Brazil 1×2 Holland 2 July 2010: Brazil out of the World Cup

July 2, 2010 at 15:32 26 comments

It all turns sour for Kaká and Brazil

Holland came from behind to dump Brazil out of the World Cup in Port Elizabeth earlier today. Dunga’s men controlled most of the first-half and had taken the lead through Robinho after a superb pass from Felipe Melo. Rated by many in Europe but highly criticized in his own country, the Juventus player looked set to steer the South Americans into the semis. But Melo and Brazil went from heroes to zeros in the second period. Keeper, Julio César, had perhaps his worst game in a Brazil shirt. He collided into Melo and the ball flew into César’s net for a Dutch equalizer. Unaccustomed to trailing, Brazil lost their composure and conceded another when Sneijder was left unmarked inside the area.  Felipe Melo was then sent off for trying to hack the ball away from Robben as the Dutchman was on the ground.  As the game slipped away, Dunga’s only response was to bring on Nilmar for Luís Fabiano but the Villarreal man hardly got a touch. 2-1 the final score.

The defeat was probably Dunga’s last game in charge. Jeered by thousands of Brazil fans when he first took control, the coach turned his side into a highly efficient outfit that could control a game and come away with a result. But the match versus Holland was the South American’s first real test in the World Cup finals and Brazil were exposed for what they are: a decent defensive side with some match winners but lacking the creativity, the personal, and the tactical nous to turn games around.

Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 so there’s plenty of time now for a rethink and a rebuild and perhaps a return to the type of game we all associate with the yellow and greens. Much will depend on who takes charge (assuming Dunga makes way).

After failing in South Africa, one would hope that this signals the end of the type of approach we saw under Dunga. That means the CBF have to avoid appointing the likes of Muricy Ramalho and Mano Menezes who have been successful at club level but have largely shunned the attacking style of football we all love to see Brazilians playing.

Brazil 1×2 Holland


Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lúcio, Juan, Michel Bastos (Gilberto), Gilberto Silva, Felipe Melo, Daniel Alves, Kaká, Robinho, Luis Fabiano (Nilmar).
Coach: Dunga

Holland: Stekelenburg, Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Ooijer, Van Bronckhorst, Van Bommel, De Jong, Sneijder, Kuyt, Van Persie, Robben.
Coach: Bert Van Marwijk

Goals: Robinho, 10; Felipe Melo (OG), 53; Sneijder, 67

Yellow cards: Heitinga, Van der Wiel, De Jong, Ooijer (Holland); Michel Bastos (Brazil).

Red card: Felipe Melo (Brazil)

Venue: Nelson Mandela stadium

Officials: Yuichi Nishimura, Toru Sagara, (both Japan), Jeong Hae-Sang (South Korea)


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  • 1. robdog  |  July 3, 2010 at 02:00

    Don’t blame the styles of Dunga, Muricy Ramalho, and Mano Menezes for Brazil’s failures. Blame the player selection. Maybe this wasn’t a match for Felipe Melo to be featured. Apparently the pressure got to him.

  • 2. Daniel  |  July 3, 2010 at 06:53

    Summed it up for me! Taking fabiano off when brasil where desperate for a goal????

  • 3. jay  |  July 3, 2010 at 08:39

    Actually, credit the Dutch with a very clever game plan. They altered their usual style of play to the physical equivalent of trash-talking, and got inside the Brazilians’ heads.

    The individual player match-ups by the second half took precedence over the Brazilian team focus, to the point where Melo stamped on Robben out of frustration.

    There are many ways to win a game, and the Dutch figured out that the way to get by Brazil was not to out-play them physically, which they probably could not do… but to outwit them. The Dutch made the game a series of personal shirt-pulling, shoving, pushing match-ups, and the Brazilians fell for it, by pushing back instead of playing their game.

    It’s the same way that Italy beat France, last time around.

    Proof once more, at least for me, that championship-level sport is firstly a mental challenge, more than an athletic one.

    If Brazil need to change anything, it’s to understand that they win by playing THEIR game, not the other team’s. Bluntly, they lost their cool… and paid dearly for it. They need to learn to play with more self-awareness, in my opinion.

