Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Brazil 1982 with Careca, etc

Brazil 1982 in Spain

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Many considered Brazil 1982 as one of the greatest teams that had never won the World Cup.  The team played with elegance and style. They were the most exhilarating team in the history of the game.  While there were many factors behind Brazil's early exit in Spain, many people unfairly blamed the failure of Brazil 1982 on their starting striker Serginho Chulapa and sometimes goalkeeper Waldir Peres.

Unlike his teammates, Serginho Chulapa lacked the refined skills that made Samba football magical. He was known as the weak link among the Brazilian outfielders.  However, the team that we saw in Spain was actually missing its original starter: Careca.

Careca who would go on to star at Mexico 1986 was injured right before the tournament. Besides Careca, Tele Santana also did not select Reinaldo who was often considered to be the best Brazilian striker after Careca at the time. Reinaldo was also "injured" according to Tele Santana. However, according to Reinaldo himself, he was ignored by the national team due to his liberal politics.  So no one really knows the reason behind his ommission?

Goalkeeper Waldir Peres was often perceived as another weak link on the 1982 team.  His blooper against the Soviet Union marked the beginning of Brazil's campaign at the World Cup.  When Tele Santana took over the national team in 1980, he started to ignore Emerson Leão who was on the World Cup team in 1974 and 1978, and was at one point Brazil's captain. His omission in 1982 remained a mystery today. 

So the world never got to see the full potential of Brazil at the World Cup Finals in 1982?

In: Careca, Emerson Leão and Reinaldo.
Out: Renato, Paulo Sergio and Roberto Dinamite.

-- I do not believe the additional of better players would have changed much.  It takes more than just better players to win a World Cup.  The addition of Careca, Emerson Leao and perhaps Reinaldo might or might not have changed history. This is just a fun blog.  Paolo Rossi and Italy suddenly wake up against Brazil.  Brazil did not fail because of a weak offence. They lost because of a weak defence.  Emerson Leao is my only new face to the team.  Can Brazil score 4 or 5 goals against Italy with Careca?
Brazil 1982 with Careca(second bottom from the left)

Team(only 22 players member team in 1982)
GK: Emerson Leao (Gremio)
Emerson Leao played 80 times for Brazil. He won a World Cup in Mexico 1970 as the backup keeper.  He started at West Germany 1974 and Argentina 1978.  He was the first Brazilian goalkeeper in history to be team captain (during the 1978 World Cup). At the club level, he played for several clubs, his longest term being at Palmeiras.

GK: Waldir Peres (Sao Paulo)
Waldir Peres played over 600 games for Sao Paulo.  He was capped 30 times for Brazil, between October 1975 and July 1982; he was a member of the Brazilian national team during the World Cup 1974, 1978 and 1982. He was the starting goalkeeper at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, where Brazil was considered the greatest World Cup team that did not win the World Cup.

GK: Carlos (Ponte Preta)
In a club career which spanned from 1974 to 1993, Carlos played for Ponte Preta, Corinthians, Atlético Mineiro, Guarani, Palmeiras, Portuguesa and Malatyaspor (1988–1990) in Turkey. He won two Brazilian Silver Ball Awards.  For Brazil, Carlos played 37 times between June 1980 and June 1993. He was selected for the 1978, 1982 and 1986  World Cup tournaments, playing in the latter edition of the competition. 

RB: Leandro (Flamngo)
Leandro was one of the best rightbacks in the 1980's and one of Brazil's best ever. He earned 31 caps for Brazil.  Hwas a part of the great 1982 World Cup team in Spain.  At the club level, he spent his entire career playing for Flamengo. Along with Zico and Junior, he helped them to win the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1981. The team was considered one of the greatest Brazilian club side ever assembled.
RB: Edevaldo  (Internacional)
During his career (1979–1998), he played for several clubs including Fluminense, Internacional-RS, Vasco da Gama, Botafogo, Bangu, Vila Nova, América Rio, Portuguesa-R and in Portugal with FC Porto. For Brazil, he got 18 caps, from 1980 to  1982, scored one goal against Argentina in the 1980 Mundialito. He also played for Brazil at the 1982  World Cup finals.

