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Teams on tour-Part 5 (Brazil’s European Tour of 1983)

Brazil’s European Tour of 1983

In the summer of 1983, Brazil embarked on a tour of Europe.  The previous summer, the National Team had won many friends with its displays during the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
Brazil’s failure to win the World Cup had once again forced the hierarchy to dispense of Tele Santana and his ‘Jogo Bonito’ and try yet another experiment with physical football at the expense of their Traditional game based upon skill.
The man tasked with this was Carlos Alberto Parreira. He had been Kuwait’s Manager during the previous World Cup in Spain. He was a physical trainer, who had once been part of Mario Zagalo’s staff during the 1970 World Cup before making the leap into a coaching career.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Brazil Manager Carlos Alberto Parreira with reporters)

Like his mentor Zagalo, he was a strong proponent of physical and defensive training (or there lack off for Brazil, as far as he was concerned).
He declared that he wanted a more of a ‘fighting spirit’ from the National Team.
He was put in charge to prepare for the 1986 World Cup in mind. However, he was fully aware that being the Brazil National team Manager could very well turn out to be a short affair.
For the time being, he described the National Team as a laboratory for him in the preparations for the World Cup in a few years, as he was aware that by 1986 Zico, Socrates and Junior would be 33 or so.
From the beginning some of the 1982 World Cup players were discarded.
This included goalkeeper Valdir Peres and controversial striker Serginho.
From the 1982 squad, the home based stars such as Leandro, Oscar, Luizinho, Cerezo, Junior, Zico, Socrates, Eder, Paulo Isidoro, Pedrinho, Renato and Batista were still in contention. As were, overseas based stars such as Falcao and Edinho.
Since the end of the World Cup, Brazil had not played any matches. They played their first match under C.A. Parreira in the new year (1983), a friendly vs. Chile on April 28th.
The new-look Brazil narrowly defeated Chile (3-2) at Maracana, without impressing much.
Brazil’s weakness in the goalkeeping department had forced Parreira to recall Emerson Leao after so many years away.
Parreira had stated that Vasco da Gama’s Acacio would have been his starting goalkeeper, but due to injury he missed his chance on this tour.

Tita had also earned a recall, while defenders Marinho and Marcio Rossini and striker Joao Paulo made their debuts.
Another problem for Brazil was the loss of form of Flamengo’s defensive pair of Leandro and Junior. Due to the lack of adequate alternatives, Parreira maintained both.
Carlos Alberto Parreira was critical, of his Predecessor, Tele Santana’s disorganized defense. He believed that everything was aimed at an attacking style of play with not much thought given about the defensive organization. Parreira was openly critical of the fact that under Santana players were under orders not to commit deliberate fouls.
In his new regime, the players had orders to commit fouls in dangerous situations.
According to Parreira good technique was not enough, Physical strength was also necessary for today’s game and that was the reasons that players such as Batista, Tita and Marinho were important to the implementation of his plans.
The majority of Parreira’s new training sessions involved the defensive aspects of the game, especially defending in corners.
He was fully aware of the difficulty of the Tour and pointed out that every team played their best against Brazil.
The Tour in question had been scheduled for June. Brazil were to play Portugal (on the 8th), Wales (on the 12th), Switzerland (on the 17th) and conclude with Sweden (on the 22nd).
Initially West Germany had ben lined up for the friendly on June 12th, but due to their unavailability , Wales replaced them.
In fact in addition to West Germany, C.A.Parreira had been hoping to have France and Italy as opponents as well, but they were also unavailable.
Carlos Alberto Parreira named his squad for the Tour, and as soon as he did he was faced with the problem endemic with Brazilian Football.
Many of the clubs refused to release their players due to their own interests.
Flamengo had upcoming matches in both the Copa Libertadores and the Brazilian Cup. They withdrew their players from the Tour.
This included Superstar Zico, along with Leandro, Junior and Marinho.
Zico himself was in midst of being transferred from Flamengo to Serie A’s Udinese. Zico, aged 30, had to be sold, because there was a Law in Brazil that specified that a player is a free agent past the age of 32. Flamengo were forced to sell him to make any profit.
In fact Italian clubs approached many other 1982 World Cup stars. AC Milan and AS Roma approached Team Captain Socrates, but both were denied. Eder was also subject of what would have been a World record transfer fee from Ajman of United Arab Emirates.
Toninho Cerezo, who was not called up for the Tour due to injury, did join AS Roma that summer to link up with his compatriot Paulo Roberto Falcao.
The other selected players who withdrew due to injuries and/or club commitments were: Paulo Roberto and Tita (both Gremio), Oscar and Renato (both Sao Paulo), Nene (Palmeiras), Dema (Santos) and Reinaldo (Atletico Mineiro).
Betão (Recife), Edson (Ponte Preta), 1982 WC veteran Luizinho (Atletico Mineiro), Toninho Carlos (Santos) and Alemão (Botafogo) were called up as replacements.
The Tour kicked off on June 8th vs. Portugal at Coimbra. The Portuguese hosts lined up a weakened side. The squad included no Benfica and Porto players as they were preparing for the Portuguese Cup Final (Incidentally the Cup Final was eventually postponed until August).  Brazil played in front of its lowest ever crowd (12,000).
They tore apart the weakened home side. Pita lined up for Brazil for his first cap since 1981. Edson, Jorginho and Carlos Alberto Borges made their debuts for Brazil.
Antonio Careca showed just how he was missed in Spain (missed the squad through a late injury) by scoring twice.
He scored his first just before halftime from an Eder corner taken from the left.
Just a minute later, Careca intercepted a ball in midfield and sent Socrates through to score.
Ten minutes into the second half, Eder found Socrates, who laid it for Careca to score the third. Ten minutes later, Careca sent a low cross from the right that Pedrinho scored from close range.
Antonio Careca had impressed the most, however, given the quality of the opposition, no clear judgment could have been made about Brazil’s true capabilities.

