Written byRajdeep Saha
Fans, across the globe, were left disappointed with the result of a side that was decimated 1-7 by Germany in the 2014 edition.
The recent memories are painful. But what next for Brazil?
Post the loss, manager Tite has a lot to ponder about.
Should he stay? Should he continue to build on what he started?
Under him, Brazil delivered several stunning performances. The most memorable is how they dominated the World Cup Qualifiers.
Brazil played with cohesion and pressed hard.
He has built a great squad and should be given, at least, one more chance.
Brazil last won the World Cup in 2002.
In the next 4 editions, Brazil did not even reach the finals once, as they saw their influence shrink.
On the other hand, in this period, the European sides have claimed authority.
Like other South American giants, Brazil have failed to live upto the billing and now need to go back to the drawing board.
Under Tite, Brazil have scored 56 goals in 26 games.
At the back, as well, they have been stingy. They haven't allowed much to pass through them.
Even against Belgium they started off well, until Roberto Martinez's false nine tactic paid dividends.
However, the players haven't been influential in big games. If Brazil have to win a major trophy, this has to be rectified.
Brazil need to win the Copa America 2019 to announce to the world that they are back to winning ways.
Since 1975, they have claimed 5 Copa titles with the last coming back in 2007.
And the stage is set for Neymar to show his strengths.
He wasn't at his best in Russia and needs to put the agony behind and march on.
Brazil do not need to build a side as they have a strong unit with plenty of match-winners in their ranks. It is a positive thing for them. They just need to rectify small issues and be more clinical at the big stage.
Love Sports news?
Subscribe to stay updated.