    Had this team been more self-aware, they would have realized the Dutch tactic, and ignored the taunts, challenges, and annoyances to retain their focus as a team.

  • 4. The Dutch Lion  |  July 3, 2010 at 10:25

    Excuse me,
    Melo was not send of because of trying to hack the ball from Robben while he was on the ground but because of putting deliberately his shoe into Robben’s leg while he layed on the ground. Frustration maybe, but unprofessional and he really put the Brasil team in disadvantage by this. With one goal behind and ten players left the Brasil team had a too difficult yob in trying to make the goal. The Dutch team controlled the game and didn’t gave the Brasil team the chance to come back anymore. If the Dutch strikers would have been a little bit more sharp they could have easily made two more goals because of the space Brasil had to gave away. The first half hour Brasil was superior, the Dutch really didn’t had an answer and made to many mistakes.
    Brasil could have finished it off then but failed to do it. The last part of the first half Orange became more organised. During the break the Dutch team really repacked themselves while the Brasil players probably thought the victorie was already theirs. Never underestimate Orange! Brasil didn’t had an answer to the rise of the Dutch team in the second half. Wesley Sneider said it before the game; ‘their goalkeeper Cesar is a briljant linekeeper but not a hero with high balls in front of the goal.’ (they are teammembers by Inter as you know).
    So thats what Sneider did with the first goal. No luck but clever. The second goal out of the corner; this is a specific situation the Dutch practised a lot. First the bal on the head of player a little away from the goal who has to extend the ball in front of the goal. This is much more hard for defenders to anticipate on.
    No luck but well played.
    Brasil has win 5 W.C. and always has briljant players but not to forget this small country in Europe with a rich history in football, footballplayers and how to play the game.
    This time “The Invincible” is beaten by “The Arrogant” (both meant in a possitive manner).
    The Dutch already said it before the start of the tournament; Orange is eager for gold this time!
    And Brasil… we will wait for your rise in 2014.

    • 5. pitacodogringo  |  July 3, 2010 at 10:43

      quite right Dutch Lion – Melo went for stamping on Robben

  • 6. Daniel  |  July 3, 2010 at 12:12

    Fair points dutch lion,I coudnt see the brazilians lifting the cup and basically you guys undone them.Germany v holland final how does that sound for you?

  • 7. The Dutch Lion  |  July 3, 2010 at 21:09

    First there is the semi final.
    Uruguay is not to be underestimated aswell.
    They have very tough defenders, and Forlan is really a very good player. 2008/2009 he was incredible for Atletico Madrid and also this recent year they win the European League with two goals from Forlan.
    I am quite happy Suarez is not playing because of his new carreer as goalkeeper :-). He is a striker from Ajax and in Holland I see him week after week making goals. The Orangeteam have to play against Uruguay with a lot of movement because Uruguay will defend. They are not strong in making the game themselves.
    If the Dutch succeed in moving the
    ball quickly around the Uruguay defense will break sooner or later.
    To do this is there first target.
    And then..
    Germany and Spain both play good football. They both want to make the game and play nice combination football with the intention to attack.
    I hope they will tear eachother apart (in a positive way) and lose a lot of physical strenght in that game.

    Ok, let’s asume the Orangeteam and Germay both make it to the final.
    The Dutch know the Germans very well. Actually the Germans adapted the Dutch playingstyle. Several players of the German national team are playing for Bayern Munchen and the hand of their Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is visible in the playing of Germay. Already in the nineties German coaches game to Holland to study our football youth education. The German team now also has a lot of different mixed nationalities, Podolski and Klose (half Polisch), Boateng (half Ghanees), even a player half Brasil and another half Nigeriaan. So they have a dancing team with German mentality. Quite something yes. You saw it against Argentina. They didn’t had a chance against this Germay . Also because Maradona placed just one midfieldplayer against the strong German midfield. Incomprehensible!
    But the Germans fear the Orange Lions. They know us aswell.
    The Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel is the architect and leader in the Bayern team, champion from Germay, so is the Dutch striker Arjen Robben. The played the championsleague final against Inter, Wesley Sneider. And now these Dutch players united in one team.
    Not so appealing for the Germans
    The Dutch can also play the same style as the Germans because it’s our natural style but it’s also a dangerous because you are funurable with the space you give away while attacking.
    This time for the Dutch the result is the most important, not the beautifull playing the Orangeteam is wellknow for. The Dutch will leave that to the Germans this time and play a bit the style they normally play.
    A Dutch reporter said there is good news and bad news.
    First the bad news. The Orangeteam will not become ‘Wereldkampioen’.
    The good news is; The Orangeteam will become ‘Weltmeister’!

