A flashback, or involuntary recurrent memory, is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience. These experiences can be happy, sad, exciting, or any other emotion one can consider. Brazil are hosting the 2014 World Cup and the closer we come to 2014, the more flashbacks that are occurring in Brazil. For those that don’t know, the last time that Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950 they ended up losing the last game 2-1 to Uruguay. It was a different tournament to the modern format as four teams qualified for the last stage in which everyone played each other once.

The teams that qualified for the last stage were Uruguay, Brazil, Spain and Sweden. By the time the last game was to be played between Brazil and Uruguay, Brazil were on 4 points and Uruguay on 3 points. The results were Uruguay 2-2 Spain; Brazil 7-1 Sweden; Brazil 6-1 Spain; Uruguay 3-2 Sweden; Sweden 3-1 Spain (2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw). This meant that Brazil with only a draw would win the World Cup! Brazil lost 2-1 against Uruguay and Uruguay were the World Cup winners for a second time.

Psychologists all around Brazil have reported a jump in cases relating to flashbacks of intense sadness and fear attributed to that 1950 game at the Maracana Stadium. The fear is causing havoc in the preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Builders and tradesmen have fallen to the Flashback condition and have not been able to work as the fear has left some paralyzed. This has left the preparations for the World Cup in a dangerous situation where FIFA have had to step in and publicly criticize the 2014 World Cup committee. Seven out of the twelve stadiums are in serious trouble and might not be ready by 2014. Ricardo Teixeira (President of the CBF) has resigned from the 2014 World Cup committee stating health issues (Flashbacks?!!!).

There is also an issue with FIFA relating to the sale of alcohol in the stadiums, which at present is illegal in Brazil. FIFA has asked for a Government ruling to allow alcohol to be sold only for the World Cup month. The Brazilians are worried that with the current Flashback issue and the Brazilian fans drinking alcohol could lead to depression and despair if Brazil are to lose again on home soil.

Not many people are aware of the next fact but Brazil’s biggest defeat was 6-0 against Uruguay at Viña del Mar, Chile on the 18th of September 1920. Mano Menezes (Brazil NT Coach) will hope that the Flashbacks don’t begin and the fear starts settling into his DNA.

Will Mano make it to 2014?

Mano Menezes
Mano Menezes

Now lets look at the Brazilian World Cup preparations so far:

1-0 loss to France (February 9, 2011 Saint-Denis, France)

2-0 Win to Scotland (March 27, 2011 London, England)

0-0 Draw to Netherlands (June 4, 2011 Goiânia, Brazil)

1-0 Win to Romania (June 7, 2011 São Paulo, Brazil)

0-0 Draw to Venezuela (July 3, 2011 La Plata, Argentina)

2-2 Draw to Paraguay (July 9, 2011 Córdoba, Argentina)

4-2 Win to Ecuador (July 13, 2011 Córdoba, Argentina)

Lost 2-0 on Penalties after a 0-0 Draw to Paraguay (July 17, 2011 La Plata, Argentina)

3-2 Loss to Germany (August 10, 2011 Stuttgart, Germany)

1-0 Win to Ghana (September 5, 2011 London, England)

0-0 Draw to Argentina (September 14, 2011 Córdoba, Argentina)

2-0 Win to Argentina (September 28, 2011 Belém, Brazil)

1-0 Win to Costa Rica (October 7, 2011 San José, Costa Rica)

2-1 Win to Mexico (October 11, 2011 Torreón, Mexico)

2-0 Win to Gabon (November 10, 2011 Libreville, Gabon)

2-0 Win to Egypt (November 14, 2011 Doha, Qatar)

2-1 Win to Bosnia and Herzegovina (February 28, 2012 St. Gallen, Switzerland)

With the following friendly games for the rest of 2012

Denmark (22 May 26, 2012 Hamburg, Germany)

United States (May 30, 2012 Landover, United States)

Mexico (June 3, 2012 Arlington, United States)

Argentina (June 9, 2012 East Rutherford, United States)

Sweden (August 15, 2012 Solna, Sweden)

Japan (October 16 , 2012 Wroclaw , Poland)

Not much of a preparation so far and the results aren’t very convincing . In an effort to ensure that the Flashbacks continue to be an epidemic in Brazil and for Brazilians all around the world, I end this post with my Sienzuf Presents video.

Obrigado e até a próxima vez.