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IBSA Blind Football World Championships preview: Brazil

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Brazil is the reigning Paralympic gold medalist and are obvious favorites to win again here. They finished second at the 2006 World Championships. They’ve won the competition three times, won Paralympic gold three times, and are reigning South American champions. They’ve been busy training for this competition, and unlike their sighted counterparts, the expectations seem completely reasonable that they could take it all. This competition is Brazil’s to lose. They meet China, Turkey and Colombia in group play in what should be a group of death with no team obviously going to finish last.  Given Brazil record, they should easily finish on top of this group.


If and when Brazil meets the other powerhouse of the competition, Argentina, they should have no fear as have have lost to Argentina in every meeting since 2007 though they did draw with them earlier this year. In August of this year, Brazil played Argentina and Mexico in the Super Cup of Nations.  Brazil beat Argentina 2 – 0.  Brazil beat Mexico 3 – 0. Argentina drew Brazil 0 – 0. Jefinho led all scorers with 7 goals. Luan was the best goalkeeper of the competition.  In other games this year, they drew 0 – 0 with England at the Quad Nations Tournament played in England.

At last year’s Copa America, Brazil crushed Chile 9 – 0, crushed Peru 8 – 0, beat Mexico 2 – 0, won 3 – 1 against Colombia, handed a 5 – 0 loss to Paraguay, defeated Paraguay 4 – 0, and won the competition in penalty kicks against Argentina. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics,  Brazil defeated France 2 – 0 and drew with them 0 – 0, and they beat Argentina in penalty kicks.  They defeated Turkey 4 – 0.  They also beat China 1 – 0.


At the 2011 Para Pan American Games, Brazil defeated El Salvador 10 – 0 with 4 goals from Marcos Pinheiro, 3 goals from Marcos Alves, 2 goals from Ricardo Steinmetz and 1 goal from Gledson da Paixao.  They beat Mexico 6 – 0 with 3 goals from Jeferson da Conceicao, and 1 goal a piece from Cassio Lopes, Marcos Pinheiro and Ricardo Steinmetz.  They defeated Colombia 2 – 0 with goals from Ricardo Steinmetz and Jeferson da Conceicao.  They lost to Argentina 1 – 0, before defeating Argentina 1 – 0 in the final.


At the 2010 World Championships, they played Argentina.  They also beat England 5 – 1, and Greece 3 – 0.  At the 2009 South American Championships, they defeated Argentina 2 – 0 in the finals.  At the 2008 Summer Paralympics, they had a surprise 1 – 1 draw with China, before putting away China 2 – 1 in the gold medal match.  At the 2006 World Championships, Brazil lost to Argentina 0 – 1, they beat France 4 – 1, defeated Japan 7 – 0,  beat Paraguay 2 – 0, and beat Spain 3 – 0. At the 2004 Summer Paralympics, they lost to Argentina 3 – 2.  At the 2002 World Championships, they lost to Spain 4 – 1, beat Argentina 2 – 0, drew 2 – 2 with Greece, drew 2 – 2 with Paraguay, beat France 4 – 1, and they beat Colombia 2 – 0.


Brazil’s development squad is also looking ready to support the senior squad.  Last year, they drew with Paraguay, drew with Argentina and then beat Argentina in penalty kicks.


One of Brazil strengths coming into this tournament is they have a lot of players who like to score.  Every player on the field is a potential threat.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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