Previous
San Jose Earthquakes
Los Angeles Galaxy
1
1
FT
Game Details
Manchester United
Queens Park Rangers
4
0
FT
Game Details
Valencia
Espanyol
3
1
FT
Game Details
Sevilla FC
Getafe
2
0
FT
Game Details
Internazionale
Sassuolo
7
0
FT
Game Details
Parma
AC Milan
4
5
FT
Game Details
Hannover 96
Hamburg SV
2
0
FT
Game Details
Evian Thonon Gaillard
Marseille
1
3
FT
Game Details
Manchester United
Queens Park Rangers
4
0
FT
Game Details
San Jose Earthquakes
Los Angeles Galaxy
1
1
FT
Game Details
Rayo Vallecano
Elche
2
3
FT
Game Details
Valencia
Espanyol
3
1
FT
Game Details
Sevilla FC
Getafe
2
0
FT
Game Details
Granada
Villarreal
0
0
FT
Game Details
Eintracht Frankfurt
FC Augsburg
0
1
FT
Game Details
Hannover 96
Hamburg SV
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sampdoria
Torino
2
0
FT
Game Details
Cagliari
Atalanta
1
2
FT
Game Details
Fiorentina
Genoa
0
0
FT
Game Details
Internazionale
Sassuolo
7
0
FT
Game Details
Lazio
Cesena
3
0
FT
Game Details
Napoli
Chievo Verona
0
1
FT
Game Details
Parma
AC Milan
4
5
FT
Game Details
Lille
Nantes
2
0
FT
Game Details
Guingamp
Bordeaux
2
1
FT
Game Details
Evian Thonon Gaillard
Marseille
1
3
FT
Game Details
FC Utrecht
ADO Den Haag
0
0
FT
Game Details
Cambuur Leeuwarden
FC Groningen
3
0
FT
Game Details
Vitesse Arnhem
Excelsior
3
1
FT
Game Details
Dordrecht '90
NAC Breda
0
1
FT
Game Details
UNAM
U.A.N.L
2
2
FT
Game Details
Boavista
Academica de Coimbra
1
0
FT
Game Details
Maritimo
FC Penafiel
2
0
FT
Game Details
Guimaraes
FC Porto
1
1
FT
Game Details
Paços de Ferreira
Gil Vicente
1
1
FT
Game Details
Estoril
CD Nacional de Madeira
2
1
FT
Game Details
Spartak Moscow
FK Torpedo Moscow
3
1
FT
Game Details
Krasnodar
FC Ufa
0
2
FT
Game Details
Kasimpasa
Mersin Idmanyurdu
2
2
FT
Game Details
Gaziantepspor
Erciyesspor
2
2
FT
Game Details
Trabzonspor
Fenerbahce
0
0
FT
Game Details
Brøndby
Randers FC
0
2
FT
Game Details
Esbjerg
FC Vestsjaelland
3
0
FT
Game Details
Panionios
Asteras Tripoli
2
1
FT
Game Details
Atromitos
Panetolikos
0
0
FT
Game Details
Giannina
FC Xanthi
2
2
FT
Game Details
Levadiakos
Panthrakikos
1
1
FT
Game Details
Kalloni AEL
Panathinaikos
1
0
FT
Game Details
Nottingham Forest
Derby County
1
1
FT
Game Details
Lanús
Banfield
1
0
FT
Game Details
Belgrano de Córdoba
Vélez Sarsfield
1
0
FT
Game Details
Boca Juniors
Racing Club
1
0
Susp
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
River Plate
Postp
Game Details
Atlético MG
Gremio
0
0
FT
Game Details
Atletico Paranaense
EC Vitória
2
0
FT
Game Details
Bahia
Figueirense FC
3
0
FT
Game Details
Criciúma
Goiás EC
1
0
FT
Game Details
Flamengo
Corinthians
1
0
FT
Game Details
Internacional
Botafogo
2
0
FT
Game Details
São Paulo
Cruzeiro
2
0
FT
Game Details
Racing Genk
Club Brugge
1
1
FT
Game Details
KAA Gent
Mouscron-Peruwelz
1
0
FT
Game Details
KV Kortrijk
KSC Lokeren
2
3
FT
Game Details
FC Vaduz
St Gallen
2
2
FT
Game Details
Young Boys
Lucerne
3
2
FT
Game Details
FC Zürich
FC Sion Sitten
4
1
FT
Game Details
Sporting Gijon
Girona
1
1
FT
Game Details
Lugo
Leganes
0
0
FT
Game Details
Real Zaragoza
CD Sabadell
1
1
FT
Game Details
Real Betis
Albacete
0
1
FT
Game Details
AD Alcorcon
Real Valladolid
0
1
FT
Game Details
Tenerife
Mirandes
1
0
FT
Game Details
Vicenza
Ternana
0
1
FT
Game Details
Heidenheimer SB
FC Union Berlin
3
1
FT
Game Details
St Pauli
TSV 1860 Munich
1
2
FT
Game Details
SV Sandhausen
SpVgg Greuther Furth
1
0
FT
Game Details
FC Volendam
FC Den Bosch
2
2
FT
Game Details
Wolfsberger AC
SV Salzburg
1
0
FT
Game Details
Gefle IF
Falkenbergs FF
3
1
FT
Game Details
Halmstad
Mjallby
1
2
FT
Game Details
Djurgarden
Atvidabergs FF
0
1
FT
Game Details
Elfsborg
IFK
0
0
FT
Game Details
Rhyl
Bangor City
3
2
FT
Game Details
Palestino
Colo Colo
1
3
FT
Game Details
Cobreloa
