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FIFA World Cup Brazil squad: Brazil’s Ze Roberto defends Tite’s call-up of Alves

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FIFA World Cup Brazil squad: Brazil’s World Cup squad – Former Brazil midfielder Ze Roberto criticized Dani Alves’ call-up to…

FIFA World Cup Brazil squad: Brazil’s World Cup squad – Former Brazil midfielder Ze Roberto said the criticism of Dani Alves’ call-up to the World Cup in Qatar was due to a cultural taboo on veterans still present in Brazilian football, something he experienced in his last finals in 2006. Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 updates with Akashera.IN

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FIFA World Cup Brazil squad: Brazil’s Ze Roberto defends Tite’s call-up of Alves

Brazil coach Tite drew criticism from local media after calling on Alves, 39, who last played in September and recently recovered from a knee injury. “This issue of age is cultural. I experienced it firsthand when I returned to Brazil after the 2006 World Cup,” Ze Roberto told Brazilian website UOL.

“It is difficult to change this mentality because it is part of the culture of the Brazilian fans, in the press. “In my case, I kind of had to face a taboo. As far as I can see, this taboo has not been broken yet, it exists to this day.”

Ze Roberto went to the 2006 World Cup in Germany aged 32 after returning to Brazil after a long career in Europe, something that also sparked criticism in his home country. The now 48-year-old added that Alves’ experience will be of great value to a team that is 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 be playing in their first World Cup. Ze Roberto said.

“You need players with experience to back you up. He has been called up because of the fantastic results he has had in his career and because he can still add to the World Cup both on and off the pitch.”

Brazil begin their campaign for a record-extending sixth World Cup title on Thursday against Serbia. They also take on Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.

FIFA World Cup Brazil squad: Brazil’s Ze Roberto defends Tite’s call-up of Alves

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