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Romario gives his WC view

Friday, July 11, 2014

BRASILIA - Brazil legend Romario, now a politician, says the nation's football chiefs should serve prison time for the team's humiliating 7-1 World Cup defeat to Germany.

One day after the semi-final thrashing, Romario said the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was plagued by corruption because clubs have elected the same leaders for years.

"Our football has been deteriorating for years. It is being dragged down by leaders who don't even have the talent to juggle the ball," Romario said in a letter posted on social media.

"They stay in their luxury box seats, enjoying the millions that go into their accounts," the 1994 World Cup winner said.

The prolific striker said players and coaches were not to blame for the sport's deterioration.

He said CBF president Jose Maria Marin and his deputy, Marco Polo del Nero, who will take over in 2015, "should be in prison".

Romario, a critic of the record $US11 billion ($A11.90 billion) spent on the tournament, bemoaned the fact that President Dilma Rousseff will have to hand the World Cup trophy to a team other than Brazil in Monday final.

"They will leave with the Cup and we will be left with our overbilled stadiums and no material legacy," he said. "This will be the Cup of shame."

Menwhile Brazil football great Pele has congratulated traditional South American rivals Argentina on reaching the World Cup final.

"Congratulations Argentina for today's big victory," Pele posted on Twitter after their 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over the Netherlands in the semi-final.

Argentina now face Germany in Sunday's (Monday AEST) final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

"I am looking forward to being at Maracana on Sunday to watch the final between two great nations of football!" Pele said.

It is not known if Argentina football great Diego Maradona with whom Pele has had a personal rivalry over the years will attend the game.

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