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Zico confident Brazil can cope against World Cup heavyweights

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Former Seleção international Zico is confident Brazil can hold their own against the other World Cup heavyweights.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side could find themselves facing Spain or Netherlands in the early knock-out rounds, but Zico believes Brazil are well positioned to cope with a tough draw.

"You can't win the World Cup without playing the big boys,” he told The Guardian. “Indeed, the draw has pitfalls, but you have to remember the European countries will have to handle the experience of playing in South America. Brazil have shown composure and the players understood the responsibility that comes with playing a World Cup at home.”

Brazil have been drawn in Group A alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. Should the hosts progress, then they will face either Spain, Netherlands, Chile or Australia in the Round of 16.


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