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Mazinho: I was very sad and disappointed that Thiago chose Spain

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Former international Mazinho, father of footballing brothers Thiago and Rafinha, has admitted his sadness that Thiago opted to play for Spain, rather than Brazil like himself.

Thiago & Mazinho

Mazinho, who gained 35 caps in official games for his countre, has revealed in an interview with Brazilian news portal O Globo, dismay that his son Thiago opted to play for Spain, rather than Brazil.

“I was very sad and disappointed. I represented my national team for many years and wanted my children to do the same. I am Brazilian and I’m proud of my country. Certain people that were in the CBF, are no longer there and Tiago can’t play for the national team.”

Thiago, already with four senior caps to his name and having progressed through all the junior levels, is part of the Spain squad that will take on Italy, which was named by Vicente Del Bosque earlier this week.

Should Thiago make the final squad that heads for the World Cup this summer, when asked how he would feel should Brazil and Spain cross paths at the tournament, given the possibility of the teams meeting in the final, Mazinho admitted his national pride, may surpass that of success for his son with Spain.

“I don’t even want to think about it. I already have tickets for the final, but if it’s Brazil against Spain, I don’t want to go to the Maracana. I’ll go somewhere else and wait for the end of the match. Deep down though, I still think I’ll be rooting for Brazil.”

During the interview, Mazinho also spoke briefly about the situation of Diego Costa, who had to make the tough decision between Spain and Brazil. In his case, Mazinho felt the player made the right choice, suggesting that Scolari was at fault for missing the opportunities to make the Atlético Madrid striker feel a valued part of the Brazil setup.

“I think if you asked Diego Costa if he preferred playing at the World Cup for Brazil or Spain, I’m sure he would choose Brazil. That possibility doesn’t exist now though and you can’t waste an opportunity to play at the World Cup, least of all for a team like Spain.”

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