  • 8. Pedro  |  July 3, 2010 at 22:49

    For me the whole things came down to composure. We saw Brasil begin to lose composure during the Côte d’Ivoire game when they reacted to strong challenges as they were being goaded by the Côte d’Ivoire players late in the game. Perhaps the Dutch saw this and any Brasilian challenge was met with a wonderful dive. Fabiano was being hacked and elbowed at every opportunity. In these types of games you have to keep composure. You have to clearly understand what the opponent is trying to do. The Brasilians were on edge and you can’t play effectively that way.

    This game was Brasil’s to lose. Brasil gifted this game to the Dutch.

    To the Dutch, good luck against the Germans. They won’t be so generous.

  • 9. The Dutch Lion  |  July 4, 2010 at 06:48

    You are right Pedro,
    a team should keep it together at all times. De Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk focus is, “also if you play less of a game you have to keep your head cool and drag the victory in.
    That’s what happened. I don’t think Brasil gifted the game, I think the Dutch dragged it out of there hands. And to say that the Orange players all the time went for a dive is not fair. The Brasilplayers also know how to kick in. Robben took a lot off real offence against him with as ‘highlight’ Melo’s action.
    True, the Germans are fierce fighters and normally don’t give away anything. It’s like the famous Austrian player and coach Ernst Happel said;
    ‘You just can say you beat the Germans at the moment their bus with players is driving off from the stadion’s parkingplace’
    Good luck to Spain!

  • 10. Daniel  |  July 4, 2010 at 07:48

    Robben does love a dive!

  • 11. The Dutch Lion  |  July 4, 2010 at 10:05

    True, but less than in his days with Chelsea. More professional dives now! But really, also a lot of defenders try to kick him under the ground. All good strikers have to face this all the time (from all teams and countries) Marco van Basten still has a problem with his ankle from all the kicks he had to bare with. Playing tough and on the edge to win the game sometimes is a must, but to deliberately injure a person is a bridge too far, I think. Some Dutch players also now how to do that. And I really can’t appriciate that!

  • 12. jzlim11  |  July 5, 2010 at 05:14

    It takes me three days to get over the defeat to Netherlands. I was totally shut down and speechless. Congratualations to Netherlands!! They deserved the victory. After second half, they were different team, they fighted for the midfield possession and wait for Brazil to make mistake. And Brazil handed a stupid own goal and free header. After Netherlands second goal, Brazil looked totally lost and disorganised even still got times for equaliser.

    Ok. Now this world cup will become another history. We look forward after this defeat. Let check back our future Selecao stars in the past U17 and U20 world cup. U17!? First round casualty. U20!? Lost to nine man Ghana team in the final. Look at the current Germany team. So young and the foremost they will have the world cup experience with such a young age. Next world cup most of thier first team players will just be around 24 or 25. The coach has transformed the slow defensive Germany into fast attacking energetic team. Learn it.

    I have no doubt on Brazil’s attacking talent. What i am worrying is the defence. We need a Xavi type of defensive midfielder which can help to initiate the attacking. Don’t just depend on one single player. Look what happened at Kaka.

    Brazil have so many talents all around. The most important is not how many star players in the team. For me is to get all the star players to play like a team. Now we looking forward to the new chapter of national team. Hopefully the next world cup will be Brazil’s Hexa.

    Thank you so much Jon for this excellent blog. Keep up the good work. I really appreciate it. I think Brazil next match will be the friendly match against USA right!? Can’t wait for the new Brazil.

    And finally next world cup please ask Pele to shut up his fxxking mouth!!!

