Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, imprisoned for corruption, made his debut as a football expert with a column written from prison, in which he criticized the national team for their 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their first match World Cup Russia 2018.
“The elimination is one thing, the World Cup is different,” Lula wrote in the comments a reporter read on the Workers’ Party television station on Monday. “Switzerland had a solid defense, played strong, and did not allow the action of Brazil,” the former president continued. “They also stopped Neymar committing faults again and again.”
Lula began to purge in April a sentence of 12 years in prison for corruption. However, he remains as the presidential candidate of his party for the elections next October and heads the preferences, but it is possible that he will be banned from running. He can still appeal his sentence, which he claims was fabricated with political motives.
Lula also analyzed the performance of other teams: “The first week of the World Championship shows that Germany is not invincible and, among the best players, only Cristiano Ronaldo proved his worth,” he wrote.
Germany fell 1-0 to Mexico in their first match of the tournament and face a possible duel for survival on the second date against Sweden. Ronaldo scored three times in a 3-3 draw between Portugal and Spain.
“Be careful, because we all know that one day David can beat the giant Goliath,” said Lula about the Brazil meeting scheduled for Friday against Costa Rica.
On more than one occasion, Lula has used football metaphors and his love for Corinthians, the Sao Paulo-based team, to increase his popularity.
In the agreement with the prosecution that was reached last year, executives of the construction company Odebrecht said they built the Corinthians Arena in which the inauguration of the 2014 World Cup was held, as a gift for the former president.
Lula also rejects any irregularity in that case. Corinthians still claims that they are owed more than 400 million dollars for the stadium.
Hours before his comment is read in the football program, Lula launched his second spot ahead of the elections in which he hopes to win his third term, entitled “Brazil hexa, Lulatri”. In this video, he combines criticism of the economic and political situation with a message of encouragement, projecting towards the elections.