Gilberto Silva: 'Brazil failure has come from the last 10 years'

Gilberto Silva says that he tried to warn the Brazilian Football Confederation of the team's shortcomings months before their catastrophic end to the 2014 World Cup.

Former Brazil international Gilberto Silva has said that he foresaw the problems that ended with the host nation whimpering out of the 2014 World Cup on home soil with a 3-0 third-place playoff loss to the Netherlands.

Brazil were humiliated when they lost 7-1 to Germany in the semi-final before producing a similarly limp display last night.

Silva has said that he and other former players tried to explain a number of issues to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) long before the tournament, but their appeals fell on deaf ears.

"There are a group of players who have good sense. I'm involved with them and we are trying for better solutions on the football side and I hope from now on that people pay attention to what we are asking for," he told BBC Sport.

"A group of players, we have good sense, we asked for months - we spoke to CBF and the government to speak about the situation and the football. Now people are starting to pay attention about what we asked, sometimes they don't pay wages for the players and are not very good at administration. There are a lot of problems and they can't solve that.

"At some point the crack comes and today isn't the factor for what has happened now in the World Cup it has come from the last 10 years. Year by year there is something wrong and at some point you feel the pain - slowly and slowly it has come to this point. People think it is just because we lost but it has been happening a long time."

Brazil's 7-1 loss at the hands of Germany was the heaviest semi-final defeat in the history of the competition.

Brazilian football team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari speaks during a press conference after a training session ahead of a friendly football match with South Korea in Seoul on October 11, 2013
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