Sao Paulo: For years, it has gone without saying in Brazil that fathers do not let their children grow up to be goalkeepers.
This is the land, remember, of the jogo bonito, the beautiful game. It is for strikers and stylists and supermen. Attackers here are likened to legends like Pele; and Zico. But goalkeepers? They are likened to, well, poultry and produce.
That was what made Saturday so special. It was not just that the Brazilian national team beat Chile to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup. It was not even that coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his players, who know that anything less than a title will be considered a failure, are now three victories away from "reaching heaven," as Scolari said.