13 de octubre 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
Hunter Biden to step down from foreign boards if father wins presidency

Washington, Oct 13 (efe-epa).- Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President - and front-running Democratic presidential contender - Joe Biden, promised on...

Quito devastated by strike over economic adjustments

Quito, Oct 13 (efe-epa).- The Ecuadorian capital on Sunday morning looked as if an earthquake had struck, with streets blocked and blackened by bonfires and...

Trump: There's a very good chance we'll reach a trade deal with China

Washington, Oct 9 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that there is a "really good chance" of reaching a bilateral trade deal with China, one...

US, Colombia to expand alliance to reduce coca production by 50 pct. by 2023

Washington, Oct 9 (efe-epa).- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Colombian counterpart, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, are meeting on Wednesday in...

Raphael: I'm a very happy person, I've done what I wanted

By Ruth E. Hernandez Beltran

Trump confirms he will not cooperate with impeachment investigation

Washington, Oct 8 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump, via the White House counsel, confirmed Tuesday that he is not planning to cooperate in the impeachment...

Ambitious interdisciplinary exhibit gathers work of 43 modern Cuban artists

By Lorena Canto

Taxi drivers take over Buenos Aires streets again to protest vs. Uber, Cabify

Buenos Aires, Oct 8 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of taxi drivers once again took to the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to protest the activity by ride-hailing...

CBP: Undocumented migrants detained on US border up 88 pct. in 12 months

Washington, Oct 8 (efe-epa).- The number of undocumented migrants apprehended on the US-Mexico border increased by 88 percent in Fiscal Year 2019 (from...

EFE's relaunch wraps up 75th General Assembly of IAPA

Miami, Oct 7 (efe-epa).- With the election of Christopher Barnes as the new president of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and a luncheon offered...

Ecuador gov't bracing for arrival of thousands of indigenous protestors

By Daniela Brik

Federal judge throws out Trump's attempt to avoid releasing tax returns

New York, Oct 7 (efe-epa).- A federal judge in New York on Monday rejected President Donald Trump's lawsuit attempting to block having to turn over his tax...

Dog found alive a month after Dorian flattened Bahamian island

San Juan, Oct 7 (efe-epa).- A 1-year-old dog was found alive under the rubble of a building that collapsed when Hurricane Dorian hit Marsh Harbour, Bahamas,...

Brazilian indigenous leader hopes for Synod results on Amazon crisis

By Carlos Meneses Sanchez

Memories of Bolivia's dictatorship being kept alive in La Paz cemetery

By Gina Baldivieso

Exhibit lets visitors stand in the shoes of domestic violence victims

By Jorge Fuentelsaz

Trump asks China to probe Biden family's business dealings

(Update 1: Adds Pelosi's press conference remarks)

Boeing: Return of 737 MAX jets is in final phase

New York, Oct 2 (efe-epa).- Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Wednesday that the firm is working with regulators in the "final phases" to allow the...

Wall Street deep in the red, Dow down 500 pts on recession fears

New York, Oct 2 (efe-epa).- Wall Street increased its losses from the previous day by mid-session on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial average losing...

Democrats accuse Trump administration of obstructing impeachment proceedings

(Update 1: Adds Trump's remarks and House Intel Committee response)

Zuckerberg: If Warren wins in 2020, we'll fight her plan to split big tech

San Francisco, Oct 1 (efe-epa).- The cofounder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, promised his employees to "fight and win" if Democratic presidential...

Ecuador announces it will leave OPEC in 2020

Quito, Oct 1 (efe-epa).- Ecuador, the smallest member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), will leave the organization on Jan. 1,...

3 billionaires in forefront of privatizing space exploration

By Jorge A. Bañales

House demands Giuliani's Ukraine docs, McConnell will try Trump if forced

Washington, Sep 30 (efe-epa).- Three committees in the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on Monday subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, President Donald...