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Brazil may well fail to qualify for the World Cup

7:00 pm

Brazil not qualifying for a World Cup. It is something I never thought I'd see in my lifetime, having grown up on great Brazilian and South American teams. The unknown always adds excitement to a tournament and the 1978 World Cup in Argentina with all the ticker tape coming down was quite apart from any other.

To imagine one without Brazil there was unthinkable, but it is a very real possibility that they will not qualify from the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) section.

Ten teams fight out qualification. They play each other home and away. That makes 18 games so you can see it is a long drawn out affair to qualify. The top 4 qualify automatically, the 5th placed side advance to the inter-confederation play-offs. The rest don't make it.

As it stands 6 games have been played and Brazil sit sixth behind Uruguay (4/1/1 - 13pts), Ecuador (4/1/1 - 13pts), Argentina (3/2/1 - 11pts), Chile (3/1/2 - 10pts) and Colombia (3/1/2 - 10pts).

Brazil have won 2, drawn 3 and lost 1 so have 9 points. They have beaten Peru (8th - 4pts) and Venexuela (10th - 1pt) at home while drawing with Uruguay (1st). Away from home they have drawn with Argentina (3rd), lost to Chile (4th) and drawn with Paraguay (7th - 9pts) after a last gasp 92nd minute equalizer.

Brazil have gone backwards as a footballing nation while countries like Chile, Colombia and Ecuador have advanced, which of course adds to the difficulty. With 12 games to go Brazil will have to improve and managed Dunga isn't a popular figure now. The football mad country don't forgive failure and they don't take to a poor national team. The lack of victories is a worry, especially as one of their wins was against the whipping boys.

The team continues to look as if it doesn't know what it is doing, it's the Roy Hodgson scenario all over again. Hodgson was clueless when it came to creating a playing system and we now know the FA knew his coaching was poor after Steven Gerrard told the FA after the last World Cup. We now know the coaching staff disagreed with his methods and the players didn't know what they were supposed to do, even asking during a game where someone was supposed to be playing!

You can not just throw 11 men onto a pitch and expect them to sort it out, an organised side will beat a bunch of 11 any day. You are just relying on someone doing something brilliant to get you out of trouble all the time, exactly the problem we have and why we have so many foreign coaches in the Premier League. They harness talent in a system, not just say go out and get on with it, whatever it is.

Against Paraguay Brazil were saved by their goalkeeper and that injury time goal, things would be even worse otherwise. It is a place they haven't won in 31 years though. Neymar is currently carrying Brazil, when he doesn't play they are there for the taking, especially if you adopt a counter-attacking approach.

Like Hodgson, Dunga is a cautious manager who hasn't learnt to harness the talent within the side, there is enough there to qualify easily, yet they are struggling and the pressure will only mount. As we saw against Germany Brazil are poor at the back and they haven't improved. Dunga has a feud with probably his best defender Thiago Silva. It was he who was holding the defence together and without him Germany ran riot, David Luiz didn't know what he was doing, not sure Dunga does at the moment.

Marquinhos is one of the most sought after central defenders in the world and PSG don't want to enter any negotiation with Barcelona who have been trying to buy his for 2 years. He hasn't even got a look in yet, which just demonstrates the no risk approach of Dunga, alien to what we expect from Brazilian football.

Dunga could make a place in history for  himself for all the wrong reasons, it is a very real possibility.

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Tottenham working with Brazilian authorities ahead of the World Cup

9:53 pm
Tottenham Hotspur using the profile of players Paulinho and Sandro have embarked on 'ground breaking' work in Brazil ahead of the World Cup in the country this summer.

Spurs & Sandro doing community work in Brazil
Sandro 'ground breaking' work
Paulinho was born within 10 miles of the Itaquerão stadium in Sao Paulo where the opening game will be played while Sandro's former club International will host games and in addition to that England will play in his home state Minas Gerais.

With such connections Spurs have taken the opportunity to tackle the drugs problem by taking football into favelas where 11 million people live often without access to even basic public services.

Spurs through The Tottenham Foundation and the British Council have teamed together to work with Rio's Police delivering community football programmes designed to engage the youngsters and steer them away from drugs.

Foundation coaches are helping to bridge the gap between the Police and the vulnerable youngsters which Sandro describes as 'ground breaking' work.

Under the baking Brazilian sun, surrounded by shanty homes in the Caju complex of favelas, the Foundation coaches also took P.E. classes. In what are some of the most deprived parts of the city they also took English lessons with the kids.

Until a year ago the area was controlled by drug gangs but it is now patrolled by the Police who have wrestled the initiative back.

Paulinho & Spurs doing community work in Brazil
Spurs using Paulinho to help community work in Brazil
“You hear about favelas back home – they are not the kinds of places you want to be going into,” said Richard Allicock, youth engagement officer at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. “But they’re just another local community. We just want to reach out to those kids and give them a better future.

“The Premier League and the Spurs badge are very powerful things and when you get organisations that bolt on to these badges, you get something totally different. And when our Brazilian players come back to the country, they know the club they’re playing for has a passion for their country.

“It’s been a culture shock. We’re a team from the UK, coming over to develop learning through football and this is a nation of football but they’ve taken us in and welcomed our ideas.

“Drugs is a big problem. But with the UPP programme, they can really reach out to the community and give a positive support mechanism to the community.”

The Military Police has special pacifying units (UPP) in 37 favelas and these programmes help to improve learning and relationship with this deprived group. Suspicion abounds so keeping the youngsters in school is not easy.

British Council project manager Ana Bessa said: “The project has helped to engage young people who used to see the police as the enemy. The idea is to use football as a tool to engage young people in a safe and healthy environment.”

The work that took place last week will lay the foundations for when Sandro and Paulinho return to Brazil later this year. The work will continue until 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will host the summer Olympic Games.

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Take your hat off for Dunga

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The Brazilian Manager, Dunga, has already selected his final 23 man squad; bypassing the 30 man selection squad, which would have seen him have to break the hearts of 7 players.

Why did he do this? Because he already knows who he is taking to the World Cup.

When asked why he didn't consider Ronaldinho or Adriano, he simply said;

"An individual can win you a match, but it takes a team to win a tournament".

Is there anything Capello can glean from the way Dunga is running his side?
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