Some Windy Trees - #1, Annapurna region (Lower Mustang, Nepal), 2010
Kinda looks like a dinosaur
An Artist In Every Sense Of The Word
This was hands down the greatest World Cup ever, even though the final still burns, one can only ask the question: What if Ronaldo was fit and 100% healthy for this game? they conceded 3, but a goal from the opposition can change the entire flow of the game.
Brasil has released their squad for the Confederations Cup (starting in a month)
Brazil squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup: Julio Cesar (QPR), Jefferson (Botafogo), Diego Cavalieri (Fluminense), Thiago Silva (PSG), Réver (Atlético-MG), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Jean (Fluminense), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atlético Madrid), Fernando (Grêmio), Hernanes (Lazio), Luiz Gustavo (Bayern), Paulinho (Corinthians), Jadson (São Paulo), Oscar (Chelsea), Lucas (PSG), Hulk (Zenit), Bernard (Atlético-MG), Leandro Damião (Internacional), Fred (Fluminense) Neymar (Santos)
So Ronaldinho and Kaka didn’t make the cut, and as much as I would love to have them there, I think it’s a good decision. Mainly because the young Seleção need this tournament to pretty much prepare for the World Cup next year. And although the experience of those great legends will be missed, they have to work on this core that they have assembled; Neymar, Lucas, Leandro, who to me need to take a chapter from the ‘98 team and apply it to their situation. Neymar and Lucas especially need to achieve similar chemistry as that which Ronaldo and Rivaldo used to have. Neymar is 21, and although much hype surrounds him, he hasn’t proven anything yet and honestly I don’t think he’s ready yet. But I hope he proves me wrong, I really want to see the samba kings back at the top, I’m still bitter about the past 2 world cups.
Ronaldo at 21 was already the world’s greatest player, dominating Europe and leading his teams with great individual brilliance as well as playing within the team system. I wish to see Neymar take steps towards that this competition, and I hope Big Phil, Felipe Scolari works his magic to achieve that.
One disappointment for me though is the exclusion of Coutinho, I feel he doesn’t get enough love for his creativity in the midfield, but hopefully he makes the World Cup squad.
Also, Fred…I don’t care how many flukey goals you score, I still hate you..thanks for the goals in advance because I know you like to score every time I hate on you to shut me up, but I still hate you!