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Pele reminds Brazil it must play as a team

Pele reminds Brazil it must play as a team and not rely solely on Neymar

Pele reminds Brazil it must play as a team

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Football great Pele reminded Brazilians what they already know, and were shown in the humiliating 7-1 loss to eventual-champion Germany in the semifinals of the World Cup: Brazil must play as a team, not as individual stars if it is to win a sixth title.

Speaking Wednesday in Rio, Pele says "'Neymar alone will not win the World Cup."

Pele called new coach Dunga "a trustworthy person" and suggests "more serious work" would be needed to rebuild Brazil's national team.

Reflecting on the World Cup disappointment, he says: "We always have big surprises in football and, unfortunately, it was a negative surprise for us."


Updated : 2021-10-19 08:00 GMT+08:00