Brazil’s national team is among the favorites to win the 2018 World Cup, which will take place in just a few months. Brazil, a five time World Cup champion, hosted the World Cup back in 2014 but the tournament ended in a really bad game for them. Football fans expected to see a close match between Germany and Brazil in the semi-final but what followed was one of the worst losses for Brazil’s national team. Germany was up 5 – 0 at halftime and won the game 7 – 1. Brazil had never allowed seven goals at home and its biggest loss before that was the 0 – 3 loss against France in the 1998 World Cup final. The starting squad is much different, so what happened to the starting team of that game? Here we have the latest on those players:
Julio Cesar (GK)
Julio Cesar is one of Brazil’s most successful goalkeepers in the last 15 years. He made many big saves for Brazil throughout his career but he currently holds the record for most goals allowed in a single match for Brazil. The game against Germany was the last of his international career but he has played for several clubs since. Before the 2014 World Cup, he joined Toronto FC on loan from QPR. A few months after the World Cup, he signed a two year deal with Benfica. In November 2017, he agreed to a release from the club and later joined Flamengo, where he began his career.
Maicon returned to Brazil’s national team shortly after the World Cup but was dropped from the squad shortly after. Reports said he was dismissed after a breach of discipline before a friendly match against Ecuador. Maicon would continue playing for Roma until 2016. He later joined Brazilian club Avai, where he made nine appearances. Maicon is currently a free agent.
Marcelo has made 15 appearances for Brazil since 2015. The star left back has continued his career with Real Madrid, which he joined in 2007. Last year, he signed a new contract with the Spanish club that will keep him there until the summer of 2022.
Dante made his only appearance of the 2014 World Cup in the semi-final match against Germany. He has not made another appearance for Brazil since 2014. In 2015, he made a move to Wolfsburg, where he played one season. In August 2016, he joined French club Nice on a three year deal.
David Luiz (CB)
David Luiz made several appearances for Brazil after the loss against Germany. He was part of the squad for the 2015 Copa America and the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. He was left out of the squad for the Copa America Centenario. In 2014, he made a move from Chelsea to PSG. He returned to Chelsea two years later.
Luiz Gustavo (CM)
Luiz Gustavo was brought back to Brazil’s squad in 2015 but had to withdraw after a knee injury. The midfielder would continue playing for Wolfsburg until 2017. After ten years in German football, he joined French club Marseille.
Oscar had great performances throughout the 2014 World Cup and scored Brazil’s only goal in the match against Germany. Oscar suffered an injury and was not part of Brazil’s squad for the 2015 Copa America. He was recalled the following year for the start of the World Cup qualifiers. In 2017, he joined Shanghai SIPG, where he has scored six goals so far.
Fernandinho was one of three players that was substituted in the match against Germany. The midfielder joined Manchester City in 2013 and won his first trophy in England later that season. He has been a regular starter for Brazil since the 2014 World Cup.
Bernard’s last appearance for Brazil was back in 2014. The winger joined Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 and has continued playing there. He is just 25 years old so he might be called up to the national team at some point.
Hulk has made several appearances for Brazil’s national team since the loss against Germany. In 2016, he made three appearances, scoring zero goals. That same year, he made a shocking move from Zenit to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, where he has scored 24 goals in 37 appearances.
Fred was one of the most criticized players during the 2014 World Cup. The striker was the top scorer at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup but he was not the same at the 2014 World Cup. He had one goal in the tournament and managed to get just five shots on target in six games played. Fred confirmed retirement from the national team but has continued his football career in Brazil. In the last four years, he has played for Fluminense, Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro.