Beauty leaves the Brazilian game as glitter gives way to grit | Jonathan Wilson | Football | The Guardian

Beauty leaves the Brazilian game as glitter gives way to grit | Jonathan Wilson | Football | The Guardian.

The beauty definitely has left the Brazilian game.

There are a lot of talented attackers besides Neymar in the Brazil squad but, of course, they are not at the level of previous Brazil sides. Brazil no longer have that famous aura that’s for sure.

English football still has a problem with race – but not among the players | Mihir Bose | Comment is free | The Guardian

English football still has a problem with race – but not among the players | Mihir Bose | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Interesting read and something we’ve touched on quite a bit in terms of race in the upper levels of football. The pictures were always going to spark some sort of controversy.

Brazil Copa America loss to Paraguay leaves them in shambles – ESPN FC

Brazil Copa America loss to Paraguay leaves them in shambles – ESPN FC.

If the Copa America is a warmup for World Cup qualifying then Brazil should be worried about Dunga in charge. Sure he fixed the defense but he doesn’t seem to be able to figure how to get what is a vast amount of talented wingers/attacking midfielders to dominate a game. One would think Neymar playing up top would be the simplest solution.

Brazil need to get it together quickly or they’ll be struggling in the qualifiers. I’d think about sacking Dunga, who probably shouldn’t have come back in the first place, and getting a coach capable of getting the best out of all parts of his squad.

Brazil’s penalty loss to Paraguay in Copa should serve as wake-up call

Why Di Maria is the perfect replacement for Iniesta at Barcelona | Squawka News

Why Di Maria is the perfect replacement for Iniesta at Barcelona | Squawka News.

I saw the headline. The headline drew me in. I guess the premise was okay but, no, that suggested replacement does not make sense.

Why Javier Mascherano is more important to Argentina than Lionel Messi | FourFourTwo

Why Javier Mascherano is more important to Argentina than Lionel Messi | FourFourTwo.

We saw this last summer in the World Cup. There is so much attacking talent for Argentina but they really will struggle when Javier Mascherano hangs up his boots.

B/R: Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto Signings Can Make Atletico Madrid a Force | Squawka News

B/R: Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto Signings Can Make Atletico Madrid a Force | Squawka News.

Definitely some good pickups from Atletico Madrid this summer and I’m looking forward to Koke in the middle with these targets. I wonder where Oliver Torres will fit but Atletico is getting some depth and quality to really continue to challenge the two big boys, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Should be fun.