“It’s never too late, or, in my case, too early to be who you want to be. There is no time limit, stop whenever you want”. the movie excerpt The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, from 2008, directed by David Finsher, fits perfectly into the goal of the most experienced athlete of the Brazilian Soccer Team at the Tokyo Olympics.
The character in the film is born old and rejuvenates as time goes on.
Daniel Alves, 38, is the most victorious player in the history of world football – he has 41 titles in his career. However, he didn’t win everyone who would like them. Among those missing is the Olympic medal. The right-back and probable captain of the selection in Tokyo, begins his journey in search of another conquest this Thursday (22), at 8:30 am, at the Yokohama International Stadium, against Germany.
Even after so many finals and debuts, the Brazilian Benjamin Button still feels butterflies in his stomach before the ball rolls in his first Olympiad.
“I’m like Benjamin Button. I go from more to less. Being here is very special to me. I hit the beam twice and the third time it happened. I am very grateful for the confidence and respect for the work built throughout my career. I am a person who has very young spirit. No matter what story you have, the first time is always very special. We are here with equal experience, the vast majority, because we have never participated in an event as huge and important as this one. As much as I have lived special and grand moments, the first time always has butterflies in my stomach, that good, healthy nervousness. I hope to measure up not only to the competition but also to my team”, said the full-back, at a press conference.
As fate would have it, Brazil would face, in the first round, the same opponent in the final of the 2016 Olympic Games, played in Rio. Five years ago, the 1-1 draw with Germany in normal time took the decision to penalties , and the Brazilian team got its first Olympic gold in soccer in the crowded Maracanã. The promise is a balanced duel between two favorite teams, as coach André Jardine hopes.
“It really is a great world classic, a match that has a wonderful history, and it’s an honor for all of us to be a part of this history. They are two teams that respect each other a lot, that will alternate within the game in dominance. I believe in a very equal game, very hard, difficult, and which will probably be decided in detail, in strategy, in the most concentrated team”, said the coach.
The Brazilian team should enter the field with Santos, Daniel Alves, Diego Carlos, Nino and Guilherme Arana; Douglas Luiz, Bruno Guimarães and Claudinho; Richarlison, Matheus Cunha and Antony.
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