‘Brazil have learned from 2014 World Cup failure’ – Thiago Silva
The defender was suspended for his side’s 7-1 defeat on home soil four years ago, but believes that harsh lesson has made them stronger.
Thiago Silva claims that Brazil have learned from their humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany at the 2014 World Cup and will use it to inspire victory at this summer’s tournament.
The defender was suspended for that game four years ago as Brazil were dumped out of the World Cup in front of their home fans, losing to the eventual winners and breaking their international record for most goals conceded in a single match in the process.
Along with Germany, Brazil are again one of the favourites for the tournament, and the PSG centre-back is optimistic that the end result will be different in Russia as Brazil look to seal a record sixth World Cup tournament win.
He admits that the Selecao have grown since that loss and that their aim is to finish as world champions once more.
“Each day you learn something new. Professionally, personally and even emotionally, because the emotional aspect is so important,” Thiago Silva told Goal.
“Many times we try to change it, but we can’t. Me personally I don’t want to change it, I’d rather that all happens naturally. Things happened, good or bad, but naturally. We have to learn that not everyone deserves our tears. You have to do the right thing even if someone mocks you.
“I rarely change my opinion about what I believe, but the learning is huge after all that happened since 2014. We hope that 2018 may be different for Thiago Silva in the Brazil national team.
“Our final goal is to be the world champions, but there’s a long road ahead to play a great World Cup and finish it the best way possible: with the trophy.”
Having made his debut in 2008, this summer’s competition will be the third for Thiago Silva, but in 2010, he was forced to watch from the bench as Brazil reached the quarter-final stage. He captained them to the 2013 Confederations Cup, but could not repeat the feat on home soil, where yellow card suspension caused him to miss their crucial semi-final with Germany.
Thiago Silva now has 70 caps for his country, but feels incredibly proud every time he wears the distinctive yellow strip.
“It’s different. This is a unique moment. Not every player could wear this jersey,” he said.
“Many have the talent to play here, what makes the competition even harder, so you have to do something extra to wear this kit.
“There’s history, a responsability in these five stars, so you always have to do something extra for the over 200 million people in Brazil. Each day we go to our limit to honour it.”
He remembers playing street football in barefeet and the joy that the 1994 World Cup brought to the country as Brazil lifted their fourth trophy with a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Italy following a scoreless draw at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
“The first thing that comes to mind is the 1994 World Cup” Thiago Silva admits.
“We had an amazing attacking duo with Bebeto and Romario. The final match is a strong memory, when Roberto Baggio missed that penalty kick. That’s a memory that is part of my childhood.
“I remember I’d be playing in the streets with friends, sometimes barefooted. I’d come home with sore feet, but wanting to do the same the day after.
“That passion made us keep playing. Playing in the dirt was our daily joy.”
Thiago Silva is hoping Brazil can bring similar joy to the people back home when they kick off their World Cup campaign on June 17 against Switzerland.