Photo From:  Placar, Issue 682, June 17, 1983
(Socrates, June 8, 1983, Portugal 0-Brazil 4)

Next up, Brazil faced Wales at Cardiff. Wales Manager Mike England felt the match was important. He stated ‘for the education of each Welsh player it’s a unique experience’.
Parreira named an unchanged side. The new Brazil were faced with difficulties against a much-improved opponent. Wales were in general in more control of the match and the Brazilians struggled. The hosts scored first as early as the 4th minute. David Giles crossed from the left side and Brian Flynn scored from a powerful diving header.

Photo From:  Onze, Issue 92, August 1983
(Antonio Careca, June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

Photo From:  Onze, Issue 92, August 1983
(Brazil squad, June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1)

Brazil were fortunate that Emerson Leao was in fine firm and pulled off many saves.
In the second half, Parreira sent on Paulo Isidoro in the place of Tita and the change was beneficial. Brazil started to play better and had more chances.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Careca,  June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Joe Jones, Socrates and Neville Southall,  June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

Photo From:  Onze, Issue 92, August 1983
(Pita, June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

Brazil tied up the match through Isidoro himself in a somewhat controversial manner.
While Welshman Jeremy Charles was on the ground injured, Brazil played on and Batista sent a long cross into the box that Paulo Isidoro retrieved and scored from close range.
The fans jeered the decision and the Welsh players also protested but the goal stood. All in all, it had been a stiff test for Brazil against an opponent that the 1982 Crop would have easily defeated.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Nigel Vaughan, Eder and Batista,  June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

Photo From:  Onze, Issue 92, August 1983
(Mickey Thomas and Carlos Alberto Borges, June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Pita,  June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

For their third match, Switzerland hosted Brazil in Basel on June 17th.
Parreira made some changes to his starting lineup. Edson and Toninho Carlos started in defense in place of Betao and Luizinho respectively.
After his positive display vs. Wales, Paulo Isidoro also got the nod in place of Pita and Joao Paulo started in place of Eder.
In addition Alemão replaced Batista in midfield.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(David Giles and Luizinho,  June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Nigel Vaughan and Batista,  June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

The Swiss went ahead in the 33rd minute through a penalty kick from Andre Egli. The spot kick had been awarded after Marcio had fouled Braschler. The foul had actually taken place outside of the box and initially the Referee had awarded a free kick before reversing himself and facing the predictable Brazilian protests. Switzerland went close again when Claudio Sulser hit the post.

Photo From:  Onze, Issue 92, August 1983
(Carlos Alberto Parreira, June 12, 1983, Wales 1-Brazil 1 )

Midway through the second half, Parreira sent on Eder in place of Carlos Alberto Borges (65th minute) and Batista was sent on for Alemao (73rd minute).
Brazil gradually got back in the game and with less than a quarter hour remaining; Socrates was pushed in the back from In-Albon and the Referee awarded a penalty kick that seemed harsh after viewing Television replays. Socrates himself took the kick and leveled the score.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(June 17, 1983, Switzerland 1-Brazil 2 )

