Brazil-Germany clash too close to call
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
National senior football team manager, Roy Simpson, has picked Germany to beat hosts Brazil in the FIFA World Cup semi-final match at the Estadio Mineiro in Belo Horizonte today.
Five-time champions Brazil and three-time winners Germany will clash in the first semi-final for a spot in next Sunday's final.
"I think most people are Brazil supporters, but it would be wise to say that Germany will win the game and advance to the final. I don't see Brazil as world champions this time," Simpson told The Gleaner.
"Germany are a better organised team and I think it will be an all-European final. I don't think this Brazil team is good enough, so Germany will win 1-0," he said.
Geoffrey Maxwell, an experienced tactician and former national player and coach says that although Neymar's out injured and captain Thiago Silva is on a one-match suspension due to card accumulation, that is not a major factor.
"It is a minor factor as Dante of Bayern Munich in Germany will replace Silva. Neymar has not, in my opinion, set the World Cup alight. It might be a blessing in disguise with Willian coming in," Maxwell pointed out.
"It will be a physical contest. However, the Germans are a mechanical team and could win the World Cup. It will depend on how the German coach picks his team. It will be a tight game," he assessed.
"In my heart, I pick Brazil, but have a feeling that Germany will win the game. It appears to me that it will be a Germany-Netherlands clash in the final," Maxwell added.
Veteran administrator and coach, Carlton 'Spanner' Dennis strongly believes that Brazil will win today's game.
"Apart from me supporting Brazil, they will be motivated by the absence of Neymar. I'm saying that Brazil will win 1-0. Germany are a disciplined team, however, on the day it will be who wants it more," Dennis said.
Former national senior team coach, Wendel Downswell, also said that Brazil will come out winners today against Germany.
"Well, of course I tip Brazil. The Germans are a well-oiled machine but Brazil will find a way to win the game. I believe that Brazil will step up and play their best game. They are missing two star players, but there is enough quality in the squad, so Brazil will win 2-1," he said.