Obviously Brazilian football is not doing so well right now. After a 7 – 1 defeat to Germany, the country’s adjusted hopes for a third place in the 2014 World Cup were trashed today with a 3 – 0 defeat to the Netherlands. A long-standing source of national pride, Brazilian football delivered shame and disappointment today. The Brazilian part of my soul is so very sad. Brazilians wanted to excel – they needed to excel – in football, at least! The build up to the World Cup had been tumultuous: numerous claims of corruption, protests, huge discredit on the benefits that might have been brought to the country through the hosting of the World Cup. I, for one, had been utterly concerned when I visited Cuiaba, in the summer of 2012, and saw it ravaged by lingering unfinished construction in connection with World Cup infrastructure. Then, all the dissatisfaction broke out with a government whose incompetence has managed not only to halt Brazil’s economic growth but also to destroy one of the few dearly held and respected Brazilian institutions, Petrobras. This defeat today is only salt on a much worse and bigger wound. The question is not so much anymore why Brazil lost the World Cup, but why Brazil continues to lose in quality of basic services to its people, in Education, Health and the Rule of Law. There is absolutely no excuse for this status quo, at this day and age. With elections coming up soon, it is time to regroup. If anyone can now dig deep into themselves for some renewed hope, it will be that the elections prove themselves to be the occasion in which Brazilians choose a new coach, a new team, and a new strategy to change this game plan that is definitely not working.