100 games for Lucio
Upon entering the field today, wearing the captain's armband on his arm, Lucimar da Silva Ferreira, or simply Lucio, will be completing a milestone that few players have achieved: 100 games for the Brazilian national team.
Since the game against Columbia in the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup until the last game, the friendly against Scotland in London, he has played 99 times and scored 4 goals, the most important of which being the decisive goal that gave the Brazil the title of the Confederations Cup in 2005.
At news conference at Serra Dourada one day before his hundredth game, Lucio chose the final of the 2002 World Cup, a 2-0 win against Germany with goals from Ronaldo, as the most memorable match of his Brazil career. He also mentioned the finals of the Confederations Cup against Argentina in 2005 and the United States in 2009 as highlights and still wants more.
Lucio, who had previously been dropped by Mano Menezes, returned to the squad for the aforementioned friendly against Scotland and aims to reach the 2014 World Cup. It would be his fourth World Cup, as he was a champion in 2002 and failed in the quarter-finals in 2006 and 2010, but in both, he was the only one who saved himself in the face of criticism with a decent performance.
He draws inspiration from his fellow veteran team mate at Inter, Javier Zanetti, 36, and wants to play at the next World Cup in Brazil, and perhaps be immortalised by lifting the trophy there.
Lucio, who will be present at the Copa America, was honoured yesterday in CBF, and a shirt with the number 100 was handed to him by Menezes, who named him as first choice defender alongside Thiago Silva.