CB: Luizinho (Atletico Mineiro)
Luizinho had 34 caps between 1980 and 1983.  He was Brazil's starting centerback at the World Cup Finals in 1982, where he also made the team of the tournament.  At the domestic club level, he played for several clubs, but mainly with Atlético Mineiro from 1978 to 1989, winning 8 State Championships of Minas Gerais.  He also played three seasons overseas for Sporting CP in Portugal.  He won the Bola de Prata award twice in 1980 and 1987.

CB: Juninho Fonseca (Ponte Preta)
In career he played for clubs Ponte Preta (1974–1983 and 1989), Corinthians (1983–1986), Juventus Paulista and Vasco da Gama (1986), Cruzeiro (1987), XV de Piracicaba and Atlético Paranaense (1988), São José (1989), Nacional Paulista (1990), Olímpia (1991), and closed his career in Japan Japan Soccer League in 1992 with Yomiuri FC. For Brazil, he earned 4 caps. He was in the squad for 1982  World Cup, without playing any game.

CB: Edinho (Fluminense)
Born in 1959, Edinho played 45 times for Brazil.  He went to three World Cup Finals: 1978, 1982 and 1986.  He was the captain of the 1986 team.  Edinho was also in the team which finished fourth at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He spent most of his career with Fluminense, but also played with Flamengo and Fluminense FC.  In  Europe, he played with Udinese in Italy and Gremio.

CB: Oscar (Sao Paulo)
Oscar had 60 caps for Brazil between April 1978 and May 1986.  He was the starting centerback at the World Cup Finals in 1978 and 1982, and went as a reserve player in 1986.  In his club career, he played for Atlética Ponte Preta, Sao Paulo and NY Cosmos. He played briefly with Nissan FC in Japan as well.  His longest career was with Sao Paulo.

LB: Junior (Flamengo)
Junior was one of the greatest leftback in Brazil's history.  He was the starting leftback for Brazil in 1982 World Cup Finals.  He was also a part of the great Flamengo team of the 1980's winning the 1981 Copa Libertadores and 1981 Intercontinental Cup. With 857 matches, he is the player with most appearances for Flamengo. In 1984, he joined Torino in Italy.  He played 70 times for Brazil.  He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1982 and 1986.
LB: Pedrinho (Vasco de Gama)
Pedrinho played for Palmeiras (1977–1981), Vasco da Gama (1981–1983 and 1986),[1] Bangu (1987–1988) and in Italian Serie A with Catania (1983–1985). He won two Rio de Janeiro State Championship in 1982 and 1987. For Brazil, he got 13 caps from 1979 to 1983, and was in the squad for the 1982  World Cup, although without playing a game during the tournament.

DM: Toninho Cerezo (Atlético Mineiro)
Throughout his career, Toninho Cerezo played with Atlético Mineiro, Roma, Sampdoria and São Paulo. He was a legend at Atlético Mineiro. With São Paulo FC, he was the two-times winner of the Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores.   During his time in Italy, Cerezo won the Coppa Italia four times; in 1991 he won the Serie A with Sampdoria. For Brazil, he went to 1978 and 1982 World Cup Finals, in Argentina and Spain respectively.
Toninho Cerezo
DM: Batista (Gremio)
Bastista began his career with Internacional, where he won 3 Brasileiros and 4 Campeonatos Gaúchos.  In Europe, he played for Lazio and Belenenses.  He was capped 38 times for Brazil.  He started all matches at the World Cup Finals in 1978, but was used mainly as a sub fours years later in 1982.  In 1982, he was famously remembered being fouled by Diego Maradona in the 2nd round that led to Maradona's red card.

CM: Falcao (AS Roma)
At one stage, Falcao was the world's highest paid footballer.  He played with Internacional at home before becoming the star of Italy's AS Roma in the 1980's, winning the Serie A in the 1982-83 season. In 1985, he returned home and played for Sao Paulo. For the national team, he was a key player for the fantastic Brazilian team of Spain 1982.  He won the Silver Ball in that World Cup Finals. He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1986.
RM/CM: Socrates (Corinthians)
Socrates was one of Brazil's greatest players. He earned over 60 caps between 1979 and 1986. He was the captain of 1982 and 1986 World Cup team. He was one of the best attack midfielders in Brazil's history.  In 1983, he was named South American Footballer of the Year.  He spent 7 seasons with Corinthians.  He went abroad in 1984, playing a season in Serie A with Fiorentina.  He was also a MD, earning the degree while he was an active player. His younger brother is Rai who also played for Brazil.
AM: Dirceu (Atletico Madrid) 
Dirceu earned 44 caps for Brazil. He was on three World Cup teams: 1974, 1978 and 1982.  His best tournament was in 1978, where he made the All-tournament team and awarded the Bronze Ball.  For his club career, he played for various clubs in Brazil and Mexico before joining Atletico Madrid in 1979.  From 1982 to 1987, he played for 5 different Italian clubs.

