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Johan Cruyff: I would not pay to see Brazil play

Posted: 30 June 2010 Time: 08:01

Former Holland striker Johan Cruyff considers Brazil a boring team and insists that he would not pay to see the five-time World Cup winners play.

Brazil manager Dunga has left behind Brazil’s successful history of beautiful attacking football for a more defensive style of play.

Despite a impressive 3-0 victory over Chile to earn a quarter-final clash with Holland, Cruyff is not impressed with Dunga’s side, believing that the squad are the same as any other team in South Africa.

“I would never pay for a ticket to watch the matches of this Brazilian team. Where has the Brazil team we all know disappeared to in this World Cup?” Cruyff told The Mirror.

“I look at this team and I remember people like Gerson, Tostao, Falcao, Zico or Socrates. Now I only see Gilberto, Melo, Bastos, Julio Baptista.

“Where is the Brazilian magic? I could understand why Dunga has picked some players but where is the playmaker or skill in midfield? I don’t think any spectator would pay to watch them.

“Brazil need to play with more intensity, more bite on the pitch because they are not special, they are just like any other squad in this World Cup.

“Always the fans want to enjoy Brazil, enjoy their fantasy at World Cups but they do not have that this summer.

“They have talented players but they play in a way which is more defensive and is less exciting. It is a shame for the fans and the tournament. They are one of the teams people want to see.”

The Dutch will face off against Brazil in Port Elizabeth on Friday with a place in the semi-finals at stake, having won their first four matches heading into the last eight showdown.

Previous comments on this story...

'The Controversial One'
posted: 08:10 am
Germany will exit Argentina.

Spain will beat Paraguay.

Spain will beat Germany in the semis.

Ghana will narrowly beat Uruguay.

Brazil will outclass Holland.

Brazil will struggle and narrowly beat Ghana in the semis.

I predict a Spain/ Brazil Final......Guess who will win it..surprise, surprise...


lekhosi la ga Mothapo
posted: 08:28 am
leave brazil alone they are here to win the world cup nothing else
posted: 08:36 am
We were talking about Brazil's style yesterday, and I was telling my friends Brazil are no longer the Brazil everybody knows. To that effect, I find it difficult to support them whenever they are playing. I'm glad that one of the football's greats has come out publicly and confirm my utterances. Couldn't have said it better Mr. Cruyff.

Go Argentina, Go Spain!!!
posted: 08:41 am
People, why are you stereotyped. Soccer have changed for the past years. The issue of playmakers in the middle, wasting time and dribbling is over. These days you play as a team and goal scoring is all that matters.I know is boring football but the fact is that when coaches are not winning games they get fired and they resort to anything that will make them win. Look at Supersport in SA, they play the most boring football on earth but they dominated the PSL for the past years.
posted: 08:42 am
True dat. I watched the game against Chile and was not impressed. They are winning yes but not in the way we know them.
posted: 08:42 am
This Cruyff is crazy, why is he talking about Brazil instead of telling us how his country is planing to beat Brazil, maybe he is just diverting his fear of the Brazilians. Focus on your country asseblief..eH
Once a Chiefs fan always a Fool
posted: 08:54 am
If that is true why Brazil continues to beat other teams.?. That raises a question mark about the standard of other nations because Brazil will win the WC with a boring game including his team on Saturday. Sour grapes.!!!
posted: 08:55 am
Ahhhhhh Mind Games.
Once a Chiefs fan always a Fool
posted: 08:58 am
If Brazil can win the World Cup going on a second gear why should they go for the fifth gear because it is just too easy for them and there is simply no challenge.
posted: 09:01 am
Maxy: 2010-06-30 08:41,

Are you jealous or what? SS has played better football than all the other clubs in the PSL. It's just that they are a professional outfit that is not allowed to showboat by coach Gavin Hunt. What have the showboating Teko and Shabalala done for their clubs besides embarrassment?

This Cruyff guy is crazy. Brazil plays effective football that wins them games. Of course you can't expect Dunga to create a Messi, a young Ronaldo or an in form Ronaldino. He has to play according to what he has. Brazil has no big star players currently that's why not a single Brazilian was on the top three for FIFA's best players. If you look at Ivory Coast, for example, they have more star players than the current Brazil. But that has not stopped Brazil from reaching the quaterfinal and for being one of the favourites in this tournament. Cruyff would be advised to watch Brazil beat Holland.
Sthathe Africa (Conquer the Continent)
posted: 09:22 am
Look who's talking? Firstly-he's playing mind games. And secondly-if he's trying to criticise Dunga just like everyone else, wrong move beacuse come Friday we will ask How did the skillfull and flair flowing Holland squad was betean by defence minded, less entertaining Brazil? Guys, you can criticise every team but Brazil-This guys do everything that they like out there on the field and they will win. I've had that in 2014-in their own country they will be playing eleven goalkeepers. No Striker, defender or Midlefielders but they will still win. Say what Mr Cruyf? Haa, Haa...Wrong path boet. I know you prefered playing Paraguay or Uruguay for that matter!!!!
posted: 09:27 am
Mopdern football has l;ost its flair and what matters now is Result. As long as Brazil is effective with theit style, nothing else matters. Cruff is just playing the mind game.
Brazil/Spain final is on the offing as things are now. I see Ghana reaching the semis if they remain determined.

posted: 09:36 am
Well said, i would pay to watch Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Ghana than paying to watch Brazil. There's just no flair in this Brazilian team. unfortunately it's the standard they set for themselves long ago now i expect to see them maintaining it at least.

Unfortunately the opposition might just lose a game against Brazil due to the fear of facing Brazil.

posted: 09:47 am
People stop hating and congradulate! not so long you had prophecised their early exit without Ronaldhina, now that they have unpleasantly disappointed you, you choose to speak ill about them! WTF?!?

They will still easily defeat your Dutch team and other "exciting" teams and lift the cup.

Is it not results we after here?!? Still, i find the Brazilian team to be exciting as ever...
posted: 09:56 am
eish...brazil is gonna win games ofcs...but brazil over the years was winning but with that style,that flair...they leave us talkin...this time around id rather rush to watch argentina or spain, or ghana...this brazil is not dfrent from greece or flair wat soeva..
posted: 10:13 am
"I don’t think any spectator would pay to watch them."

Is this guy for real? what does he mean no spectator would pay to watch them, is he crazy? granted, Brazil is not playing the type of football that we like to see, but damn the criticism seems more personal from this guy.

Spain plays the best football in this World Cup, their match against Portugal was special, what a game?
posted: 10:14 am
I agree with Jahn n i believe that brazil will be out
posted: 10:47 am
This man has just being Tjatjarag.
posted: 10:50 am
Svai: 2010-06-30 09:01 [ Report ]

Sorry for usin SSU as an example because I think it might have offended some of you guys. But my observation tells me that modern football have lost flair and style. Is all about goals. Some teams even go to an extent of winning games at all costs involving physical and verbal provocation of opponents.

posted: 11:08 am
maybe we are expecting too much from these guys Brazil. what is flair anyway? do we want teams to score goals ad win or do we want teams to display flair and loose. S.A. played a beautiful futbol but lost and now we have forgoten about them. BRAZIL MUST PLAY THE WAY THEY WANT AS LONG AS THEY WIN GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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