How Brazil rediscovered their mojo, via Coutinho, Tite and some unlikely helpers


When Dunga and his players travelled to Santiago to face Chile at the beginning of October 2015, it didn’t feel like an exciting new era for Brazil. According to local media, it would be the toughest World Cup qualifiers ever and the fight for a place would go until the last round.

Brazil’s most popular commentator Galvao Bueno repeated this so many times that most fans started to believe that their side could indeed be absent from the tournament for the first time in history.

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Marcus Alves

Marcus Alves is a freelance journalist based in Lisbon and has written for FourFourTwo since 2012. He can also be found at BBC Sport, the Telegraph, Kicker and Yahoo. A former ESPN reporter, he covered 12 games in 15 days during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but can barely remember any of them. He blames cachaça for that.