|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has hit out at Brazil ahead of Netherlands' quarter-final meeting with them on Friday, claiming they play dull football and that he would never pay to watch them.
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"Where has the Brazil team we all know disappeared to in this World Cup?" he said in the Daily Mirror. "I look at this team and I remember people like Gerson, Tostao, Falcao, Zico or Socrates. Now I only see Gilberto, Melo, Bastos, Julio Baptista.
"Where is the Brazilian magic? I could understand why Dunga has picked some players but where is the playmaker or skill in midfield? I don't think any spectator would pay to watch them. I would never pay for a ticket."
Cruyff, who was European Footballer of the Year three times and is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats, said unlike many previous tournaments, in South Africa they were "just like any other squad".
He continued: "Brazil need to play with more intensity, more bite on the pitch, because they are not special. Always the fans want to enjoy Brazil, enjoy their fantasy at World Cups, but they do not have that this summer.
"They have talented players but they play in a way which is more defensive and is less exciting. It is a shame for the fans and the tournament. They are one of the teams people want to see."