Brazil will win 2018 FIFA World Cup: Pele

Updated: 17 January, 2018 09:59 IST | AFP | Rio de Janeiro

Footballing legend Pele said yesterday that Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup in Russia, four years on from their humiliation on home soil

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Footballing legend Pele said yesterday that Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup in Russia, four years on from their humiliation on home soil. Five-time winners Brazil were thrashed 7-1 in the 2014 semi-finals by eventual champions Germany at the Maracana, but Pele, considered one of the best players of all time, insisted that new coach Tite has formed a team ready to put his country's painful memories to rest.

"Those who are Brazilian and believe in Brazil always point to Brazil as the favourites," the 77-year-old said while attending the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro league. "In the last World Cup we had the best players but the team was disorganised. It seems now we'll have a a Selecao that gives us confidence."

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First Published: 17 January, 2018 09:21 IST

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