It was, perhaps inevitably, Juninho that best summed up Brazil’s performances in their semi-final loss to Germany, with the former Middlesbrough favourite saying the Die Mannschaft had taught the hosts how to play football.
Luis Felipe Scolari’s robust approach had been tolerated on the basis it led to victory, even if it did leave a sour taste in Brazil fans’ mouths, but the 7-1 defeat will surely lead to a sea change at Canaries HQ.
While a country mourns, smart punters should be viewing Brazil’s collapse as an opportunity to turn a profit, starting with their third-place play-off against the Netherlands.
Back the Netherlands to beat Brazil.
A match no side wants to play, two beaten and bruised sides face-off for the glory of being the best side not to make the World Cup final.
The Netherlands are a generous 19/10 to win in 90 minutes, a price surely worth taking on as a Neymar-less Brazil take to the pitch just days after the thrashing they received from Germany.
In stark contrast to their yellow-clad foes, the Dutch remain undefeated at the World Cup, being edged out by Argentina on penalties in their semi-final.
Expect a new, European-made broom to take the helm.
Brazil have never had a foreign coach, and until recently, there’s been a case to say they have never needed one.
However, with even former World Cup winner Scolari unable to rouse their players, many of whom play in Europe, a break from history is on the cards.
It is 39/20 that a foreigner takes the reins when Scolari is removed, and punters could pocket a £58.50 profit if they use the £30 free bet on offer to new bwin customers to back an alien-takeover of the Selecao.
Back Brazil to win the Copa America in 2015.
Europe’s best might have humbled the Canaries, but they stood up well enough against the best their own continent had to offer in this World Cup, disposing of Chile and Colombia en route to the semi-final.
The Copa America is the next major tournament they will play in, and Brazil’s estimable record in the competition – they have won four of the past six editions – makes their 9/4 price to triumph in Chile a smart bet.