Soccer.... and with less than three months to go before the World cup finals get?
Soccer.... and with less than three months to go before the World cup finals get underway in Argentina, the Brazilians, winners of the competition in 1958, 1962, and 1970, are beginning to run into form at the right time. Sadly there will be no Pele in the side when they open their programme against Sweden in Mar del Plata on the 3rd of June, but manager Claudio Coutinho will still have a formidable squad from which to choose.
SYNOPSIS: In the 1974 World Cup in West Germany the Brazilians had to be content with fourth place. This time they are skippered by the brilliant Roberto Rivelino, and experts are tipping them to reach the final.
With players such as Dirceu in the squad they have plenty of flair, and conditions should suit them.
The blond Zico is another to watch. He's been Brazil's top scorer for the past two seasons.
The Brazilians won the World Cup on the last two occasions it was played in Latin America, and this time they can again expect near fanatical support.
On Sunday (12 March) the Brazilians, in the yellow shirts, had a practice match against a team made up of players from Rio De Janeiro State and they ran out easy 7-nil winners.
Dirceu and Rivelino were rarely extended, but it was useful practice.
Zico was always prominent, and he found the target five times.
Cerezzo, number five, also showed why he is regarded as such a key figure by Manager Claudio Coutinho.
The Brazilians have always been devastating finishers. They rarely waste a half chance or free kick. This free kick in the practice match was typical of the way they can strike.
It was a highly satisfactory run out for the Brazilians....It will take a good side to beat them.