Despite losing their star player Neymar for the rest of the World Cup and also missing their captain Silva for the game against Germany, there is still hope for the host team to make it through to the final.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has yet to lose a World Cup match with Brazil. He has proven himself to be a smart and tactic manager that had once led the Selecao to a World Cup win in 2002. He also had led Portugal to a World Cup semi-final match in 2004.
Having the home advantage is nothing but good new for the yellow and green. An electric, one-sided crowd at Belo Horizonte will be heard every time Brazil touches the ball., including negativity every time a German goes near the ball. The fans will be Selecao’s 12th man.
With Neymar’s absence, the famed unity of team Brazil can only be strengthened as the team will no longer play as a one man show. Fueled by the 1950 demons of the Maracanazo where the Selecao lost the final to underdogs Uruguay, the players are on a mission to erase that memory and make their country proud.