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Big Phil Returns With Big Dreams

Big Phil Returns With Big Dreams

With a little less than three (3) months before the highly anticipated 2014 World Cup, Marco Polo Del Nero, Vice President of Brazil’s national football organization, extended his support to Luiz Felipe Scolari to continue managing the squad regardless of how they will perform in the upcoming event.


Del Nero described “Big Phil” as a “great person” and that it will be nice if he will continue to manage the team even after the World Cup.


Big Phil’s return

Managing Brazil is not new to Scolari. When the tournament was first held in Asia in 2002, it was him who led the Selecaos to their 5th silverware.


But the limelight slowly turned away from him and saw the comeback of Carlos Alberto Parreira as well as the emergence of new managers such as Dunga and Mano Menezes.
After more than a decade of wait and following a lackluster performance under Menezes’ era, Scolarti was called again to manage the club.


The expectations

Changing and recalling managers is nothing extraordinary for Brazil. But each time a manager returns, higher expectations are thrown to the squad’s new head honcho. Scolari, of course, is not exempt from this ordeal.


Majority of the possibilities expected from his side is a reconstruction of a torn squad—an astounding take-off from what Menezes did.


One of them was “restoring Brazil’s wide play—something which will only materialize if more freedom were given to fullbacks and the return of Hernanes and Ronaldinho.


What really happened, from the Confederations Cup and beyond

But of course, as with the arrival of a new coach, some expected changes came to life, while others remained hidden inside the closet. Yet, what is more important is the ones deemed pivotal to the title race.
Under Scolari’s wing, Brazil went back to the 4-2-3-1 formation, which gave the squad the kind of freedom to move around while building a massive defensive and offensive attacking scheme.


The Marcelo-Dani Alves duo opens great opportunities for Luiz to excel at the middle.

Similarly, the tandem that Luiz Gustavo and Paulinho have, creates a seemingly invincible shield to those who dare to attack.


Neymar, who is seen as one of the future of Brazilian football, is tasked to handle the playmaking responsibilities of the squad.


And true enough, the changes that Big Phil orchestrated led to a trophy in the Confederations Cup—a successful feat, which brought a lot of promise and a peak at the possible weaknesses that can knock out Spain from the list of World Cup betting favorites.


Maintaining the rhythm

Proving its naysayers wrong, Scolari has yet another dilemma to confront. The Confederations Cup success may eclipse the real battle that awaits the participants. The squad faces the risk of maintaining their aggressive stand in the competition and the fatigue brought by the trainings involved in their respective domestic squads along with their cumbersome travels with the international team, may generate fatigue, at worst, injuries prior to the actual event.


Perhaps there is indeed, some truth in this aspect. But then again with the squad’s triumph in a friendly against South Africa, it is evident that Big Phil shows no signs of slowing down.


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