His first test was a friendly against the USA in early August which Brazil won 2-0. He continued in similar fashion to lead Brazil to a 3-0 win against Iran in another friendly before completing his treble yesterday when they beat Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine 2-0.
Menezes did away with Dunga’s defensive coaching style to opt for a more free flowing approach. It is safe to say that it is working and has also given the fans something to celebrate about.
With the Copa America scheduled for next year, many are asking whether Brazil have what it takes to successfully defend their title. The 43rd edition of this tournament will be held in Argentina from July 3rd to July 24th 2011.
As the official tournament for all South American countries, Brazil will be up against heavy weights Agrentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Colombia. The last edition of this tournament was in 2007 when Venezula hosted the event.
In that tournament, Robinho was the top scorer and best player. A lot was expected from the team ahead of the world Cup with many believing that the then coach Dunga was the right man for the job. That of course did not work out as planned.
This time around there is an air of optimism in the South American nation after Menezes selected some of the country’s best talent to mould and prepare them for the 20014 World Cup.
Mexico and Japan have been invited as participants for the 2011 event to increase the level of competition. This tournament will be the first real test for Menezes and Brazil. Should they win it then they will be one step closer to achieving the country’s dream of winning the World Cup on home soil. However, hosts Argentina can not be ruled out. I’d want to believe that Brazil can go all the way however, the remaining 11 nations won’t be walkovers. But then again if Menezes maintains this form then they could win their 9th title.
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