DungaÃ¢ÂÂs Seleção near record books... for wrong reasons
DungaÃ¢ÂÂs SeleÃÂ§ÃÂ£o can make history this Sunday in their World Cup qualifier match against Chile. Too bad it'll be for all the wrong reasons.
If Brazil donÃ¢ÂÂt score against Chile, it will only be the second time that the SeleÃÂ§ÃÂ£o, in its almost centennial history, go scoreless in four consecutive matches. The squad already missed the few chances they created against Venezuela (0-2), Paraguay (0-2) and Argentina (0-0).
The only time that has happened to date was in 1991, courtesy of the oh so unmemorable SeleÃÂ§ÃÂ£o of coach FalcÃÂ£o. Then, a defeat to Spain (0-3) in his first game and three goalless draws (with Mexico and Chile, twice) doomed the former Roma king. 10 games later, he was fired and became a TV pundit Ã¢ÂÂ a position he holds to this day.
Like FalcÃÂ£o in his last games as a coach, Dunga is a dead man walking, as IÃ¢ÂÂve already noted in this blog. The question is when - not if - heÃ¢ÂÂll get the boot.
Bad results against Chile and at home against Bolivia next Wednesday will probably seal his fate Ã¢ÂÂ some say heÃ¢ÂÂll be hanging till the end of the year, when Vanderlei Luxemburgo will leave Palmeiras and take over the SeleÃÂ§ÃÂ£o.
Marcelo BielsaÃ¢ÂÂs ChileÃ¢ÂÂs are a treacherous side. TheyÃ¢ÂÂre currently 3rd in the qualifying table (Brazil are 5th) and rely on their offensive front three Ã¢ÂÂ Gonzales, Suazo and Sanchez. To feed them, Ã¢ÂÂEl LocoÃ¢ÂÂ Bielsa has two fantastic options: Matias Fernandez or Jorge Valdivia, the former Palmeiras player who was one of the main stars of Brazilian football before he upped sticks to UAEÃ¢ÂÂs Al Ain a month ago.
On BrazilÃ¢ÂÂs side... well, the same thing. ItÃ¢ÂÂs Dunga trademark as a coach. 11 players, no tactics, no game plan. Each player has to show what they've got. Unfortunately for the fans, theyÃ¢ÂÂve been failing to do so on a regular basis.
With or without Dunga, itÃ¢ÂÂs time for them to step up.
One goal. Come on, itÃ¢ÂÂs not that hard.