Brazil excited as a team, not just through one man.

” Arsenal are reportedly interested in a ?35million move for Ajax’s David Neres. Neres has caught the eye with the Dutch club this season with 12 goals and 15 assists. 2 David Neres has been a star for Ajax this season His brilliant goal got Ajax back level in their Champions League quarter-final first leg with Juventus on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old also scored in their 4-1 thrashing of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the last-16 of the competition. According to The Telegraph, Arsenal have already begun negotiations with Ajax over a potential deal. 2 Neres is wanted by some of the top clubs in Europe The Gunners are not the only Premier League club who are thought to be interested in the Brazilian winger.

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Borussia Dortmund could also renew their interest for Neres as they saw a bid for the Ajax star rejected in January. His contract does not run out until 2022 but he is expected to leave Holland this summer. ” ” 1 Big Phil Scolari’s Brazil don’t seem to be capturing the minds of neutrals like previous incarnations In the build-up to tonight’s World Cup semi-final clash between Brazil and Germany, it feels like something has changed.

In the past, it was safe to assume that the South Americans were everyone’s ‘other’ team at the World Cup. Brazil’s host of world class players and thrilling style of football combined with the distinctive yellow shirt captured the minds of neutrals, but is that still the case today? talkSPORT asks if our love affair with Brazil has ended… Is Brazil’s star fading among neutrals?

A team with a yellow shirt certainly seemed to capture our hearts at this tournament, but it was Colombia, not the host-nation. Neymar’s injury hasn’t only ended his World Cup, it has also stripped Brazil of their one truly unpredictable player, the one with magic in his boots, the forward who dragged his team along by the throat with brilliance throughout.

With the Barcelona man out, the Selecao lack someone capable of exciting to the extent of Pele, Romario or Ronaldo, and that hasn’t helped their standing in the eyes of the viewing public. In the past, Brazil were more than just Pele, Romario or Ronaldo of course. Talismans they may have been, but they were also supported by the likes of Rivelino and Jairzinho, of Bebeto, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo or Ronaldo.

The so-called ‘supporting cast’ were world class players in the highest bracket in their own right. Brazil excited as a team, not just through one man. If any player had an off day, or even an injury, others could step up and perform to the same level. The prospect of Fred or Hulk doing the same seems much less realistic.

Not only is the superstar count down, but the memories of Brazilian glory are dulling. Over a decade has passed since Brazil last won the World Cup, and the far more conservative approach adopted by subsequent coaches in the latter half of that period has made it more difficult to excuse their failings. Brazil may have lost in France in 1998, but they lost playing exciting, attacking football.

Dunga’s horrible attempt at efficiency in the 2010 edition of the World Cup leaves no such memories of glorious failure for us all to look back on, and while Phil Scolari has at least fixed the results, aesthetically there hasn’t been a huge improvement. It’s worth asking what was the last genuinely exciting Brazil team at a World Cup?

Probably the 2006 version, where Ronaldinho, Adriano, Kaka and veterans like Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos produced the kind of moments of magic we associate with the famous yellow shirt. Crashing out at the quarter-final stage was likely more important to Brazilians than the nice football on show, but the latter is what sticks with the neutrals, and it’s something distinctly lacking from the current outfit.

Perhaps there’s also a desire for Brazil to stay within touching distance of the other nations – a hope that they can’t open up too big a gap on the chasing pack. A sixth World Cup win would give them double the number of Germany, and open up a two tournament gap on nearest rivals Italy. It doesn’t matter how much neutrals love a team, if they win too much, they eventually turn on them – just look at the backlash against Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in the latter stages of his reign.

We love teams that look invincible, we like them less when they actually prove to be that. Perhaps it’s the lack of superstar players, the style of play, the threat of becoming too dominant, or a combination of all three elements, but it certainly feels like opinions are split on Brazil this time around. The neutrals who do want them to win the tournament seem to desire it more for the Selecao’s passionate supporters than for the thrills they’ve produced on the pitch.

Perhaps if the Canarinho can learn to loosen up once more, we’ll learn to love them again. Do you agree? Are less neutrals supporting Brazil than before, and if so, why? Let us know your thoughts below… “

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