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Assessing the state
of two old rivals

Argentina vs. Brazil Oct 10, 2014
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Jun 4, 2014

Could Willian be the new Amarildo?

Should Neymar suffer from injuries, Willian could be the player that Brazil relies on for scoring.
Should Neymar suffer from injuries, Willian could be the player that Brazil relies on for scoring.

WIllian! Do you remember Amarildo?

The current question in Brazil is: What if Neymar gets injured?

There is an old superstition here: Beat three times on wood to avoid bad things. Toc, toc, toc... If Neymar gets injured, do Brazil have no chance to win the World Cup?

Maybe. Maybe not

This Brazil does not have a Pelé and Garrincha, a Bebeto and Romario or a Ronaldo and Rivaldo. The only World Cup when Brazil did not seem to have lethal duo was in 1962 when Pelé was injured and Amarildo became number 2, after Garrincha.

And what a number 2 he was!!!

Oscar, Fred, Paulinho: they don't seem to be that type of World Cup player. Neither really does William, but the Chelsea man is in way better shape than Oscar.

If Brazil needs somebody else other than Neymar, it might be William, the new Amarildo.

Paulo Vinicius Coelho

Paulo Vinicius Coelho ("PVC") is a veteran Brazilian sports journalist who has covered four World Cups and five Champions League finals. He is a football specialist, ESPN commentator in Brazil and columnist for Folha de S. Paulo, a popular Brazilian daily. He has written six books, including "Bola Fora," a history of the exodus of Brazilian players. Follow him on Twitter @pvcespn.