Brazil showed the world the power of determination when they won their first ever gold medal in the men’s event in a football tournament at an Olympic Games.
The story is very inspiring, and a nice fairly tale especially with the initial stumbles. The country is now hoping this will translate to a better fate for the senior team currently facing troubles.
After the 1-1 draw in the final on Saturday, the Olympic team coach Rogerio Micale said: “This is a contribution to the national team but the situations are different.” Brazil knocked out their German opponents in a revenge after losing 7-1 at home in the semi final of the last World Cup on home soil, albeit on the senior level.
“It is a seed, the players are young so that is an excellent sign for the future,” Micale added hoping the success will translate to better fortunes for the faltering senior team. However, that future begins on Monday with the national team boss Tite naming his first squad for World Cup qualifiers in Ecuador. Brazil are poised to face the south American country on September 1, before hosting Colombia the following week.
The victory gives the world football superpower something to smile about after lot of issues. Aside the World Cup embarrassment, they place sixth in the qualifiers, with a possibility of missing the next World Cup in two years. Football in Peru might not be as popular, yet Peru knocked them out from the Copa America this year, after they faltered last year as well. The women team lost the semi final at the Olympics, before losing the Bronze medal game as well. Brazil finally have something to celebrate in football after a long time, but they are hoping it won’t stop soon.
“We can look to the future with more confidence and more pride. Brazilian football is not dead, we can achieve great things in the future,” Micale added.