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Zico backs World Cup to stay in South America

Zico is highly revered in his homeland
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Brazil legend Zico thinks that this summer's World Cup is destined to stay in South America, but admits that his home nation isn't necessarily guaranteed to end up as champions.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's men are favourites for the tournament, which starts on June 12, but Zico told Globo that he believes it is their closest geographical neighbours that they should be most wary of.

"Our major rivals in my view will be Argentina, because they have Lionel Messi, and Uruguay because they have three of the best forwards in the world (Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani). So I think the World Cup will stay here in South America."

Speaking about his country, Zico continued: "They did an important thing- they got the Brazilian people back the Confederations Cup. They created a style of play that brought the supporters back."


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