Two years ago, Brazil failed to win the World Cup on home soil in front of their expectant fans. In fact, they were embarrassed by Germany in the semi-finals as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men fell 7-1 to the eventual winners. That was Brazil’s worst ever World Cup defeat.
However, they have the opportunity to redeem themselves this summer in the Rio Olympics. While the likes of Neymar probably won’t be involved, Brazil will still fancy their chances of going all the way this summer – especially with the passionate Brazilian fans behind their team.
Even with a number of their top stars unavailable, Brazil still have plenty of talent in their ranks and the three ‘over-23’ players will bring experience and enthusiasm to the side.
According to various reports, Chelsea winger Willian is pushing for an inclusion in the squad this summer. However, Chelsea aren’t too keen on the idea – especially with new manager Antonio Conte arriving after the European Championship in France. But if Willian is allowed to represent his nation, they will have one of the most skilful players in the competition at their disposal.
As of April 22nd, Brazil are priced at 5/2 to win the competition in the 2016 Olympics betting markets and the five-time World Cup winners will be full of confidence after yet another impressive year for Brazilian football.
The youngsters are starting to break through and make a major impact on the international stage. The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Marquinhos and future Ballon d’Or winner Neymar have all continued to shine and Brazil supporters will be excited at their chances of going all the way this summer – even though the latter probably won’t feature for his country throughout the competition.
And after a disappointing performance in their home World Cup in 2014, Brazil need to emerge victorious this year in order to save Brazilian football and show the world that they are still one of the major forces in the sport.
Since winning the World Cup in 2002, Brazil have slipped down the pecking order and are now ranked as the seventh best side on the planet – which simply isn’t good enough for a nation with an incredibly rich and successful history. If nothing else, they will look to reach the latter stages and exit the competition with their heads held high, although victory would be incredibly sweet for all concerned.
For Brazilian football, this is much more than a football tournament, it is an opportunity for the nation to redeem itself after the woeful defeat to Germany in 2014. While an Olympic gold medal isn’t quite as impressive as a World Cup victory, it would go some way to reminding Brazil fans that it isn’t all bad right now – especially with a talented group of youngsters coming through the ranks.
Can Brazil do it? Of course they can. If they get the squad selection right and encourage a few of their top talents to join up with the squad, there’s no reason why Brazil cannot go all the way and win the competition this summer.