The Return of Nilmar
“Don’t they have anyone better than those two?”
This question and its variants were prevalent during the World Cup as bewildered fans gazed upon host nation Brazil’s less than glamorous forward line. Given a response of a binary nature, “no” would be the closest answer to the truth.
Outside of the mostly ignored Diego Costa (until he decided to play for Spain that is) there were few names with the shine capable of obscuring Fred and Jô in Luis Felipe Scolari’s vision. The presence of Diego Tardelli as the foremost replacement in Dunga’s new-look Brazil only underlines the current lack of quality in the position. Those capable of ably carrying the burden of Brazil’s number nine shirt in this era faded away long before the World Cup.
Now, months after Brazil’s ignominious exit from the competition, one of these dimmed lights has returned to the country from a luxurious, self-imposed exile. After five years on the road, Nilmar is home, not just in the land of his birth, but at Internacional, the club where he is an idol.