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Eduardo da Silva: I feel like a foreigner in Brazil

Croatia84Former Croatian international Eduardo da Silva says that he feels like a foreigner in his country of birth Brazil, where he is currently plying his trade for Flamengo…

After arriving in Croatia as a 16-year-old and spending 15 years playing in Croatia and Europe, Eduardo has returned to his native Brazil after signing for Flamengo, but the 31-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb striker says the return home has not quiet felt like one.

“When I go out (in Brazil) I notice how different it is compared to Europe. I left Brazil as a kid to go to Croatia and I got used to life in Croatia. I have come back, but I am lost,” said Eduardo, who retired from international football at the end of the World Cup, where he got to play for Croatia in his home country.

“I am born here, but I have different habits than the Brazilians,” Eduardo told FIFA, before explaining some of the differences.

“I feel like a foreigner here, the traffic is different, the supermarkets, shops. In Zagreb I used to buy bread at the same bakery and walk in peace. Nobody knew who I was at the start of my career, things are different now,” da Silva, who is Croatia’s second top goal scorer behind Davor Ĺ uker.

In 2002, Eduardo took Croatian citizenship and was first called up to play for the country’s Under-21 team at the finals tournament of the 2004 Euro U-21 in Germany. He went on to represent the full Croatia side 64 times, scoring 29 goals.

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