing, that’s fine. But I want them to support us, to be a patriot.”

With North Korea, Portugal, and the Ivory Coast in their group, Brazil are expected to progress, although not without a fight. But with Dunga in charge, he has instilled a battling attitude that could bring the World Cup home for a record sixth time.

Brazil’s 30-man FIFA World Cup Provisional Squad: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Doni (Roma), Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham); Maicon (Inter Milan), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Lucio (Inter Milan), Juan (Roma), Luisao (Roma), Thiago Silva (AC Milan), Gilberto (Cruzeiro), Michel Bastos (Lyon); Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Felipe Melo (Juventus), Josue (Wolfsburg), Elano (Galatasaray), Ramires (Benfica), Kleberson (Flamengo), Kaka (Real Madrid), Julio Baptista (Roma); Robinho (Santos), Nilmar (Villareal), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Grafite (Wolfsburg).

Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history with five wins, and are famed for their free-flowing attacking football 

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