Munich's head coach Pep Guardiola watches during a practice session of Bayern Munich Bundesliga soccer club in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday July 1, 2015. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)
SAO PAULO (AP) Pep Guardiola wanted to coach Brazil at last year's World Cup but local football officials were afraid that fans wouldn't like having a foreign coach in charge of the national team, Barcelona defender Daniel Alves said Tuesday.
"Pep said he wanted to make Brazil a World Cup champion and had an entire strategy to make us a world champion," Alves said in an interview with ESPN Brasil. "But they didn't want it, because they said that they didn't know if Brazil would accept a foreign coach."
Alves did not specifically say who refused to hire Guardiola, but criticized the decision.