Rio de Janeiro: Pele reminded Brazilians what they already knew, and were shown so obviously in the humiliating 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany in the World Cup semifinals: Brazil must play as a team, not as individual stars if it is to win a sixth title.
Years of growing anticipation turned to disappointment and despondence after the underperforming Brazilian squad failed to deliver a World Cup title on home soil in July. And after being bundled out of contention by Germany, Brazil lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the playoff for third place.
"There's no need to explain that what happened was a disaster," Pele said Wednesday. "We had expectations of a different result, but this is something of football. We always have big surprises in football and, unfortunately, it was a negative surprise for us."