For international football, the conclusion to be drawn from finding 11,809 people turning out to watch a cheap game featuring Gareth Bale in any way encouraging is not a promising one. With clubs long since deserting national sides and players following suit, even the fans have now begun to abandon it too.
With fan discontent heating up the feud between president Dilma Rousseff's sports minister Aldo Rebelo and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) the CBF has put leadership of the national team in play by renewing the contract of coach Mano Manezes into calendar year 2014 but not to coach the Samba Boys for the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Scotland's failure to qualify for an international tournament in the last 14 years is not a national embarrassment. Nonetheless, the Scottish team, continually ridiculed, will find it difficulty to qualify for the World Cup. Euro qualification will become easier with the increased size of that tournament, but the World Cup may not be seen by the Tartan Army for many years.