Brazil tops the FIFA rankings. The five-time world champions booked their ticket to the main stage of the World Cup in Qatar after going undefeated in 17 matches in the qualifiers. All in all, the performance of Tit’s team is not bad at all.
But winning matches is not everything in Brazilian football. It has been two decades since Brazil won the World Cup. As interest in the national team has decreased among Brazilians, the country’s legislative congress also thinks the Seleção’s image is “deteriorating.”
That is why Congress has implemented a decision. The World Cup will start in Qatar on November 21. Tit’s team will start preparing with this tournament in front. For now, the players are busy with their respective club seasons. However, when the Brazilian national team starts preparing for the World Cup in Qatar, the Brazilian Congress formed a committee to take care of these preparations.
The sports committee of Brazil’s lower house of parliament voted to form a separate committee on Thursday. The task of this committee will be to monitor how well Neymar is preparing for the World Cup in Qatar.
Three months are left before the start of the Qatar World Cup. After winning the 2002 World Cup, Brazil did not have success. There is no such thing as second place in national football. Nothing is seen as a success in Brazilian football other than winning the title. Because of this, Brazil’s performance in all four World Cups since the 2002 World Cup has been seen as a failure.
Congressman Jose Rocha proposed the formation of a committee to oversee the national team’s Qatar World Cup preparations.
The news agency AFP has published his statement on this in the proposal letter, ‘After winning the fifth title in 2002, Brazil could not even reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. The 2014 edition was different—we hosted the World Cup and lost humiliatingly to Germany.’
Four years after winning the 2002 Japan-Korea World Cup, Brazil was eliminated from the quarter-finals of the World Cup held in Germany. Zinedine Zidane’s France lost 1-0 to Ronaldo-Ronaldinios. In the 2010 World Cup, they also had to leave in the quarter-finals, losing to the Netherlands.
Then in the 2014 World Cup, Neymar reached the semi-finals at home but was defeated by Germany 7-1. Jose Rocha believes that defeat to Germany and a 20-year World Cup trophy drought have ‘turned fans away from Brazilian football.’
Unbelievable but true, general interest in the World Cup in Pele’s country has waned. A recent survey by the Brazilian data-analytics company “Datafolha” has been published, which was reported by the news agency AFP. 51 percent of Brazilians are not interested in the World Cup. “We have to wake up the game,” Rocha said. In Brazilian society (football) is a national passion.”
But some have raised the question, does Brazil’s Congress have no other work except to oversee Neymar’s World Cup preparation? The country’s lawyer Janis Askari tweeted, ‘Have these lawmakers ever thought about hunger or other major social problems?’