LW/AM: Zico (Flamengo)
Zico was the best player in the world during the early 1980's.  He came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote.  He went to three World Cup Finals, but probably best remembered for the 1982 tournament, which Brazil fielded a wonderful team.  He won the Intercontinental Cup in 1981 with Flamengo, a team that was considered among the greatest club side ever.  He later played with Udinese for 2 seasons, where he was Serie A Player of the Year n 1984
LW/FW: Eder Assis (Atlético Mineiro)
Eder played for many clubs in his career, most notably with Grêmio and Atlético Mineiro in the Campeonato Brasileiro.  His career was best remembered for playing with Brazil at the World Cup Finals in 1982. He scored a wonderful, winning goal against the Soviet Union, flicking the ball up and volleying it with blistering power into the net from 25 yards. He followed that up with another outstanding goal in the 4–1 win over Scotland. He earned 52 caps.  

ST: Reinaldo (Atlético Mineiro)
Reinaldo was a hero at Atlético Mineiro, where the fans called him the "King"("o Rei", in Portuguese, which also served as a pun on his name).  He was their all-time leading scorer.  He still holds the record of highest goal average per game in the Brazilian league, with 1.55 goals per match. He won eight Campeonato Mineiro titles including six consecutively: in 1976, 1978–1983 and 1985.  For the national team, he earned 37 caps and went to the 1978 World Cup Finals.
ST: Paulo Isidoro (Gremio)
Paulo Isidoro played for many clubs in Braizl, but his best years were spent with Atletico Mineiro.  He started his career in 1975 with them, where he formed a great partnership Reinaldo.  He later played with Gremio and Santos before returning to Atletico Mineiro in 1985.  From 1987, he played for several clubs.  He won the Bola de Prata in 1976, 1981 and1983, and Bola de Ouro in 1981.  He earned 41 caps.  He played in four of five matches at the 1982 World Cup, always as a substitute.

ST: Careca  (Guarani)
Careca had 64 caps for Brazil.  He supposed to be the starting striker of the star-studded 1982 World Cup team, but he missed the Finals with an injury.  Instead, he starred at the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.  He finished second in scoring with 5 goals.  He also played in the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy.  For club career, he was remembered for playing with Napoli as a teammate of Diego Maradona. He also played for  São Paulo and Guarani as well as in the J-League.
ST: Serginho Chulapa (Sao Paulo)
Serginho was capped 20 times for Brazil between 1979 and 1982, and participated at 1982 FIFA World Cup, where he played in all five matches and scored two goals. Sadly, he was blamed for Brazil's exit at the tournament. For his club career, he played for Marília, São Paulo Futebol Clube, Santos, Corinthians, Marítimo (Portugal), Atlético Sorocaba, Portuguesa Santista, Malatyaspor and São Caetano. 

