19 de julio de 2019
Hispanic World

Brazil's Dani Alves returns to the stadium where it all started

By Carlos Meneses Sanchez

 Brazilian national soccer team captain Dani Alves practices on June 7, 2019, at the Gremio training complex in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in preparation for the 2019 Copa America. EPA-EFE FILE/Sebastião Moreira

Brazilian national soccer team captain Dani Alves practices on June 7, 2019, at the Gremio training complex in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in preparation for the 2019 Copa America. EPA-EFE FILE/Sebastião Moreira

By Carlos Meneses Sanchez

Salvador, Brazil, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- Brazilian national soccer team captain Dani Alves is returning on Tuesday to Salvador's Arena Fonte Nova, the stadium where his professional career started.

The 36-year-old right back, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, is the oldest player on Brazil's 2019 Copa America roster.

The captain of coach Tite's squad said he was a phoenix born from the "dust," not ashes.

"Where I'm from, there's just dust, not much in the way of ashes," Alves said.

Born to a poor family in Juazeiro, a town in the interior of the northeastern state of Bahia, Alves will be in the starting lineup when Brazil takes on Venezuela in a Group A second-round match on Tuesday night at Arena Fonte Nova.

"Fonte Nova brings out tender feelings in me, it's where it all began. Thanks to Fonte Nova and Bahia, I'm known around the world today. You can lose everything you want, except the essence," Alves said.

Alves, who came up through the Bahia organization, signed his first contract with the "Tricolor Baiano" inside a bus.

"They went to sign another player and I was part of the package. Get this, I didn't have a professional contract. I signed it on the bus on the way to register with the federation," Alves said.

"I was able to make 60 reais (about $15 today), which at the time really helped my family. It was a lot. These are funny stories, but inspirational because you can't stop believing in your potential," Alves said.

After joining the Bahia organization, the road to the First Division was not an easy one.

In November 2001, Alves finally got his break when Bahia coach Evaristo de Macedo needed to find a right back to replace other players who were injured.

Alves was on his way to play in an under-20 tournament when he got a call telling him to report to the First-Division team.

De Macedo, however, tried out a midfielder at right back and even put a forward in that position before finally going with Alves, whom he kept mistakenly calling Samuel instead of Daniel.

"In the end, my under-20 coach told him he could count on me. He (De Macedo) said the man's game was for men and the boy's (game) was for boys. I was pretty young, but I ended up being the best one in the match. I had a penalty against me, I had an assist," Alves said.

When Alves took the field for the first time for Bahia on Nov. 11, 2001, he was 18.

Eder Militao, the youngest player on Brazil's Copa America roster, was just about to turn 4 when Alves played in his first professional match at Arena Fonte Nova.

After just over a year with Bahia, Alves was transferred to Spain's Sevilla.

Later, he would make history with Barcelona, Juventus and now PSG, winning a total of 39 titles.

Alves, however, said he was still hungry and wanted to continue playing and winning.

"I decided when to start my career and I'm going to decide when it ends," Alves said.

The Brazilian star's contract with Paris Saint-Germain ends on June 30 and an extension is still not a done deal.

Histórico de noticias
Industrial-scale copper mining begins in Ecuador at Chinese-owned project

Tundayme, Ecuador, Jul 18 (efe-epa).-- Industrial-scale copper mining in Ecuador kicked off on Thursday at a Chinese-owned project in the country's...

Eden Pastora: Leaders-turned-dissidents derailed Nicaraguan revolution

By Luis Felipe Palacios

US House votes to hold AG Barr, Commerce Sect. Ross in contempt

Washington, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Attorney General William Barr...

Bolivia's Torrez hopes she'll win Pan Am swimming medal in Lima

By Yolanda Salazar

Serra Pelada: 40 years of gold fever that devastated the Amazon jungle

By Alba Santandreu

Brazil promises to keep alive Mercosur's push that garnered EU pact

By Natalia Kidd

5 Killed in drug rehab center in western Mexico

Mexico City, Jul 17 (efe-epa).- Five men were shot and killed at a drug rehabilitation center in Morelia, capital of the western Mexican state of Michoacan,...

Guatemalan migrants return from US with complaints re treatment in shelters

By Emiliano Castro Saenz

Ecuadorian women scientists slam gender gap in their profession

By Christian A. Sanchez

Trump refuses to criticize Turkey after Ankara buys Russian missiles

Washington, Jul 16 (EFE).- President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to criticize the Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Pentagon blocked...

Los Angeles, Jul 16 (epa-efe).- "Game of Thrones" on Tuesday racked up a record 32 Emmy Award nominations, thus becoming the series that has received the...

Mexican nature preserve could take 200 years to recover from fire damage

By Lourdes Cruz

Paraguay taxi drivers again at war with Uber

Asuncion, Jul 16 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of taxi drivers suspended their service this Tuesday to again drive through the streets of Asuncion with a long...

Dried-up Aculeo Lagoon shows the woes of climate change in Chile

By Alberto Peña

Trump doubles down on tweets against Democratic congresswomen

By Lucia Leal.

Princess Mako thanks Bolivia for 120 years welcoming Japanese migrants

La Paz, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Princess Mako of Japan thanked Bolivia this Monday for the welcome it has extended over the past 120 years to Japanese migrants...

Mexico rules out being safe third country for migrants despite Trump's order

Mexico City, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard on Monday ruled out that his country would become a "safe third country" for...

Salvadoran woman charged with abortion says she is innocent

Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Twenty-one-year-old Salvadoran Evelyn Hernandez said Monday that she is innocent of aggravated murder for...

Billionaire Buffett's real estate unit joins forces with Spain's LARVIA

New York, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate unit of billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. conglomerate,...

Residents of historic Panama neighborhood fight gentrification

By Maria M.Mur.

Pressure mounts for Puerto Rico governor's resignation amid scandal

San Juan, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- Pressure is mounting in Puerto Rico for Gov. Ricardo Rossello to resign after the revelation of the contents of private online...

Trump says tariffs taking a toll on China's economy

Washington, Jul 15 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump said Monday that the tariffs imposed by his administration were taking a toll on China's economy,...

Barry weakens over Louisiana, but flooding alert remains in place

Washington, Jul 14 (efe-epa).- Tropical Storm Barry weakened to a tropical depression as it crossed the state of Louisiana on Sunday, heading...

San Juan Parangaricutiro, Mexico's Pompeii buried by Paricutin volcano

By Manuel Soberanes Cobo