Via Henrique Nardi, an analysis of Brazil's defeat to Germany, from the point of view of German players and drawing parallels to the German team of ~2000. Interesting initial thoughts on the problems lingering around the national team: football at the World Cup level has evolved at a faster pace than our national team has. Team cohesion and tactics are more important than individual bodily-kinesthetic skills than ever, and lack of it is starting to show. We risk being left behind in a new era of professionalism and pragmatism. It doesn't necessarily mean ugly football; it means efficient football, cooler heads, and focus.
Interesting, too, that this saves as a perfect metaphor for many of the other problems Brazil faces as a nation. Are we going to come out of this as a nation admitting our own weaknesses, and with a resolution, a plan, and the strength to put those into effect, or just stumble upon disjointed efforts of witch hunting, name calling, and magical solutions? Crossroads for whoever wants to see it.