  • 13. The Dutch Lion  |  July 5, 2010 at 06:51

    Yeh jzlim11, I can imagine it takes some days to recover if you support the Brasilteam.
    Actually I also had to recover a few days, but from the victory!
    You can see how much I written. In a winning mood you want to spread the word. After the (penalties) lost semi-final against Brasil in 1998 this was the time for Orange to strike back, one way or the other. But I have no doubt Brasil will be stronger than ever on their own ground in 2014. This experience of defeat against Holland now will become an advantage in 2014 for the Brasilteam. Their mentality will be different. Even if you have the best players in the world you have to give everything and fight to overcome strong teams. 90% is not enough.
    Their are no weak teams on a W.C.
    Only strong teams and stronger teams.
    So I am already nervous for tomorrow Orange against Uruguay. Orange will be the favorite team for the victory tomorrow.
    But that was Brasil friday also!

  • 14. Daniel  |  July 5, 2010 at 13:52

    Come on uruguay!! For south american football and the underdogs!

  • 15. The Dutch Lion  |  July 5, 2010 at 19:36

    Just for the statistics, the first goal against Brasil is not booked as own goal. Saturday the FIFA decided that it’s made by Sneijder. I’ve heard that Felipe Melo had to run from the airport because of angry fans. That’s really something

  • 16. Daniel  |  July 6, 2010 at 14:54

    Fifa are rubbish, every decision sepp blatter makes backfires how can you not bring in video technology for the referees

  • 17. Mike2000  |  July 8, 2010 at 12:57

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Unfortunately there are not many of us that can do that. It doesn’t mean we won’t try…

  • 18. The Dutch Lion  |  July 8, 2010 at 17:31

    almost everybody agrees on that. But something will change, after what happened to England they can no longer shut their eyes for it

  • 19. The Dutch Lion  |  July 9, 2010 at 16:27

    Daniel, now there is no final between Holland and Germany.
    Such a long reply I’ve written about it a week ago!

  • 20. Daniel Powell  |  July 9, 2010 at 19:47

    was a shame i don’t think you guys get on that well.. would have been feisty!! remember rudi voeller and frank rijkaard?

  • 21. The Dutch Lion  |  July 10, 2010 at 11:17

    Just being enthusiastic that’s all. And I remember. That was something! Frank Rijkaard later admitted he was wrong and apologized for spiting, Rudi Voller accepted. Actually they quite respected eachother as players. Years later they joined a tv advertisment for biscuit rusk together on Dutch tv.
    Tomorrow the final. The nice thing is that neither Spain or Holland has ever been worldchampion. No Brasil , Italy, Argentina or Germany this time! It’s said that Spain is the better team on paper. But I’ve read some funny comments somewere;
    ‘The game is not played on paper but on grass.’ True! Anything can happen in a final! And offcourse I put my money at Orange.

  • 22. Daniel  |  July 10, 2010 at 17:58

    Jon, any whispers on who may get the brasil job? Surely someone who wants to do things the brasil way, where do these negative brazilian coaches crop up from when you have so much quality at your disposal.I just knew that once he announced the squad that they weren’t capable of winning it just seemed short of the quality dunga could have picked! Banking on an unfit kaka is be fair dunga had a good record and did well until it really mattered which was a shame.brasil has to go back to being brasil, I’d rather see them win 6-4 then there football over the last couple of years.

    • 23. pitacodogringo  |  July 10, 2010 at 18:18

      saw today that the CBF have apparently narrowed it down to Muricy Ramalho and Mano Menezes!!!!!!!!!!! god help Brazil if that’s true hahaha

  • 24. The Dutch Lion  |  July 11, 2010 at 18:23

    Thats all folks.
    Gongratulations to Spain.
    Now we know that it’s not only bulls they can fight but also lions.
    If you support your team in winning than also in losing.
    No bad word you will hear from me about the Orange team.
    We lost and are crying orange tears but we will welcome the team as hero’s in Amsterdam coming tuesday.
    You will meet The Dutch Lions again in 2014!
    Prepare yourself!
    And now excuse me, I need a drink (maybe two)

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