FIFA World Cup: Pele confident Brazil will deliver on and off field

Pele, who earned his nickname The King after scoring a hat-trick against France in the 1958 semi-finals, brackets Brazil among the favourites, but sees Chile as potential dark horses in the World Cup.

updated: April 14, 2014 19:38 IST
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Paris: The hosting of the 2014 World Cup is "a great opportunity" for Brazil, the country's all-time great Pele told AFP in an exclusive interview on Sunday. Pele revealed his confidence that the tournament will be a memorable one for all the right reasons while also backing Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil team to handle the huge pressure of being hosts. (Also read: Brazil inaugurate another stadium)

Brazil's organisation of the World Cup has been marred by negative headlines about the struggle to get some of the 12 stadiums finished on time. The threat of violent street demonstrations of the sort that overshadowed last year's Confederations Cup has added to the tension, but Pele believes Brazil will get it right.

"This is a great opportunity. It will be fantastic for Brazil," he said. (Click here for latest on football)

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