Brazilian soccer is in disaster mode and has been for a while now. One after one other, one of the iconic and celebrated nationwide groups has hit roadblocks within the final 12 months. The collapse is felt on and off the pitch.
As many followers and analysts had hoped to see 17-year-old striker Endrick — who is ready to hitch Actual Madrid this summer season — and 32-year-old Neymar play collectively, that dream has been shattered after Brazil didn’t qualify for the Paris Olympics. With that, Brazil’s quest for an unprecedented third straight gold medal has been ended even earlier than taking the flight for Paris.
Many anticipated Endrick to showcase his expertise in the course of the Olympic qualifying match. However the Brazilian teenager scored solely twice in seven matches. Ultimately, Brazil had been stopped wanting qualifying by arch-rivals Argentina in a 1-0 defeat.
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Within the decisive South American Olympic qualifier, Luciano Gondou scored the winner for the Argentina U-23 staff coached by Javier Mascherano. Gondou headed a cross from Valentin Barco previous goalkeeper Mycael within the 78th minute on the Brigido Iriarte Stadium in Caracas.
“It’s unhappy, however it’s extra of a humiliation,” Brazil striker John Kennedy stated after the loss. “We should always have wished to win greater than we did.”
South America’s Olympic qualifiers for males’s soccer provided two spots. Paraguay will be a part of Argentina within the occasion after ending high of the desk of the ultimate group stage with seven factors in three matches.
The Olympic match options U-23 gamers and doesn’t carry the identical status and pleasure as that of the World Cup or Copa America however lacking out fully would nonetheless sting the football-mad staff. Particularly with many seeing Endrick because the nation’s subsequent huge star.
This isn’t the primary time Brazil have didn’t qualify for the Olympics. They’d missed the spots in 1992 and 2004 however these blips didn’t coincide with a normal collapse for the nationwide staff and federation.
The Selecao are sixth in South American qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and Neymar has been out with a critical knee damage since October. Final 12 months, Brazil misplaced a house fixture in World Cup qualifying for the primary time ever (1-0 to Argentina on the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro). Additionally they misplaced at Uruguay and Colombia within the round-robin competitors after two poor performances.
The senior staff will return to motion in March with friendlies towards England and Spain.
There have been own-goals by the administration as effectively. Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF), the nationwide federation, president Ednaldo Rodrigues courted Actual Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti for a very long time and made an official announcement as effectively. Till the Italian opted to remain put in Spain whereas Brazil appointed Dorival Junior as the brand new supervisor.
Earlier coach Tite stepped down after Brazil misplaced within the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup, and the staff had been led by Fernando Diniz on an interim foundation final 12 months.
The frustration of seeing Argentina win the 2022 World Cup in addition to the final Copa America has solely added to Brazil’s embarrassment and the strain on Dorival.
“Brazil wasted a full 12 months in preparations as a result of we waited for a high coach (Ancelotti) who had signed no contract with us,” stated former Brazil left-back Júnior. “We burned a promising coach, Fernando Diniz, simply so he may very well be interim for a 12 months. The time to repair all this for the following World Cup may be very brief.”
Then Brazil confronted the danger of suspension by FIFA after Ednaldo returned to helm the organisation regardless of being eliminated by the Rio de Janeiro Courtroom of Justice.
As Federal Supreme Courtroom minister Gilmar Mendes ordered Rodrigues’ return to workplace, FIFA additionally clarified that sanctions wouldn’t be positioned. His full case is but to be reviewed and is dealing with requires resignation.
(with inputs from AP)
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