Audax Italiano
0
1
FT
Game Details
Ñublense
Barnechea
0
1
FT
Game Details
Antofagasta
Huachipato
2
2
FT
Game Details
Universidad de Chile
Universidad de Concepción
1
0
FT
Game Details
Cerro
Defensor Sporting
0
3
FT
Game Details
Fénix
El Tanque Sisley
1
0
FT
Game Details
Juventud
Tacuarembó FC
4
2
FT
Game Details
Nacional
Danubio F.C.
3
0
FT
Game Details
Boyacá Chicó FC
Patriotas F.C.
1
1
FT
Game Details
Once Caldas
Alianza Petrolera
3
0
FT
Game Details
Atlético Huila
Deportes Tolima
0
0
FT
Game Details
Atlético Junior
Uniautonoma
3
1
FT
Game Details
Melgar
Sporting Cristal
1
0
FT
Game Details
Real Garcilaso
Alianza Lima
0
0
FT
Game Details
Universitario de Deportes
Cienciano del Cusco
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sportivo Luqueño
Sol de América
2
0
FT
Game Details
Nacional
General Díaz
2
0
FT
Game Details
LDU Quito
Club Deportivo Cuenca
1
1
FT
Game Details
Barcelona
Emelec
1
0
FT
Game Details
Tucanes
Portuguesa
2
0
FT
Game Details
Carabobo
Atlético Venezuela
1
1
FT
Game Details
Zulia
Deportivo Táchira
1
2
FT
Game Details
Deportivo La Guaira
Dep. Metropolitano
3
0
FT
Game Details
Estudiantes de Mérida
Deportivo Petare
1
1
FT
Game Details
Deportivo Anzoategui
Llaneros
5
0
FT
Game Details
Deportivo Lara
Trujillanos
0
0
FT
Game Details
Zamora
Mineros
1
1
FT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Universitario de Sucre
3
0
FT
Game Details
San José
Club Petrolero de Yacuiba
4
1
FT
Game Details
Universitario de Pando
Real Potosí
0
0
FT
Game Details
Blooming
Sport Boys Warnes
2
2
FT
Game Details
Club Sport Uruguay
Belen
1
0
FT
Game Details
Pumas Generalena
Cartagines
0
1
FT
Game Details
Santos
Perez Zeledon
2
2
FT
Game Details
CD Motagua
Marathon
0
1
FT
Game Details
Parrillas One
Honduras Progreso
1
3
FT
Game Details
Cal State Fullerton
UMBC
4
3
AET
Game Details
Georgetown
UC Irvine
1
1
AET
Game Details
American University
Wisconsin-Milwaukee
3
0
FT
Game Details
Delaware
St Peters
2
1
FT
Game Details
George Mason University
Hartwick College
1
0
FT
Game Details
Michigan State
Loyola-Chicago
1
0
FT
Game Details
Saint Marys Cal
Florida Gulf Coast
1
0
FT
Game Details
Denver
New Hampshire
1
0
FT
Game Details
California
Gonzaga
1
0
FT
Game Details
Washington
Penn
3
1
FT
Game Details
San Diego
New Mexico
0
2
FT
Game Details
UCLA
California Poly State Univ
0
0
AET
Game Details
South Florida
Texas
2
0
FT
Game Details
Kentucky
Pepperdine
2
3
AGT
Game Details
Tennessee
Richmond
3
1
FT
Game Details
Auburn
Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2
0
FT
Game Details
Duke
Louisiana State
1
0
FT
Game Details
Florida State
Stetson
7
0
FT
Game Details
Indiana
Penn State
0
3
FT
Game Details
New Mexico
Florida
0
4
FT
Game Details
Notre Dame
Toledo
2
1
FT
Game Details
West Virginia University
Duquesne
4
1
FT
Game Details
Florida Gulf Coast
South Carolina
0
2
FT
Game Details
Missouri
Cal State Northridge
3
1
FT
Game Details
Clemson
Wofford
1
0
FT
Game Details
Depaul
Loyola-Chicago
4
0
FT
Game Details
Kansas
UMKC
1
0
FT
Game Details
Michigan
Wisconsin
2
1
FT
Game Details
Mississippi State
Louisiana Tech
2
1
FT
Game Details
Vanderbilt
Chattanooga
6
0
FT
Game Details
Virginia
Hofstra
3
1
FT
Game Details
East Carolina
Virginia Tech
0
3
FT
Game Details
Stanford
Dayton
8
0
FT
Game Details
Furman
Georgia
0
4
FT
Game Details
Mississippi
Middle Tenn State
4
0
FT
Game Details
California
Santa Clara
1
0
FT
Game Details
Arkansas
Missouri State
6
1
FT
Game Details
Texas A&M
Marquette
3
0
FT
Game Details
Texas Tech
Abilene Christian University
2
0
FT
Game Details
Tulsa
Oklahoma
0
0
AET
Game Details
UC Irvine
Southern Cal
1
1
AET
Game Details
Bloem Celtic
Mamelodi Sundowns
0
1
FT
Game Details
Moroka Swallows
Chippa United
0
2
FT
Game Details
Next

