Brazil enters the 2006 World Cup tournament as the odds on
favorite to win it all. Led by household names
Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, and Cafu the squad is
balanced, and poised for a repeat. Playmakers abound on
the Brazilian side: Ronaldinho, Robinho, Ronaldo and Kaka are
offensive stars. In order for Brazil to reach it's full
potential, however, just as much energy will have to be
focused on the squad's defensive play.. Central
defenders Lucio and Edmilson have plenty of international
experience, and Gilberto Silva along with Emerson are
excellent control minded midfielders.
There are many historical side stories this year for Brazil, such as
Ronaldo's pursuit for the record of most goals scored in the World Cup for
example. The main attraction be Brazil's exciting "joga
bonito" style of play, and potential showdowns with the European powers.
The boys in the yellow and green should easily make it out of it's group, and
the odds of Brazil winning it's 6th title are more than twice than it's nearest
rival, whoever that might be.
Result: When I read about the criticism the Seleção faced in the
Brazilian press, as the team breezed to a first place finish in Group F, I
attributed it to the fussiness of the typical Brazilian fan. Not only did
they expect to win, but they expected to win with style. The trepidations
continued as Brazil beat
3-0 in the sixteens, as Ghana
dominated the time
of possession. The moment of reckoning came after 57 of domination by
France in the quarterfinal match, as Thierry Henry confirmed the suspicions of
the Brazilian fans with an uncontested toe poke from the back post on a poorly
defended free kick.