England Takes a Page From Brazil’s Playbook

Rob Hughes – The New York Times, 02/07/2013

LONDON — The British introduced Brazilians to soccer more than a century ago and since then have spent an awful lot of time trying to get their ball back.

No one can doubt that. It goes beyond the fact that Brazil has won five World Cups — and England just the one, in its own stadium 47 years ago. There has been a chasm in class between the two, mostly stemming from sheer mastery of the ball, for much of that history.

On Wednesday, albeit in a friendly game that counted for no points, England beat Brazil, 2-1, at the rebuilt 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium.

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