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Pele: Germany are Brazil´s biggest threat

Germany are the biggest threats to Brazil’s chances of winning their home World Cup, according to Pele.

Record five-time champions Brazil, whose last success was in 2002, enter the tournament in June and July as favourites.

Pele, who represented Brazil 92 times for 77 goals and is a three-time World Cup winner, listed several teams who could challenge for the title.

But it is Joachim Low’s Germany – third at the past two editions – who worry him the most.

“In my opinion, Germany – now they are the one very good team,” Pele said, speaking at the launch event for a youth competition in Egypt.

“Spain is also a very good team, they play well. Argentina, we have to respect Argentina, no doubt.

“Italy, those teams no doubt we will have to respect at the World Cup.

“We then have other teams that people don’t say (much about) but Chile, this year Chile is a very good team.

“And Holland I think is playing very well. I think those four or five teams will be in the final.”

Pele expects no surprises at the 2014 World Cup, which begins with Brazil hosting Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12.

The 73-year-old also believes European leagues are slightly ahead of the rest of the world.

“The differences normally with the leagues in Europe are different from South America. I think the stronger leagues are in Europe no doubt – Italy, England, Germany,” Pele said.

“The Spanish of course have the best team today, which is no doubt Barcelona. The league as well is very strong.

“In Brazil we have a good league too. It’s different but all the leagues today are at the same level.

“It’s not easy to play against Germany, it’s not easy to play against Italy, or Argentina or Uruguay. I think today it’s very even.”

Mon 17 Feb, 2014
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  1. Pele is right! Germany are likely to win the World Cup. Netherlands, to me, can also win the Cup.

  2. Chaggss says:

    Germany..my team will lift the cup

  3. John says:

    Dont forget spain…
    And portugal too! Its a strong team with a stronf leader( ronaldo) and if ronaldo is in a good mood/condition…. He could make his team win against any country!

    Wel for me its germany, brazil, portugal, and spain who have the chance to be in the final

    Other then that… Mabye uruguay, netherlands and argentinia?

  4. John, your opinion concerning the other teams is OK. After the Confederations Cup, however, Spain might only get to the quarter-finals phase. Remember, too, the Confederations Cup is as serious as ‘The FIFA World Cup, except that the World Cup has 32 teams. While Spain will be tough, the thing is that against Brazil, Spain won’t have any chance to even finish a strong quarter-finals. Again, I agree with most of what you said. To me, Germany, Netherlands, [or Uruguay] can shine through the semi-finals, and either Germany or Netherlands may be The FIFA World Cup winner!

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