Teams of the Decade #15: Brazil, 2009

January 20, 2010

This Brazil side (with slight replacements in certain positions) has already been covered on this site, so it’s probably better for me to just link to the original article I wrote, although this focussed upon Brazil’s friendly against England, rather than the Confederations Cup side the Confederations Cup-winning players on the left.

That side was the focus of an absolutely superb piece by Jonathan Wilson which summed up the argument about the side better than I could ever do – was it a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield, or a European-style 4-2-3-1?

Hopefully you’ll be able to understand how the side works from reading Mr Wilson’s analysis, and then understand why I think it works so well from reading my piece.

The side has been criticized as being Brazil’s weakest for years on paper, but it actually works extremely well in practice. They’re World Cup favourites for a reason.

Teams of the Decade #15: Brazil, 2009

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