Duarte: Dunga's return is complicated

Brazil Jul 21, 2014
Read
 Posted by Pablo S. Torre
Jul 7, 2014

Scolari lightens mood for Selecao

The Men in Blazers delve deeper into the semi-final clash between Brazil and Germany. Michael Davies and Roger Bennett discuss how Brazil will perform without Neymar, the aggressive challenges thus far and what it'll take to advance to the final.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- In the English edition of the World Cup dictionary, the word "talisman" refers to those who function as both the key to their team and the planet-facing logo of their homeland. Think Leo Messi and Argentina. Or Arjen Robben and the Netherlands. Or -- until recent events, obviously -- Neymar and Brazil. ("Watch Brazilian team hug wheelchair-bound talisman Neymar," a headline on The Telegraph's website read this weekend.)

But since that shootout with Chile roughly two rounds and a million years ago -- just one in a sequence of futebol-related torments for the Seleção -- the most appropriate avatar for the host nation has not even worn a jersey, No. 10 or otherwise. Heading into Tuesday's semifinal against Germany, Brazil's international symbol had mostly been their psychotherapist, Regina Brandão, who was summoned back into service by manager Luiz Felipe Scolari after the team's tearful, near-death experience against La Roja.

"The team is crying when they're singing the anthem, when they get hurt, when they shoot penalties," Carlos Alberto Torres, who captained Brazil's 1970 championship side, said on Sport TV. "Come on. Stop crying. Enough."

BrazilBrazil
GermanyGermany
1
7
FT
Game Details

Brazil, as you may be aware, is famed for its anti-Victorian embrace of feelings, a certain elasticity of the upper lip. (See the concept of the homem cordial posited by anthropologist Sergio Buarque de Holanda; see, also, the jovial chest taps that keep blindsiding me after handshakes.) But given the win-or-die stakes unique to a favorite playing at home -- "If we lose, then we all go to hell," the president of the Brazilian Football Federation, José Maria Marin, actually said this spring -- the country's run through the knockout rounds has been generally traumatic for everyone involved.

So it was, before those penalties with Chile even began, that Neymar, David Luiz and Thiago Silva, the captain, had already started weeping. Silva, who'd walked away and sat on a soccer ball by himself, later admitted that he was so nervous that he'd asked Scolari not to assign him one of the first kicks. Meanwhile, in celebration, goalkeeper Julio Cesar joined in the squad-wide cry and bawled during his televised, postgame interview. "There are players who get emotional and forget the game," proclaimed Zico, the retired Seleção legend. "They need to have more control."

