World Cup: Brazil’s woes are deep-rooted – Gilberto




 BY AGENCY REPORTER

Long-standing issues throughout the Brazilian game led to disappointment in the World Cup, according to Gilberto Silva, Soccernet reports.

The 2002 World Cup winner believes the Brazilian Football Confederation needs to work closer with the government, club sides and ex-professionals to improve football at every level in the country.

Having won the right to host the 2014 tournament – despite their bid leading to mass protests due to the amount of money required to stage the World Cup –Brazil could not deliver the trophy and were humiliated in the semifinals as they crashed out following a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.

Holland then inflicted more pain as they beat the hosts to win the third-place playoff 3-0 and Gilberto believes the problems are much deeper than the current crop of internationals simply not measuring up to their predecessors.
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“It is hard to say where things went wrong,’’ he told BBC Radio 5Live’s Sportsweek.

“It is not all about the national team – it is about what is happening in Brazilian football. They way people administrate football and run football in this country, they must work better on coaching schools and academies.

“There is something also with the country’s problems — at some point that is nothing to do with football but at times they come together.

“Everyone expected us to win as a solution for the problems in our country but I hope people pay attention and try to work better to find a solution, that is what I want.’’

The former Arsenal midfielder revealed he had teamed up with a number of former internationals to raise concerns about the running of the Brazilian game 12 months ago.[eap_ad_3] 

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