For a generation who grew up on Brazilian dominance, watching them reach the final in three consecutive World Cups between 1994 and 2002, the current absence of talent is jarring. Every country goes through troughs in performance to balance out the peaks, but Brazil's has been going on for an uncomfortably long time now.
A project was launched this weekend across 13 favelas, including Mare, to look at the impact of this militarisation of favelas on young, black people living there. Many spoke of the difficulty living in places where violence is a daily reality - and it seems that hopes of peace are a long way off.
No, it's about protest, torture and death. Sport is just the backdrop. Starting with ... the Brazil Olympics in 2016 (yes, you're probably already counting the days). Given the widespread protests against the Brazil World Cup this summer, I can only suppose that there'll be further demonstrations against the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when they roll into view the year after next.
Fifa has to face up to the decision-making processes which are routinely scrutinised and alleged to be dishonest or improperly influenced. In the last four years, four members of its Executive Committee have been forced out on the basis of suspicions of bribery. For such a large and important global organisation, such negative perceptions are unsustainable.
Brazil have quite some way to go to attempt to make amends for this years world cup disaster. The 7-1 loss to Germany pretty much devalued every player on the pitch so badly that memes of Mourinho's hands full of cash and laughing hit the web insinuating his pleasure at selling off David Luiz pre World Cup.
Brazilians were promised winning the bid for the World Cup and Olympics wouldn't be at the financial detriment to the country. In fact, they were told the usual spiel about how it would actually benefit the country with the income both events would generate. But things haven't quite worked out as planned.
The headlines during the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup were dominated by the number of absent high profile stars, those failing to recover from injury in-time to compete in what many consider to be the pinnacle of their playing career.
The World Cup in Brazil was undoubtedly the best of its kind in recent memory... Despite the dazzling spectacle, you may be shocked to find out that a number of world-class players did not even make it to this summer's tournament. Here is a starting XI made up out of the best players that did not play at Brazil 2014.
It speaks volumes about Lionel Messi's talents that the World Cup he has just enjoyed could still be considered such a catastrophic failure in so many quarters... Fans cried out that there were plenty of others more deserving of the gong... but Messi has to contend with the expectations his performances over the years have built up.
Brazil 2014 started with a bang and a flurry of group game goals, though the tournament somewhat petered out in the knockout stages as nerves and disjointed football took hold... here is a list of three other sides who failed to impress in Brazil, but should be a lot stronger during the next World Cup in Russia.
While only Müller features in WhoScored's highest rated XI of the tournament, that says more about the quality of Joachim Löw's side as a collective rather than relying on individual displays to guide them to glory.
Brazil's tournament has been heralded as the most social competition ever, a haven for brands and sports agencies looking to score big with their marketing... Of all those rivalries, one has been discussed more than any other - Adidas versus Nike.
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been thrilling right from the first whistle ... Here are the top four countries whose reputation and status on the international stage has experienced a drastic improvement.
The main problem holding England back at international level may well be a slight lack in overall technical quality, but it does not have to be the reason that England continue to fail so miserably... an extra effort and more drive should see them able to bridge the gap to the very top of world football.
Tired of hearing the praise heaped upon Robin van Persie for that header against Spain? Fed up with analysis about how Manuel Neuer has perfected the art of the 'sweeper-keeper', or the inspired performances of Javier Mascherano in the 2014 World Cup? Here we assess the failures, disappointments, and downright dunces of football's showpiece in Brazil.
Even before the final figures have been confirmed, it is already clear that the 2014 World Cup played in Brazil was a success... Despite Brazil missing out on the title, the success of the competition has been sufficient for FIFA to consider bringing another World Cup to South America.