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World Cup winner Gilberto Silva calls for a revamp of Brazilian football

Gilberto played for Brazil on 93 occasions
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Former Brazil international Gilberto Silva, a 2002 World Cup winner, has lambasted the current state of football in his country and suggested that a complete overhaul of the policies used by the CBF is the only solution.

Silva, who starred for English side Arsenal for six years up until 2008, spoke to the press after Brazil succumbed to a 7-1 humbling by Germany last week: "It's not all about the national team."

"The way people administrate and run football in this country, they must work better on coaching schools and academies. 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."

"Year by year there is something wrong and at some point you have to feel the pain- slowly and slowly it has come to this point. People think it is just because we lost but it has been happening a long time."


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