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Brazil legend Zico talks about the positives and negatives of the World Cup

Zico played for Brazil in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups
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With the World Cup at an end, the ‘White Pelé’ has assessed the positives and negatives of the World Cup from a Brazilian perspective.

The 61-year-old scored 52 times in a glittering career with the national side and will surely have been impressed by some of the goals seen during the World Cup.

In a recent interview with the Economic Times, however, the Flamengo icon discussed the positive and negative aspects of the World Cup in relation to Brazil as a country.

“The first positive, of course, has been the way the Brazilians organized the World Cup and received foreign teams and tourists in our country. Secondly, despite fears of protests, the people supported the Brazilian team. The team played well, despite being very fragile, because of the massive support in the streets and stadiums. The third good thing that happened is that the Brazilian police busted the mafia which was selling the tickets on the black market. This has never happened in any World Cup.

“As for negatives, the biggest setback, of course, is that Brazil went out of the World Cup in the semi-final. Secondly, because of the high price of tickets, many people could not go to stadiums and had to watch the games in FIFA fan fests. And lastly, I would like to know how much of public money was spent on the event, though the government has claimed that almost 80-90% of financing came from private sources.”


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