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A Seleção’s Hope Lies In Its Silva Lining

A Seleção’s Hope Lies In Its Silva Lining

There is more to being Brazil’s team captain that makes Thiago Silva an indispensible asset in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad. Certainly, he is one of the team’s most reliable fortresses that could possibly hand them the most-coveted World Cuop silverware.


Described as the so-called “complete defender,” the 29-year old team captain of Brazil and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) is known for his seemingly flawless and flexible playing style that can easily suit or adapt to any tactical shifts on the pitch. In return, he guarantees that his team dominates possession, which, if readily converted, could mean more goals and eventually, victory.


Perhaps, what many are unaware of is that Silva is one of the shortlisted candidates in the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or. His inclusion is not very surprising though.


Throughout his playing career, the defender has never failed to impress. From Fluminese to AC Milan to PSG and now to Brazil, he brings a wide-range of experience that can boost the squad’s morale most especially in high-pressured encounters. And certainly, the World Cup matches are one of them.


During the Confederations Cup, Silva played a central role in helping his squad keep clean sheets. He is the soul, the very own core of the Brazilian defence. His importance is beyond question. Certain commentaries even stated that Brazil can let go of the talismanic Neymar, but not Silva. As a matter of fact, even the retired football star and former England captain, David Beckham, described Silva as the best defender in the world. And indeed, Silva will continue to defend, not until A Seleção is named as football king.


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