Luiz Felipe Scolari, right, and Thiago Silva speak to the media in Brazil's prematch news conference ahead of their World Cup semifinal match vs. Germany on July 8.

Brandão is a longtime adviser to Scolari, professor at São Paulo's Universidade São Judas Tadeu, and the current president of the Brazilian Society of Sport Psychology. She showed up to help as the criticism mounted, and swiftly became an object of fascination for the press. "I had never done anything like it before and I am quite enjoying it," Neymar said of her counseling last week. "I am learning a lot and I hope to continuing doing it."

Subsequently, against Colombia in the quarterfinals, Brazil managed to keep itself together throughout a 2-1 slugfest -- even after watching a pained Neymar get carted off, screaming, in the 88th minute. But that night, once the superstar was ruled out for the tournament with a fractured vertebra, the hospital vigils began, and Brandão returned again. She had typically been checking in on the players via phone, often using the messaging program WhatsApp, and email. This was another emergency, in-person session. "We talked with Regina about Neymar and about staying cool," Silva said during the team's news conference Monday. "Regina said to everyone to be relaxed because Neymar already did his part and the other 22 players must do theirs."

During the team's first presser after Neymar's injury, memorably, literally every question asked had related to his absence. On Monday night, with less than 24 hours before the semifinal here, the focus had at least shifted. Now that was true of only half of the questions posed by the international press.

But an even more noticeable change occurred within the man at the helm. Sitting to the left of Silva, whom Scolari had given another chance to address the world, tear-free, the manager proceeded to go out of his way to crack jokes, chortle and be almost suspiciously buoyant.

When a reporter asked about Scolari's oft-sullen body language by the bench, he smiled and quipped, "You're looking at me too much, eh?" When journalist after journalist had declined to directly question Silva -- who'll be sidelined for the semifinal against Germany thanks to a yellow card picked up against Colombia, his second of the tournament -- the manager slapped his captain on the back and began discussing how the defender was "a good assistant," a future coach-in-waiting. When someone mentioned their helicopter ride here from Teresopolis, Scolari leaned back, pointed at the team's media officer, Victor Rios, and kept making fun of how comically nervous that guy had been.

It was, in short, a master class in not merely deflection and image control but positive psychology. Brazil's last presser -- their past two weeks running, really -- had felt like a waking nightmare, even a wake. Now, with a possible trip to hell waiting for them, the manager took the mike on behalf of his nervous players, who remained out of sight, back at camp, and instead gave the room the improbable flavor of a roast.

Brazil vs. Germany: Tuesday, 4 ET, 9 BST
(ESPN and WatchESPN)

- Marcotti: Titans collide in the semifinals
- Honigstein: Bierhoff's technological focus
- Torre: Scolari lightens the mood

- Brewin: Battered Brazil vs. vulnerable Germany
- Smith: Jogo bonito the exception, not the rule
- 50-50 Challenge: Brazil vs. Germany
- Duarte: Brazil move past star absences
- Cox: Brazil and Germany's role reversal

At one point, however, Scolari did grow serious. Someone had asked how he felt setting up his first lineup without Neymar in 27 matches with the Seleção. In reply, the manager went so far as to explicitly address the abundant worries of the republic -- the very anxieties mirrored in his overwhelmed team, requiring him to call in Brandão in the first place.

"I know the starting lineup, and you'll see why those choices are made," he said. "The easiest thing for me to do is put my head down and sleep. And once again, I'll tell the Brazilian people" -- and here he began to enunciate, in Portuguese -- "we're doing what we think we must do. And we're doing our best."

Not too long after that, time was called. The news conference was over. Further preparation for Germany awaited; further counseling for Brazil with Brandão, too, but only privately.

Scolari got up, grinned, held both hands in the air and said "Thank you" to the legion of cameras and critics, in perfect English. The performance, beamed across the planet, felt talismanic, if willfully so.

For now, there was nothing but dry eyes in the house.

Pablo S. Torre

A senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com based in New York. You can watch him every week on TV shows such as Around the Horn, The Sports Reporters and Olbermann. Follow him on Instagram (@pstorre) and Twitter (@PabloTorre).