Today the Media Center hosted H.E. Edson Marinho Duarte Monteiro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Federative Republic of Brazil.
The 20th World Cup has contributed to the development of several sectors in Brazil
‘Understandably we do not have the final figures of the impact the World Cup had on the Brazilian economy but I can say that, for example, in Sao Paolo the expectations were exceeded. This city had revenue of 1 billion reais,’ stated Mister Ambassador.
H.E. Edson Marinho Duarte Monteiro spoke about those sectors where improvement is observed owing to the World Cup. Ambassador Monteiro pointed out the improved credit card system, airports and local transportation infrastructures which ‘did perform within international norms despite the existing obstacles.’
Brazil tested for the first time the systems of 4K image transmission and 4G cell phone network that will serve Brazilians in future.
It is wrong to put all the blame for the failure of the Brazil national team on the coach
‘It is easy to put the blame on the coach but we should remember that Scolari is the coach who won the Confederation Cup a year ago,’ noted the Ambassador, adding that the Brazil national team could have been a mixture of experience and capacities. According to the r Ambassador, the team had defense problems, as well as problems with the applied tactics. In addition, the coach ‘was preparing the team with an eye for the future.’
The Ambassador described Brazil’s loss to Germany as a nightmare because he could hardly imagine that Brazil would ever lose with a score of 7-1.
In the aftermath of the World Cup many comments on inviting European coaches to train the Brazilian team are made. However, Ambassador Monteiro does not agree since such changes may result in the loss of the football style typical to Brazil and South America in general.
In Brazil, politics and football are not correlated
‘In 1998Brazil was defeated but the then government was reelected whereas in 2002, when Brazil became the World Champion, the opposition won the elections. Later in 2006 and 2010 the governments of the day were reelected despite the losses of the national team. Football and politics don’t have any correlation in Brazil,’ stated the Ambassador, emphasizing that there are many other factors that impact the Brazilian politics.
Ambassador Duarte Monteiro hoped for Argentine’s victory
‘I can’t understand why Brazilians wanted Germany to win so much. I hoped for Argentine’s victory but not for the revenge over Germany,’ mentioned Mister Ambassador, stressing his wish for the victory of Latin American football. Thus, Argentine, which plays that kind of football, should have won the match.
With respect to the two Brazilian players of the Armenian national team, the Ambassador is convinced that these two players will contribute to the team. Even though they are not Messi or Neymar, they are Latin Americans and as it is known football and Latin America are two inseparable notions.