World Cup Liveblog: Brasil – DPRK

Brasil vs North Korea. Whoa. Never thought I’d see that. But here we are. Launching just prior to kickoff, it’s me with the livebloggage today.

By Isaiah

Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater Philadelphia area.


  1. How I love world cup when a surprise happens. I know it is mission impossible but man can hope! πŸ˜€

    At least it will help CΓ΄te d’Ivoire who will need a draw at least against Brazil to qualify (or else Brazil will hand Portugal the final match in the group).

  2. It appears that the liveblog died of boredom. Or something. Coveritlive is no longer working for me, so I guess the liveblog is a FAIL. Ah well, so is this game.

  3. I made a preview about Brazil in this world cup and pointed out that they will have problems against parked buses. I didnt expect it to happen against Korea of course. But this is a simple demonstration. Imagine against another team with better quality to generate counters.

    Saying so, credit for Korea, the most organized team in defense so far in the competition. Its not just defending in numbers but also based on a systematic plan.

    Long shots and set pieces will be the main threat in the second half.

  4. I’m really glad that they have so big problems against North Korea. I still think they’ll win. But this is a shameful Brazilian side under Dunga, imagine they’d keep him until WC 2014…
    The Brazilian people must be heavily disappointed and mad at Dunga right now^^

  5. Everything is long for Brazil. They are just trying to use midfield as an area to skip through as quickly as possible rather than an area for any creativity.

    Melo and Silva are just so poor on the ball and in passing. Very difficult to break down a compact side with two destroyers.

    Brazil also has no width. The three attacking players keep clustering centrally. Either Robinho needs to stay more on the left wing or the left back needs to push up even more aggressively. Same for Maicon.

    Against a team that is playing like S. Korea what is the purpose of two holding players on the pitch? Why even have one uni-dimensional destroyer? Who are they marking?

    During their friendly against Tanzania they changed their tactics and looked much more fluid.

    Bastos, Elano, and Melo should come off. Alves and Ramires substituted in as wing players for width. Silva to left back and Josue in as a single holding player.

    1. Actually they need a Batista like player to run into the box and help Fabiano there to add another dimension to the offense and make the fullbacks more usefull. They only have Fabiano there with players behind him who demand the ball in the box in spaces (doesnt exist).

  6. Wth Isaiah is the Liveblog so bad without me? πŸ˜›

    BTW, I found you on YouTube…


  7. korea fighting!!
    j. tae se, the #9 is really a good player.
    the way he get’s the balls, holds up the ball, assist to the goal.
    he was definitely better than luis fabiano in the game.
    and i reckon he would do well in any of the european league

    1. i think he was the one crying during the anthem. that was amazing, ive never seen that. either way yes koreas #9 caused some problems for brazil.

  8. btw that goal from maicon is world class.
    not a fluke at all unlike roberto carlos’ goal for madrid in 1997 or 98.
    maicon blasted the ball.
    and that pass from robinho was just superb!!
    xavi wouldve been proud of that

    1. still the keeper should have had the near post covered as soon as he saw maicon winding up. that was bad goaltending i thought.

    2. agreed.but the gk was focused on getting the cross like how everyone expected it.
      that goal reminded me of luc nilis’ goal for PSV in the late 90’s.and marco van basten in 1999.

  9. I do tend to go for the underdogs in sport….but man Argentina just look like they are going to reign over the world cup….Messi is just absolutly Amazing….And there is not a doubt in my mind that he is the best player in the world….

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