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Zico: The World Cup needs to be special and perhaps it is time for a truce

Zico has called for a truce
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Brazilian legend Zico believes it is time a truce was called with the World Cup just a month away.

Protests were present throughout the Confederations Cup last summer and many predict Brazilians will carry on the same trend during the World Cup.

When 61-year-old Zico spoke to the Guardian he called for a truce to take place and insisted every Brazilian has the opportunity to make this tournament special.

"I would like to see people protesting every day instead of simply during the World Cup,” Zico explained.

“Because the fact is that the competition is happening and all of a sudden I don't see the same joy around as in previous tournaments, where people decorated the streets with bunting and everything.

“We need to make this tournament special for the right reasons, because Brazil has a duty to deliver the World Cup. I am not against protesting but perhaps it is time for a truce."

Whilst discussing the need for this World Cup to be special, Zico turned his attention to why protests have took place.

He added: "We should not have left things until the last minute because this is also the reason why the new stadiums, which Brazilian football badly needed, are costing much more than the organising committee announced.

“The people also expected the urban development works to be ready on time too, which is not going to happen. It's a huge missed opportunity and people got angry."


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