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Brazil 1-0 England: Quality shines through

November 15, 2009

Kaka was in excellent form for Brazil

England’s preparations for next year’s World Cup in South Africa got off to a slow start yesterday as they were confidently beaten by the World No.1 side Brazil. Nilmar’s 47th minute header was enough to see off the challenge of Fabio Capello’s men.

Admittedly it was a second string England side, but one that still consisted of regulars Wayne Rooney, Gareth Barry, and Shaun Wright-Phillips. However, England did learn a valuable lesson, one that they’ll need to revise up to and during next summer’s finals; Keep the ball.

Brazil were by far the better side, and whilst England were without a number of regulars in their XI, so too were the South American giants. Kaka and Dani Alves were arguably the only superstars amongst Dunga’s team. Despite the lack of first choice players on both sides, Brazil passed England off the pitch and showed much more invention and imagination in the final third. In sweltering conditions surely it was obvious that’s what England needed to do? Instead, possession was lost far too easily, and Brazil were seldom made to work hard to close their opponents down or retain the ball when they were in possession.

There’s been lots of talk recently about England’s hopes and chances of lifting the World Cup next year, but on the evidence of last night’s match, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Retaining possession is one of the basics of Football, right through from junior level to the professional game. It’s not especially difficult. A feature of Brazil’s play was how quickly they moved it. Often they’d play 2 or 3 touch Football throughout the match and they made it very difficult for England to win it back. A weary looking England was evidence of that at the end of the match.

Perhaps a stronger England side would have created a different outcome and produced a better performance. It was a chance for the fringe players to put their case forward to Mr. Capello before he picks his squad for the finals sometime next year. Unfortunately they’ll be some disappointed members of that particular England squad, none more so than Wes Brown, who I thought was distinctly average. His error mid-way through the second half allowed Nilmar in to win a penalty from the outstretched Ben Foster, who was lucky to stay on the pitch.

As the party settle back in England, they’ll be a lot for Capello to ponder ahead of the World Cup draw in early December.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. yaniv permalink
    November 16, 2009 1:28 pm

    dude, i think the brazil team is coached by dunga, not zico..

  2. November 16, 2009 4:40 pm

    it was a nothing game really, not with so many injuries et al. The one thing that came out of it for me is how crap the fringe players are. Even SWP who has featured recently alot for the team doesnt look anywhere near international class. I think David Beckham now has one foot on the plane as i think SWP will miss out with Lennon and Walcott fit

    Also shows that Jenas is no Hargreaves, and Barry looked out of his depth with no Lampard or Gerrard in the side

    Despite a lack of service, i still think Darren Bent should be nowhere near South Africa next summer…id take Michael Owen every day of the week over him regardless of who is playing regularly in the Prem etc etc. If you need someone to get you a goal in the last 10 minutes who would you all prefer: Bent or Owen??

    Ben Foster did well enough to book his ticket, and as long as he plays NO more league games this season for him to fcuk up in then he will be World Cup bound…however if he plays for us (United) he may play crap and lose his place!! lol

    One more leaning towards Keiran Gibbs over Bridge. Despite being the worlds highest paid full back he is..sadly…rubbish

  3. maserati4200 permalink
    November 16, 2009 4:57 pm

    I agree .

    Bridge is tosh. Owen must be on the plane.

    The “2nd string” just proved that they’re not up to it.

    We don’t have strength in depth. We have no Plan B.

    Let’s hope the big guns stay fit.

    • November 16, 2009 7:39 pm

      personally i will be going into this world cup with an open mind. I always used to say that a quarter finals was about englands level and i stand by that. If capello gets us further than that he will have done a great job. Its not that we are crap or anything, theres just better teams.

  4. Henk Feith permalink
    November 16, 2009 8:54 pm

    I would like to comment that Brazil played with 10 of their 11 starters. Only Thiago Silva (AC Milan) played in the centre of defence due to the absence of Juan. Robinho was on the bench because of the recent form of Villareal striker Nilmar. Daniel Alves has been a substitute to Maicon (Internazionale) for the right-back position for ages and has recently been used by Dunga as a replacement for Elano who plays on the right in midfield. Michel Bastos (Lyon) made his debut on a position that is still wide open; left-back. It’s the only “problem” position for Dunga. Fabio Aurelio from Liverpool would have started if he wouldn’t have picked up an injury (again…). As for the rest of the players, they are all regular starters; Julio César, Maicon, Lúcio, Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Kaká and Luis Fabiano… so I don’t know where the statement comes from that this also was a weakend Brazil side.

    Even though England played with a reserve team, they managed to keep up with the Brazilians in the firts half. The 0-0 was normal and logically for me as Brazil also didn’t create any big chances. They only had some possibilities which is something else.

    England played without James, Terry, Johnson, Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Carrick, Beckham, Lampard and Gerrard. Even Lennon and Owen were not there. What do you expect? It was probably the first time England played with this mixed-team. The patterns were out of the team which means you have to run more to cover up spaces that are normally covered by players who know what to expect from eachother. It was clear to me that running in the heat from Qatar was impossible especially against a world-class team like Brazil who are used to that kind of weather, although a lot of them play in Europe for years.

    Looking at the fisrt half, England did a great job. The second half only showed me that England-B is not by power to win from a complete Brazil team. That’s no surprise to anyone I would think.

    When the England team is on full strength I doubt it if Brazil would have any chance. Lately Brazil has booked some good results but the football that they display is not of high quality. They are overrated. Even so, they will allways have a chance to win the world cup because of their outstanding individual quality.

    Henk Feith

  5. George permalink
    November 16, 2009 10:09 pm

    Darren Bent is awful. I agree – if he’s on the plane to SA I will eat my shoes. All 5 pairs.

    You’ve kind of contradicted yourself their Henk by saying 10 of the 11 starters for Brazil were regulars and then naming Robinho, Bastos, and Aurelio as normal starters.. But I see your point. I’m not too familiar with my South American Football so excuse me if there’s a few errors in there.

    Brazil have to be contenders for 2010, as you say, with the individual quality they have. They’re not number 1 in the world for no reason.

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