With a few minutes left, Careca headed the winning goal from close range from a Marcio cross after a scramble in the box following a corner by Joao Paulo.
Despite the victory, Brazil once again had failed to impress in a foul ridden match that included an avalanche of free kicks.
Brazil were to conclude their tour at Göteborg vs. Sweden, 25 years after the 1958 World Cup Final between the two teams when Sweden hosted the World Cup.
Parreira started the squad that had ended the Switzerland match with Batista and Eder back in the starting lineup in place of Alemao and Carlos Alberto Borges.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Emerson Leao, June 22, 1983, Sweden 3-Brazil 3)

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(June 22, 1983, Sweden 3-Brazil 3)

In the most entertaining match of this tour, Brazil opened the scoring in the 7th minute, when Marcio beautifully back heeled a corner taken from the right by Joao Paulo (Twenty minutes later, Marcio was forced off injured and replaced by Luizinho).
Sweden got the upper hand and scored twice in quick succession. In the 14th minute, the Stuttgart-bound Dan Corneluisson scored with a low shot after Ramberg had evaded many Brazilians to put him through.
Just four minutes later, Ulf Eriksson sent in a long cross from right that Glen Hysen headed in.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Socrates, Peter Nilsson and Edson,, June 22, 1983, Sweden 3-Brazil 3)

Four minutes after that, Brazil leveled the score. Thomas Ravelli parried a shot from the left side and Careca headed in the rebound.
In the 33rd minute, Ramberg once again sent Corneluisson through to score Sweden’s third.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Marcio and Dan Corneluisson,, June 22, 1983, Sweden 3-Brazil 3)

For the second half, Parreira sent on Jorginho in place of Joao Paulo. Jorginho moved to midfield and Eder was pushed into a more forward position.
In the 76th minute, Socrates sent in a through pass from the middle for Jorginho, who dribbled past Ravelli and scored the tying goal.
The temperamental Eder was sent off for retaliating after a foul by Erlandssen.

The Tour had not been the success that many Brazilians would have envisioned. After building such global goodwill following their 1981 Tour and specially the previous year’s World Cup, it was obvious that the new defensive Brazil was struggling and not pleasant to watch.
It is worth mentioning that stars such as Zico, Junior, Cerezo and Falcao were missing and that may have also handicapped Brazil.
Of all the matches, only the Sweden encounter seemed satisfactory from a technical standpoint, while the Portugal match was written off altogether as no more than a practice session due to the Benfica/Porto absences.
Marcio and Jorginho came away with some credit, but the majority did not. Betao did not take his chance to exploit Leandro’s absence and instead one could stay Edson scored points for the right back position.
The right wing was a continuous problem with no adequate solution; despite some positive displays Jorginho and Paulo Isidoro did not appear to be the solution for Brazil in that position.

Photo From:  Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983
(Socrates with an exchanged jersey, June 22, 1983, Sweden 3-Brazil 3)

The experimentation of deploying Eder in Zico’s position was a failure, as were Pita and Carlos Alberto Borges in the same position.
In the left wing, Eder and Joao Paulo were also sub-par.
Antonio Careca came away as Brazil’s goalscoring solution and would remain so for the years to come.
Right after this Tour, Brazil took part in the Copa America. The style of play was just as dour and deplorable as the tour had been despite Brazil reaching the Final.
Brazil lost the two-legged Final to Uruguay and Carlos Alberto Parreira’s time was up.
Years later, during his second stint as National Team Manager (1991-1994), he recounted how he deplored the reluctance of clubs to release players for National team duty and felt no need to continue at the time.
His second spell of course culminated with the World Cup win 1994. Despite the victory his style never pleased the Brazilian public. That did not stop the CBF to hire him a third time (2003-2006).
This tour was not a good omen for Brazil’s near future and they struggled and went through two other managers until recalling Tele Santana again for the 1986 World Cup.

The selected squad for the European Tour:
Emerson Leão (Sport Club Corinthians Paulista- São Paulo)
Joao Marcos Buena da Silva (Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras- São Paulo)
Acacio Cordeiro Barreto (Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama - Rio de Janeiro) (injured prior to the start of Tour)

’Betão’  (Sport Club do Recife-Recife)          (not on original list but called up afterwards)
Édson Boaro (Associação Atlética Ponte Preta- São Paulo) (not on original list but called up afterwards)
Marco Antônio Rossini ‘Márcio Rossini’ (Santos Futebol Clube- Santos - São Paulo)
Luiz Carlos FerreiraLuizinho’ (Clube Atlético Mineiro- Belo Horizonte) (not on original list but called up afterwards)
Pedro Luís VicençotePedrinho (Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama - Rio de Janeiro)
Antônio Carlos Corrêa ‘Toninho Carlos’ (Santos Futebol Clube- Santos - São Paulo) (not on original list but called up afterwards)

