World Cup: Brazil must mix flair with Euro style: Kean

World Cup: Brazil must mix flair with Euro style: Kean
The first locally-produced World Cup shows in 12 years feature pundits and hosts such as (from left) Gerry Armstrong, Paul Parker, Andy Penders, Steve Kean, John Wilkinson and Benoit Croissant.

Brazil may be synonymous with the beautiful side of football, with their players endowed with natural flair and creativity to dazzle their opponents.

But, according to Brunei DPMM manager Steve Kean, if the World Cup hosts wish to advance far when the tournament kicks off tonight, then their young squad have to adopt a gritty, disciplined, "European" style.

The former Blackburn Rovers manager is one of six pundits for SingTel's World Cup coverage and is confident that Brazil are potential finalists.

"It's a different type of Brazil," the 46-year-old said of the squad, with many of the players plying their trade in European leagues.

"They're brought up on a different intensity - working hard, probably being more tactically disciplined," he noted.

"And as each game goes on, they'll just get better and better."

While Kean sees them "starting games like a European team", he feels that after scoring a goal, they should have the licence to show off their flair.

This, too, will apply to their journey throughout the tournament.

Kean predicts that Brazil will meet Germany in the July 13 final, and need to keep their innate flair to defeat a team whose players are methodical and organised enough to make them seem "almost like a machine".

"I think, ultimately, you always revert back to type," the Scot said.

"The Brazilians play with flair. I think their manager will try to keep the stability in defence but, ultimately, Brazilians want to express themselves and the fans want to see attacking football."

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