"I'm just going to say one thing: Brazil is the best mirror of football. Even though the british think they invented this beautiful game, football's heart is brazilian. And the body has memory. You don't forget how to play football. That's the same for brazilians. You may be going through some tough moments, but you gotta give it time. Sometimes brazilians are anxious and want immediate results, that's plain to see in the brazilian league. But it's all here, it's in your memory and you'll get it back. Everybody knows that japanese football improved because of brazilians, and the same goes for many countries. There's something about you. You'll always be respected. Brazil can never be taken for dead."
——Álvaro Pereira (São Paulo FC and Uruguay NT)