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Zico warns Brazil of Uruguay threat

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Brazil star Zico makes his countrymen World Cup favourites but warns Uruguay, who wrecked the Selecao's dreams on their last hosting in 1950, are his dark horses.

The former Japan coach particularly hopes Brazil don't meet Luis Suarez and company in the final.

"I would prefer to meet Argentina in the final. Not Uruguay," said Zico.

"I think Uruguay could be the only team who could psychologically shake the Brazilian team," he explained in an interview in yesterday's Estado de Sao Paulo.

Zico ventured that if Brazil did meet Uruguay once again in the trophy match the pressure would be huge "because many people will be speaking about 1950," when the Uruguayans came from behind to score a shock win.

Then, as now, Zico suggested, the Brazilians would feel "an obligation to win — and this could destabilise them," said Zico, who admitted he'd be happy to see Uruguay not get out of the group phase.





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