Former Chelsea boss in row with Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes

Luiz Felipe Scolari risked the wrath of the man they call 'Osram' with his decision to call up Dante and Luiz Gustavo for the uocoming international friendlies.

The great war between club and country is again sprouting from the ground this week with ding-dongs galore in the debate over which should carry the bigger weight of significance for the professional footballer of today.

Roy Hodgson was certainly nonplussed about the fact Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur decided it was the perfect time to start playing pointless friendly matches of their own at the end of the season.

He argued that the countries pointless friendlies were far more important than the clubs equally as pointless friendlies; either way the friendlies were pointless.

Now recently retired from international football Rio Ferdinand has been laying into the England team. The Manchester United defender criticising the way we play the game; and for once he actually had a point.

But the greatest battle in this global warfare has been between two of the historically pre-eminent football forces; Germany and Brazil.

And it has something to do with one of our ... pointless friendlies.

England will take on Brazil at the ramshackle building site formerly known as the illustrious Estadio do Maracana this Sunday.

For Brazil it is another opportunity to get a run-around before they finally get the chance to play some competitive football; with the Confederations Cup around the corner.

And their coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, briefly of Chelsea fame, has a desire to play his best team in the friendly against our bare essential England side.

Because obviously he wants to win the Confed Cup in his homeland and if he doesn’t history would show there is a real possibility of him being shown the exit door.

So with that in mind he obviously wants the two internationals currently playing for the best team in the world to be present.

So Dante and Luiz Gustavo of Bayern Munich were always going to be in the squad.

But he has risked the wrath of Jupp Heynckes with the decision; and that is a wrath I do not wish upon anybody.

The Bayern coach was given the nickname ‘Osram’, after the German lighting company, due to the blood red pigment his face flashes into once he doesn’t get his way.

And with Bayern in action against Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal final this Saturday he spoke of the Brazilian pairs destitution at missing out on proceedings:

"I have rarely seen such disappointment in players. On one hand the players worked all year for the championship, for the Champions League and of course for the German Cup, to be ready for it. Suddenly, two games before the final, you say, `No sorry, it's not going to happen. You have to go to your homeland to take part in - let me say - an unimportant practice game. Personally I don't understand it at all, and I told Felipe Scolari that."

I would love to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation.

But as an England fan I just hope Dante and Gustavo's minds are elsewhere when we face Selecao on Sunday.

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