February 28th, 2014
Brazil did not do well in a World Cup when they last hosted it. It was in 1950 when the country last hosted the tournament, but they lost in the final to Uruguay in front of 200,000 supporters. That team has never been forgotten by the supporters, but manager Luiz Felipe Scolari says that it is time that the country learns to celebrate that 1950 team rather than degraded it. He also wants to use them as an inspiration to win this upcoming World Cup. Brazil are the current record holders after having won five World Cup titles in their history.
Scolari says that the 1950 team were the pioneers to what the successes achieved in the five decades that followed. Brazil will be going into the 2014 World Cup looking to lift the title for the first time since 2002. Rather than wilt under the pressure of the home supporters, Scolari is planning to do well with the 12th man behind them. Brazil is one of the most football crazy nations in the world. Their supporters always expect the best from the home team, which could work against them, but Scolari is aware of this challenge and he wants to provide them with the best.
“Before 1950 Brazil had never gotten to the final, they were the pioneers of the five titles we have won since then. Those players got there and made Brazilian history. We built our success on top of them. We are going to try and get back to the Maracana for the final and properly remember the team of the 50s because they were wonderful and fantastic and that’s how I’d like Brazilians to think about them. We will be playing with 12 players on the pitch,” said Scolari.
Brazil will be up against Mexico, Croatia, and Cameroon in the group stages.
February 3rd, 2014
Australian national team manager Ange Postecoglou says that the players looking to get into the national team squad for the World Cup 2014 should be playing at the highest level on a regular basis. Postecoglou was recently appointed as the national team manager after a poor run of results left Australia facing early exit from the World Cup even before the tournament started. Since the nation qualified for the 2006 World Cup, they have been regarded as one of the strongest from the oceanic group.
Postecoglou’s latest comments come as a warning for players like Lucas Neil and Tom Rogic. They have the option to secure a regular first-team football by moving away from their respective clubs. While Lucas Neil is one of the established stars of the national team, Rogic is someone who is seen as a player with bright future. The manager has said that the players should at least try and secure a loan move and play regularly.
The manager undoubtedly has a tough job on his hands since Australia have been grouped in one of the toughest groups at World Cup 2014. It features the likes of Spain and the Netherlands, while South American team Chile will also be hopeful due to the home advantage.
”There’s quite a few that are in that boat who have to make some really important decisions about their futures. have said all along, I really need players playing and fit around selection time. For Lucas and others in the group, there are some pretty big decisions to come. Whoever is playing well and in form I will have a look at, whether that’s the A-League, Europe, or Asia. ‘I will be looking at individual’s form, their fitness and how they are going,” said the former Brisbane Roar manager, who is regarded as one of the finest from Australia.