Neymar could play the final, well that’s the rumour at least egged on by some doctor the Daily Telegraph have wheeled out. But is Filipe Scolari going to field a play er who has spent the last week away from the training ground lying on his back. It suggests to the other Brazilian players that even an injured Neymar is better than them. At the moment Filipao has a motivated squad ready to play for Neymar and raise their game. In any case, it’s doubtful that Barcelona would allow the Brazilian football federation to take risks with their asset in such a way. The CBF and Neymar have said as much in a statement reported by The Guardian.
If anything, Neymar’s injury could be a good thing for the Brazilian team. The Barcelona striker hadn’t exactly been effective since the opening game. In any case, Selecao still has to overcome Germany in their semi-final game today.
Meanwhile, Brazilian police has made 11 arrests in Operation Jules Rimet which they say has broken up a ticket touting ring. The arrests included British chief executive of FIFA partner Match Hospitality who was arrested at the Copacabana Palace hotel accused of mishandling tickets mny of which were originally destined for players families.