Pele Reminds Brazil to Play Football as a Team

Hosts Brazil failed to impress in this year's FIFA World Cup and Pele feels the side needs to come together as a unit to perform well at international level.

updated: September 11, 2014 09:28 IST
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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."

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