Former Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto said criticism of Dani Alves’ call-up for the World Cup in Qatar was due to a cultural taboo on veterans that was still present in Brazilian football, which he said. lived in his last final in 2006. Brazil coach Tite drew criticism from local media after calling out Alves, 39, who last played in September and recently recovered from a knee injury .
“This age issue is cultural. I experienced it firsthand when I returned to Brazil after the 2006 World Cup,” Ze Roberto told Brazilian site UOL. “It’s hard to change that mentality, because it’s part of the culture of the Brazilian fans, of the press.
“In my case, I had to face a taboo. From what I see, this taboo has not yet been broken, it still exists today.” Ze Roberto traveled to the 2006 World Cup in Germany aged 32 after returning to Brazil after a long career in Europe, which also drew criticism in his home country.
The 48-year-old added that Alves’ experience will be of great value to a side who are among the favorites to lift the trophy in Qatar. “Daniel Alves’ experience is crucial for the group. New players have emerged who are excelling in Europe but will play their first World Cup,” said Ze Roberto.
“You need experienced players to support you. He was called up because of the great results he has had in his career and because he can still add to the World Cup, both playing and away. .” Brazil will begin their campaign for a record sixth World Cup title on Thursday against Serbia. They also face Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.
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