João ‘Batista da Silva (Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras- São Paulo)
Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira (captain) (Sport Club Corinthians Paulista- São Paulo)
Edvaldo Oliveira Chaves ‘Pita’ (Santos Futebol Clube- Santos - São Paulo) Jorge Antônio Puttinatti  ‘Jorginho’  (Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras- São Paulo)
’Paulo Isidoro’ de Jesus (Santos Futebol Clube- Santos - São Paulo)
Ricardo Rogério de Brito ‘Alemão’ (Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas- Rio de Janeiro) (not on original list but called up afterwards)

’Carlos Alberto Borges’
(Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras- São Paulo)
Antônio de Oliveira Filho Careca’ (São Paulo Futebol Clube- São Paulo) 
ÉderAleixo de Assis (Clube Atlético Mineiro- Belo Horizonte)  
João Paulo de Lima Filho ‘João Paulo’ (Santos Futebol Clube- Santos - São Paulo)  

Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

The Original squad included the following players that were all subsequently withdrawn for club commintments/injuries or otherwise:
José ‘Leandro’ de Souza Ferreira (Clube de Regatas Flamengo- Rio de Janeiro)  
Paulo Roberto Curtis Cesta (Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense) 
Mario Caetano Filho Marinho-RJ (Clube de Regatas Flamengo- Rio de Janeiro)  
José Oscar Bernardi (São Paulo Futebol Clube- São Paulo) 
Jose Luis Santana  Nene (Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras- São Paulo)
 Leovegildo Lins GamaJúnior(Clube de Regatas Flamengo- Rio de Janeiro)
Artur Antunes Coimbra Zico (Clube de Regatas Flamengo- Rio de Janeiro) Carlos ‘Renato Frederico (São Paulo Futebol Clube- São Paulo)
Mílton Queiroz da Paixão Tita’ (Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense) 
Valdemar Barbosa ‘Dema’ (Santos Futebol Clube- Santos - São Paulo)
Jose Reinaldo de Lima (Clube Atlético Mineiro- Belo Horizonte)  

The Matches on Tour:

June 8, 1983- Coimbra – Estadio Municipal
Attendance : 10,000
Referee:  Mario Luís (Portugal)
Portugal 0-Brazil 4 (Careca 39,55, Sócrates 40, Pedrinho 65)
Silvino de Almeida Louro (Vitória Sport Clube- Guimarães)
Carlos Joao Pinho Coelho (Portimonense Sporting Clube) (Gregorio Francisco Penteado Freixo (Vitória Sport Clube- Guimarães) 39th)
Antonio Henriques Fonseca Jesus Oliveira (Portimonense Sporting Clube)
Eduardo José Gomes Mendes Dito (Sporting Clube de Braga)
Mario Jorge da Silva Pinho Fernandes (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)       
Fernando Antonio de Carvalho Festas (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)  (Alfredo Magalhaes da Silva Rodrigues ‘Laureta’ (Vitória Sport Clube- Guimarães) 46th)
Ademar Moreira Marques (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)  
Rui Manuel Lima Correira ‘Palhares’ (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto) (Adelino Carlos Morais Nunes (Vitória Futebol Clube-Setúbal) 60th)
Jose Eldon Araujo Lobo Junior ‘Lito’ (Sporting Clube de Portugal-Lisboa)  
Mauricio Zacarias Reinaldo Rodrigues Gomes (Boavista Futebol Clube- Porto)
Vítor Manuel Lopes dos Santos (Sporting Clube de Braga)

Coach: Otto Martins Gloria (Brazil)

Brazil: Emerson Leão, Betão (Edson 68th), Marcio Rossini, Luizinho, Pedrinho, Batista, Sócrates, Pita (Jorginho 61st), Carlos Alberto Borges,
Antônio Careca, Eder
Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

June 12, 1983- Cardiff – Ninian Park
Attendance: 35,000
Referee:  Jan Redelfs (West Germany)
Wales 1-Brazil 1  (Brian Flynn 4        / Paulo Isidoro 60)
1-Neville Southall (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) 
2-Jeffrey Hopkins (Fulham Football Club-London / England)
5-Jeremy Melvyn Charles (Swansea City Football Club / Wales, registered in  English League)  (13-Dudley Lewis (Swansea City Football Club / Wales, registered in  English League) 62nd)
6-Kevin Ratcliffe (Everton Football Club-Liverpool / England) 
3-Joseph Patrick Jones (captain) (Chelsea Football Club-London / England)
11-Alan Davies (Manchester United Football Club / England)
8-Brian Flynn (Burnley Football Club / England)
4-Nigel Mark Vaughan (Newport County Football Club / England)
10-Michael Reginald ‘Mickey’ Thomas (Stoke City Football Club / England)
9-David Charles Giles (Crystal Palace Football Club-London / England)
7-Gordon John Davies (Fulham Football Club-London / England) (16-Stephen Lowndes (Newport County Football Club / England)  83rd)
Coach: Harold Michael ‘Mike’ England

