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Carlos Alberto Torres would play Maicon over Dani Alves for Brazil

Alves turns 31 this year
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Former Brazil right back carlos Alberto Torres has continued an interesting tirade against Brazil ahead of their hosting of the World Cup this year. The 1970 winner, after berating coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, has suggested that one of the team's most established members be dropped in favour of an older head.

The man in question is Dani Alves of Barcelona who, with 72 caps to his name already, is seen by most as one of the Selecao's most potent attacking threats, as well as being a vital defensive component. 

Alberto disagrees with the selection policy though, and told Goal that he thought another man was better suited to the task: "Dani Alves is almost perfect with Barcelona, but he's not as good with the national side."

"He always seems a bit lost due to Brazil's different style. He is very strong going forward and also at the back."

"Maicon (of Roma) has a bit more experience and I think that in certain areas he's better suited to the Selecao than Alves. I like Maicon a lot. The only problem could be his age. This will be his last chance at a World Cup."

Alberto's comments will come as something of a surprise to many, especially considering the fact that he played in the position himself to distinction. Will Scolari heed the advice? Not a chance.


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