Brazil World Cup
Giselle Oliveira is a One Young World Ambassador running the impactful Eyes of the Street / Olhares da rua project that is
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.