Brazil : 1-Emerson Leão, 2- Betão, 3- Márcio Rossini, 4- Luizinho, 6-Pedrinho,
5- Batista, 8-Sócrates, 10-Pita (18-Paulo Isidoro 46th), 7-
Carlos Alberto Borges (17-Jorginho 86th), 9- Antônio Careca, 11-Éder
Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

June 17, 1983- Basel -Saint Jakob Park  
Attendance: 58,000
Referee:  Alfred William Grey (England)
Switzerland 1-Brazil 2  (Andte Egli 33 pen / Sócrates 77 pen, Antonio Careca 87)
1-Erich Burgener (captain) (Servette Football Club- Genéve) (12- Roger Berbig (Grasshopper -Club Zürich) 46)
5-Roger Wehrli (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)
6-Alain Geiger (Servette Football Club- Genéve)
4-Andre Egli (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)
2-Charly In Albon (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)
7-Marcel Koller (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)
8-Michel Decastel (Servette Football Club- Genéve)
3-Heinz Hermann (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)
9-Claudio Sulser (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)         (15-Rudolf Elsener (Fußball Club Zürich) 81st)
10-Raimondo Ponte (Grasshopper -Club Zürich)
11-Manfred Braschler (Sankt-Gallen Fußball Club)  

Coach: Paul Wolfisberg
Note: Roger Berbig assumed captaincy 46th

Brazil: 1-Emerson Leão, 2- Edson, 3- Márcio Rossini, 4- Toninho Carlos, 6-Pedrinho, 5- Alemão (16-  Batista 73rd), 8-Sócrates, 10- Carlos Alberto Borges (19-Eder 65th), 7- Paulo Isidoro , 9- Antônio Careca, 11- João Paulo
Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

June 22, 1983- Göteborg- Nya Ullevi Stadion
Attendance: 40,820
Referee:  Henning Lund-Sorensen (Denmark)
Sweden 3-Brazil 3  (Dan Corneliusson 14,33, Glen Hysen 18 / Márcio Rossini 7, Antonio Careca 22, Jorginho 76)
1-Thomas Ravelli (Östers Idrottsförening- Vaxjo)
2-Ingemar Erlandsson (Malmö Fotbollforening)
3-Glenn Hysén (IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg)
4-Sven Dahlqvist (AIK (Allmänna Idrottsklubben) Solna-Stockholm)
5-Stig Fredriksson (IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg)
8-Ulf Eiksson (Hammarby Idrottsförening- Stockholm)
6-Sten-Ove Ramberg (Hammarby Idrottsförening- Stockholm) (13-Andreas Ravelli (Östers Idrottsförening- Vaxjo) 67th )
7-Peter Nilsson (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging / Belgium (14-Tord Holmgren (IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg) 64th )
11-Tommy Holmgren (IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg)
9-Thomas Sunesson (Malmö Fotbollforening)
10- Dan Corneliusson (IFK (Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna) Göteborg)
Coach:  Lars Arnesson

Brazil: 1-Emerson Leão, 2- Edson, 3- Márcio Rossini (14-Luizinho 27th), 4- Toninho Carlos, 6-Pedrinho, 5- Batista, 8-Sócrates, 10- Eder , 7- Paulo Isidoro , 9- Antônio Careca, 11- João Paulo (19-Jorginho 46th)
Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira
Sent-off: Eder

Onze, Issue 92, August 1983 (Le P’tit tour de Bresil, by Jair Da Cuica)
Mondial, new series, issue 41, August 1983 (Brasil O Brasil, By Michel Diard)
France Football, Issue 1939, June 7, 1983 (Bresil, L’Offensive de Printemps, By Alain Fontan
World Soccer, June 1983 (Brazil back in Europe by Ricardo Weiss)
World Soccer, July 1983 (New Brazil by Eric Batty)
World Soccer, August 1983
France Football, Issue 1940, June 14, 1983 (Dieu etait Bresilien, By Alain Fontan)
France Football, Issue 1940, June 14, 1983 (Parreira :’Le Grand defi du Bresil’, By Pierre-Marie Descamps)

France Football, Issue 1941, June 21, 1983 (La fortune sourit a l’audacieux, By Alain Fontan)

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