Alex hopes Curitiba will benefit from World Cup investment
Coritiba play-maker Alex is hopeful that the World Cup development will leave lasting improvements in the area.
Curitiba, where Coritiba are based, is one of the host cities for next summer’s showpiece event.
Alex was born there and feels it’s vital that infrastructural changes are properly concluded to ensure the city has a long-standing legacy from the World Cup.
“One of my main concerns is for the infrastructure to be finished in time for the World Cup and, principally, for there to be a willingness to carry out works that don’t depend on football,” the 36 year-old told fifa.com.
“In Curitiba, I see a desire to carry out such improvement and leave the city 100 per cent. As a Curitiba citizen, I feel I have an obligation to expect the city to improve. We have a huge rivalry between Atlético [Paranaense] and Coritiba, but at present that shouldn’t matter.
“Infrastructural and public transport works go way beyond inter-club rivalries. What matters now is making Curitiba a better place, both now and when the World Cup finishes.”
Despite his excellent domestic form, Alex is unlikely to be called up by Brazil, having not been selected for eight years. He made 48 appearances between 1998 and 2005, scoring 12 goals, and was a part of the Seleção squad that won the Copa América in 1999 and 2004, as well as the 2005 Confederations Cup.