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Brazil's Dante would bring talent, height to defensive effort
Brazil's Dante would bring talent, height to defensive effort

With all of Brazil's national hand-wringing over the loss of Neymar for Tuesday's World Cup showdown with Germany, the host country's citizens might want to use a finger or two on another missing luminary. Nobody is making the case yet that the Energizer Bunny-like Neymar, out with a broken back bone, is Planet Futbol's finest forward. On the topic of baddest defender, though, Thiago Silva is part of the discussion. If Brazil loses, he will be prominently discussed as culpable, having been suspended for a second yellow card on the most inexcusable in a flood of fouls in the previous match. His replacement is no slouch. The veteran Dante, 30, has logged five seasons in the esteemed German...

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