Brazil remains ‘lame’… on the sides

LThe roster of attackers for Brazil for the 2022 World Cup ‘scares’: Neymar, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, Antony, Martinelli and Pedro.

However, it is not gold everything that shines. The ‘Seleao’ that launched the world to Jorginho, Caf, Marcelo, Maicon, Roberto Carlos, Carlos Alberto, Nilton Santos, Branco…‘limps’ on the sides.

The full-backs of Brazil in the last eight World Cups

  • Italy 1990 –> Jorginho, Branco and Mazinho
  • USA 1994 –> Jorginho, Branco, Caf and Leonardo
  • France 1998 –> Caf, Roberto Carlos, Z Carlos and Z Roberto
  • Korea and Japan 2002 –> Caf, Roberto Carlos, Beletti and Jnior
  • Germany 2006 –> Caf, Roberto Carlos, Cicinho and Gilberto
  • South Africa 2010 –> Maicon, Bastos, Dani Alves and Gilberto
  • Brazil 2014 –> Dani Alves, Marcelo, Maicon and Maxwell
  • Russia 2018 –> Danilo, Marcelo, Fagner and Filipe Lus

The call of Dani Alves and Danilo for the right side and Alex Telles and Alex Sandro on the left is what has generated the most criticism. “For the first time, the country that has produced the best full-backs in history is going to a World Cup with very weak full-backs,” says journalist Marcos Uchoa.

For the first time, the country that has manufactured the best full-backs in history is going to a World Cup with very weak full-backs

Mark Uchoa

Tite defends Alves

“I respect all the opinions, but I did not come to please the users of the social networks. The criteria for summoning Dani Alves is the same as for the rest. I want the full-backs to play on the inside, generating play and Dani Alves has impressive quality in that sense”, Tite defended himself.

I want the full-backs to play on the inside, generating play and Dani Alves has impressive quality in that sense.

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Almost all the criticism, to tell the truth, focuses on Dani Alves, who, at 39, is facing his third World Cup. “It is a joke in bad taste to call him. Nothing justifies his call”, exclaimed journalist Renato Mauricio Prado. “Summoning Dani Alves is a lie, a shame, a lack of respect for the rest of the full-backs”, suggested another chronicler, Neto, on ‘TV Bandeirantes’.

Former Brazilian international Walter Casagrande, a World Cup player in Mexico ’86, also questions the decision: “Dani Alves came to Sao Paulo and did not play, Barcelona left him out of the Europa League and at Pumas he was a total failure. I think Marcos Rocha (Palmeiras) has done better in recent years.”

Dani Alves came to Sao Paulo and did not play, Barcelona left him out of the Europa League and at Pumas he was a total failure

Walter Casagrande

The Militao option as ‘2’ wins integers

Café, captain of 2002 world champion Brazil, suggests an alternative solution: “We have good wingers, but they will place Militao on the right wing to strengthen the defense. He has the strength to attack and defend”, he assured ‘TV Gazeta’.

We have good full-backs, but he will place Militao on the right-back to reinforce the defense

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On the other hand, Tostao, a World Cup player with Brazil in England’66 and Mexico’70, defends the ‘candidacy’ of Dani Alves: “The national team does not have an optimal side and the commission found that Alves is in good shape. I believe, therefore, that his call is a success.”

The national team does not have an optimal full-back and Alves is in good shape, I think his call-up is a success

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The ex-madridista Danilo, Alves’ teammate and rival on the right side, also endorses his presence in Qatar: “He is a player who inspires us. We all know what it stands for. Throughout his career he has shown great resilience to always come back to the top. He can contribute a lot to us, and not only at the leadership level. He has quality in the pass and you find spaces like few other players”.

He can contribute a lot to us, and not only at the leadership level. He is a player who inspires us

Danilo

Brazil remains ‘lame’… on the sides