I've come across a few articles about the match between Brazil and France which shed light on a dirty deal between France and Brazil. One article reads that an Email from France reveals that the French give Brazilians 25 million Euros to buy the qualification for the semi-final.

Personlly I think the French team is incomparable to the Brazilian team.

I like the Brazilian team very much and I don't think they would engage in such a deal.

What's your point? Have you heard of similar rumors?

No, I don’t think that is the case here. Brazil lost simply because France played better. Brazil looked good on paper but their players did not play as a unit.

BBC Sport pundits Leonardo and Marcel Desailly reveal where it all went wrong for Brazil and how France have turned around their fortunes.

Brazil took the decision to take part in only one warm-up match before jetting to Germany - a convincing 4-0 win over New Zealand.

France, meanwhile, won all three of their pre-tournament friendlies against Mexico, Denmark and China.

Former Brazil star Leonardo told BBC Sport: "Brazil arrived at the World Cup like globetrotters and were expected to go out and win it but they never turned up."

The difference in attitude between the two teams also tells its own story.

Brazil's players have failed to rally around struggling striker Ronaldo, while France have recovered from embarrassing tournaments at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.

Leonardo said: "Brazil have very good players but they were never a good team.

"The spirit was not there and you could see that even after the defeat. The players don't feel that much."

Desailly added: "France have shown the spirit, attitude and have respected the tactics and stuck together. They are in a new circle and new way of winning."

In any sports, particularly in soccer, there is something called "hex" or "an evil spell, a curse" between certain teams. For Brazil, its nemesis is always France.

Brazil hasn’t beaten France, and what happened in the quarterfinal game was no fluke. The French team moved faster, was more coordinated, and attacked often. Brazil was poor in defense, and mounted only ineffective attacks.

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No, I don’t think that is the case here. Brazil lost simply because France played better. Brazil looked good on paper but their players did not play as a unit.

BBC Sport pundits Leonardo and Marcel Desailly reveal where it all went wrong for Brazil and how France have turned around their fortunes.

Brazil took the decision to take part in only one warm-up match before jetting to Germany - a convincing 4-0 win over New Zealand.

France, meanwhile, won all three of their pre-tournament friendlies against Mexico, Denmark and China.

Former Brazil star Leonardo told BBC Sport: "Brazil arrived at the World Cup like globetrotters and were expected to go out and win it but they never turned up."

The difference in attitude between the two teams also tells its own story.

Brazil's players have failed to rally around struggling striker Ronaldo, while France have recovered from embarrassing tournaments at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.

Leonardo said: "Brazil have very good players but they were never a good team.

"The spirit was not there and you could see that even after the defeat. The players don't feel that much."

Desailly added: "France have shown the spirit, attitude and have respected the tactics and stuck together. They are in a new circle and new way of winning."

In any sports, particularly in soccer, there is something called "hex" or "an evil spell, a curse" between certain teams. For Brazil, its nemesis is always France.

Brazil hasn’t beaten France, and what happened in the quarterfinal game was no fluke. The French team moved faster, was more coordinated, and attacked often. Brazil was poor in defense, and mounted only ineffective attacks.



Thanks. Brazilian players must have been too tired to score, especially Ronaldinho.

Being an avid fan of Brazil, I was very sad it lost the game to France, but I believe Brazil will win the 2010 World Cup.

Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, you should have a glorious exit. I'd like to see your wonderful performance in 2010 in South Africa.

Byron