Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Brazil coach calls for “punishment to fit the crime” on Eduardo
Dunga the Brazil coach and his assistant Jorginho have been speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly game against Sweden which is to be played at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium later this month.
They have called Arsenal’s Gilberto, Liverpool’s Lucas and Chelsea’s Alex into the squad which contains some younger players in preparation for Brazil’s participation in the Beijing Olympics.
Amongst them are Milan’s Alexander Pato and Robinho of Real Madrid.
Speaking in Rio De Janeiro both coaches felt the need to also comment on the unfortunate injury suffered by Brazilian born Eduardo Da Silva who suffered a compound fibula fracture and a dislocated ankle after a ferocious tackle by Birmingham’s Martin Taylor.
“Football is a sport of physical contact, but sometimes it is exaggerated. In the case of Eduardo, the defender placed the foot over the ball to catch his opponent” Dunga said.
Both coaches called for the laws to be corrected so that the punishment fitted the crime.
Jorginho himself a world Cup winner with Brazil (in 1994)said:
“Football has much tradition and we know how difficult it is to change. But look at what happened with Eduardo, the offender was only punished with a three game ban”
Dunga also agreed: “The laws need to be changed. We have to protect the players with technical ability and quality” he said.
Dunga is in charge of the Olympic team with Brazil attempting to win their first soccer gold medal.
But this game against Sweden is intended to comemorate the 50th anniversary of the first world title for Brazil.
It was won in 1958, against Sweden in the final(5-2).
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves (Almeria), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (Sevilla), Alex Costa (Chelsea), Juan (AS Roma), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Rafinha (Schalke 04), Leo (Gremio)
Midfielders: Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Hernanes (Sao Paulo), Josue (VfL Wolfsburg), Kaka (AC Milan), Lucas (Liverpool), Richarlyson (Sao Paulo), Diego (Werder Bremen), Julio Baptista (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Alexandre Pato (AC Milan), Rafael Sobis (Real Betis), Robinho (Real Madrid), Thiago Neves (Fluminese), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla)