Cafu: Brazil must win World Cup
Captain of Brazil's fifth World Cup win, Cafu, believes that Brazil must win the 2014 World Cup to restore the country's damaged reputation.
Cafu, 41, feels that the poor performances of the Seleção in 2006 and 2010 have harmed the perception of Brazilian football, whilst only a win in the tournament they will host will rectify the situation.
“We must win the World Cup to rescue the image of the Brazilian team, because for me there has been a loss of identity,” Cafu told Goal.com.
“The Selecao was not at its best in 2006 and 2010, but now we expect them to shine again in 2014. If you get positive results, the fans support you.“
As for continuing worries about the World Cup preparations, Cafu does not believe there will be a problem getting ready in time - despite reports to the contrary.
“Brazil will host a great World Cup. Despite the delays, I think by 2014 we will be ready and Brazil will do well," he added. “We are concerned and will solve all the problems involved before the competition.
“For example, throughout the country we have traffic problems, but we will have a period of school holidays that will help in improving mobility. The airports are also being renovated to receive all guests,” he stated.