But a lot of success brings a lot of negativity. The Brazilian press has been extremely critic about the team, and they obviously get frustrated when Brazil wins. In the great final of the Confederations Cup, for example, Brazil won USA by 3 x 2, but the fact that USA made two goals in the first half (but Brazil turned the match, making 3 during the second half) was enough to the press start criticizing the defensive system. Nowadays, they don't like the player selection made by Dunga, the coach. Dunga's criteria were simple: the player should:
- honor the Brazilian team uniform;
- be part of the team as an individual, not an individual in the team;
- be simple, fine with absence of luxury;
- be humble, accepting decisions of the coach; and
- be disciplined and master his tactical position in the team.
Luis Fabiano is one of the main scorers, besides Robinho, but journalists are saying that he is having a goal drought because he didn't score in the last two matches. Come on! The last two matches were against Zimbabwe and Tanzania during the preparation phase where players were scared to get hurt before their first world cup match. The press is forcing an individualistic behavior, emphasizing individual achievements, but the coach was clear since the beginning, that they are a team and they will behave like a team. The international press is less pragmatic, maybe more realistic, perhaps. New York Times stated: "Brazil has what one former World Cup player called "a luxury problem" - too many supremely talented players and not enough room to include them all on a team sheet.".
I'm optimistic, I support 100% the Brazilian Squad and I can't wait for this Tuesday match against North Korea. The players will finally have a chance to stop or at least minimize those critics.