Squad Explanation
-- Originally, this blog entry was only about Careca's injury.  I did not think simply replacing Serginho Chulapa or Roberto Dinamite with Careca would make an interesting blog entry. For example, Netherlands 1974, a team also widely considered to be another greatest World Cup team that failed to win the World Cup was also missing Gerrie Muhren and Jan van Beveren.  However, their replacements, namely Wim Jansen and Jan Jongbloed lived up to the bill while Serginho and Waldir Peres were considered the scapegoats of Brazil's failure in 1982.  So it became historical significance to redo Brazil 1982.
-- Brazil 1982 is a mythical team.  I only wanted to alter it with the minimum change.  So I only wanted to address the two main problems of the actual team: the goalkeeper and the striker position.  The three new players Careca, Emerson Leão and Reinaldo have been mentioned by many journalists, fans, bloggers, etc over the years. Their inclusion are actually not too controversy. And I am also keeping both Waldir Peres and Serginho Chulapa.
-- Emerson Leão went to the World Cup Finals in 1970, 1974 and 1978, but Tele Santana ignored him as soon as he was appointed the manager of Brazil in 1980. That remained a mystery today.  Emerson Leão was immediately brought back to the Seleção by then new manager Carlos Alberto Parreira after the disastrous World Cup in Spain. Ironically, Tele Santana would return to manage the1986 World Cup team. and he also brought Emerson Leão to Mexico.  Throughout Emerson Leão's career, he was known for his bad relationship with teammates.  However, Eder and Serginho was also known for their attitude issue.  We would not know if he became a destruction in the locker room.
-- Carlos was selected over Paulo Sergio as the third keeper.   I admitted not knowing about their status in 1982.  I took Carlos because he was more experienced of the two before the World Cup Finals. He played more times for Brazil.
-- Nelinho who was known for his long range goal against Italy in the 1978 World Cup Finals was sometimes mentioned as an alternative to Leandro. I did not know about Nelinho's status in 1982.  So I decided against selecting him.  So I stayed close to the original team and continued with Edevaldo.
-- After Careca was injured, Tele Santana brought back Roberto Dinamite who was out of form.  Serginho Chulapa became the starter in Spain. Without Careca's injury, Roberto Dinamite would not make the squad. 
-- Reinaldo played with Eder at Atlético Mineiro in 1982 so their chemistry in Spain would not be an issue. They also played for Brazil together on May, 1981 against both England and France. He also played in the World Cup Qualifiers in 1981.
-- With alternative selection of Careca and Reinaldo, most people would presume that I do not need Serginho Chulapa. However, I felt that he was unfairly blamed for Brazil's exit.  Serginho's type of strikers actually allowed his more skillful teammates to perform.  He opened up a lot of spaces for his teammates with his size, etc.  Instead, I dropped Renato Frederico who only played in two friendly matches for Brazil, prior to the World Cup Finals.  
-- Batista edged out Renato Frederico because he was a more defensive player.  He also played regularly during the World Cup Qualifiers. Many critics of Brazil 1982 also felt that Batista should have started in Spain and his defensive presence would have saved Brazil in the World Cup Finals.  However, I do not know what Tele Santana would have done with Renato or Batista.  I do not know if the same critics would feel the same way at time of team selection in 1982 before the World Cup Finals started.  Of course, we all knew what happened in Spain and our judgement as of today would not be the same before we learned what happened.  Batista was also a veteran of the 1978 World Cup Finals while Renato had limited international experience.  So I went with Batista.
-- I never considered to drop Paulo Isidoro. He did not play in the World Cup Qualifiers, but he played in most of the matches prior to the World Cup Finals even before Careca was injured.
-- From 1981 to 1982, Perivaldo, Tita, Ze Sergio, Mario Sergio and Baltazar II also regularly played for Brazil. They are not considered because I only wanted limited changes with this team.  Reinaldo played for Tele Santana during the World Cup Qualifiers and Brazil's tour of Europe in 1981.  Emerson Leão, however, was ignored by Tele Santana. 

Brazil 1982
Brazil played three friendly matches in May, 1982 before Careca's injury.  Careca did not start against Portgual on the first match, but he started against both Switzerland and Ireland. Tele Santana chose to use the same starting lineup for both matches.  It was probably his expected lineup in the Finals.

Starting lineup for friendly games against Switzerland and Ireland in 1982:

GK: Waldir Peres
RB: Leandro
CB: Oscar
CB: Luizinho
LB: Junior
MF: Falcao
MF: Zico
MF: Socrates
FW: Eder
FW: Paulo Isidoro
FW: Careca

Brazil drew 1-1 with Switzerland.  Then, they beat Ireland 7-0 during the sendoff game before the Finals.  It was Ireland's worst ever defeat.  While the scoreline was impressive, the Irish team was not their full team.  Their English-based players were not allowed to travel because of the Falklands War a year earlier.  Liam Brady, however, played.  

Brazil vs Ireland

My starting lineup is different from the two friendlies. Paulo Isidoro who was used as a sub during the WC Finals started for both friendly matches. During the World Cup Finals, Dirceu in his place started in the first match against the Soviet Union, but Toninho Cerezo  took over  for the rest of the Finals.  So I am staying with Toninho Cerezo on my alternative historical team.  Of cource, Careca and Emerson Leao were inserted into the lineup.

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