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Brazil Reacts To National Soccer Team's All-Time Low In FIFA Rankings

posted 7 Jun 2013, 16:23 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 7 Jun 2013, 16:24 ]

Brazilian football react to the national team's fall to 22nd in the FIFA rankings.

RIO DE JANEIROBRAZIL  (REUTERS) -  Five-time world champions Brazil plummeted further down the FIFA rankings as they hit a record low of 22nd place on Thursday (June 6), leaving them sandwiched between Ghana and Mali.

Brazil's record has been lacklustre recently, with four draws in their last six games.

In their most recent match, they tied with England 2-2 in the historic reopening of the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The pressure is mounting for team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari who coached thenational team to its last World Cup victory in 2002. Scolari will have a chance to prove himself when Brazil hosts the Confederations Cup June 15 to 30.

Brazilian national team world champion from 1970, Jair Ventura Filho, or Jairzinhoas he is commonly known, remembers the depth of players in his era and the confidence his coach Mario Zagallo had in placing multiple "number 10s" all on the same team. Number 10 being the number generally bestowed on the best player on a given team.

"Zagallo put four number 10's on the team with confidence, and four number 10's that in that era made the difference in Brazilian football. They were Jairzinho of Botafogo, Pele of Santos, Rivelino of the Corinthians, Tostao of Cruzeiro, and Gerson of Sao Paulo. There was a crop of players, with more to spare. Who do you have today? Who is the big star of Brazilian football? The Brazilian name,"Jairzinho said.

Brazil will qualify automatically for next year's World Cup as hosts and has spent the last two years playing only friendlies, which earn fewer points under the complex calculation system.

Team manager of local club team Botafogo, Sidney Loureiro, said an effective team has a philosophy and a plan.

"We can't play football night and day. It's necessary to have time to manage football, implement a work philosophy, a philosophy of the game, a methodology of the game, and we need time. And even more, the Brazilian team needs to train, not just meet to play," Loureiro said.

There was no change in the top four of FIFA's rankings with GermanyArgentinaand Croatia trailing Spain.

Women's soccer player Rayanne Machado, who plays both for club team Botafogo and Brazil's national under 20 team, thinks it comes down to a lack of teamwork and familiarity with one another.

"Spain's team has players that all play together, they know each other. It's always the same closed group, and this doesn't work much in football. They know how to play together over there (Spain) and that helps a lot. Brazil lacks some of this. We lack more players that know how to play, who is on their other side, what he is going to right as he is going to do it. This helps so much in football," Machado said.

Brazil will have a chance to get its bearings on Sunday (June 9) when it facesFrance in another friendly in Brazil's southern city of Porto Alegre.