Pele confident of Brazil success

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L), Rio 2016 bid President Carlos Arthur Nuzman (C) and Brazilian football legend Pele (R) celebrate the decision to award Rio de Janeiro the 2016 Olympic Games on October 2, 2009
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Pele says that Brazil will reach the final of the World Cup when they host the tournament next summer.

Pele has said that he thinks Brazil will reach the final of the World Cup next summer.

The Selecao were drawn against Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A, with Pele believing that the hosts are the team to beat and will add to their five tournament victories.

"I think we will be in the final," he told reporters.

"I can always remember my father crying after we lost the World Cup to Uruguay in 1950, so I don't want my kids to see me crying! I hope we will win!"

Pele is the leading scorer of the Brazil national team with 77 goals in his 92 appearances.

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L), Rio 2016 bid President Carlos Arthur Nuzman (C) and Brazilian football legend Pele (R) celebrate the decision to award Rio de Janeiro the 2016 Olympic Games on October 2, 2009
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