FIFA World Cup: Cafu optimistic as 'hexa' fever grips Brazil

Jun 11, 2014, 10:19 IST | Kashinath Bhattacharjee

'Hexacampeonato' is the word Brazil is after at this World Cup. In Portuguese, it means the sixth title. Brazil have won five.

Former Brazil ace Cafu. Pic/AFP
Former Brazil ace Cafu. Pic/AFP

And people on the streets are excited about the prospects of attaining their 'hexa', just the way Real Madrid supporters were obsessed with their 'la decima' in the just concluded Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates did it for Real. Can Neymar & Co do it for Brazil?

Cafu, the only player to have featured in three consecutive World Cup finals, said, "This is World Cup time and Brazil have no other ambition than to win it. It's as simple as that." Yes, he was speaking in Portuguese and a local journalist offered help in interpreting what the World Cup-winning captain was saying at a function on Sunday evening.

Cafu was overshadowed when Pele took to the stage for the same function. The undisputed O Rei of football was asked to comment on Brazil's chances and he had passed the ball to 'his friend' Cafu!

And the former Roma and AC Milan star had no hesitations in declaring that winning the 'hexa' would be great for his countrymen.

"We all know how tough it is to win the World Cup. Brazil is in a supposedly easy group, but it looks tricky. Croatia are a strong team while Mexico have always been dangerous for us.

They know our football, they are from the same continent and do not fear us. Cameroon can surprise anybody. We have to respect each opponent and play to our strengths. We have the ability and talent to go the distance," Cafu signed off.

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