BRAZILCUP-master495.jpg
Brazil’s David Luiz, top, and Chile’s Eduardo Vargas tangling in the Round of 16. At this World Cup, Brazil has embraced a rough-and-tumble style.

NYT: The 2014 World Cup has dispelled one of sports’ most entrenched (if somewhat mythical) beliefs: that Brazilian soccer is a showcase of tempo and timbre designed, above all else, to enthrall and entertain.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/sports/worldcup/world-cup-2014-brazil-eschews-the-beautiful-game-for-more-rugged-style.html?ref=worldcup