Dante: Selecao support Brazil protests
Brazil centre-back Dante insists the Selecao support the protests in their home country ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
During the Confederations Cup in July, more than a million people took part in demonstrations across Brazil.
They called for reforms on a number of levels and voiced their anger over the over €10 billion spent on the World Cup.
Ahead of the final between Brazil and Spain, police and soldiers fired tear gas, shock bombs and rubber bullets to keep protesters away from the Maracana stadium, where the final was held.
This week, new protests in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo turned violent once again when police clashed with protesters during the "Day Of The Teacher", with protesters calling for higher wages amongst other things.
Speaking to German paper Die Welt, Bayern Munich and Brazil defender Dante said the Selecao share the concerns of protesters.
"I want to say a bit about the demonstrations," Dante said. "The national team players support the claims for better education, better hospitals and a higher standard of living."
The 30-year old added that people in Brazil "are looking forward to the World Cup and are awaiting great things.
"I believe this can be an outstanding event," he said. "Brazil is the home of football and everyone agrees that our World Cup will be the biggest event in the world."