Pele Names Germany & Spain Favorites To Lift 2014 World Cup

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Football legend Pele doesn’t believe host country Brazil has what it takes to win the World Cup this Summer.

“It is difficult because the World Cup is a box of surprises,” Pele said. “There are teams that are there all the time like Italy, England, Argentina. All those countries – France too. In the moment, I’ve seen a lot of games. I follow some teams. Today, one month and a half, two months out – to me – the two best teams are Spain and Germany.”

Spain will start the tournament in Group B with Chile, Australia and fellow 2010 World Cup finalists the Netherlands. Germany, meanwhile, will be in Group G with Portugal, Ghana and the United States.

“For me, of course, first I always think Brazil among the favorites. We have experience from the World Cup, these two teams have much respect, but if you play Brazil against Argentina, Brazil against France or Italy it’d be difficult. To talk about the best team in the moment, it doesn’t mean that Spain or Germany would be champion.

“To win? I don’t know. But I think the two best teams are Germany and Spain. They are better prepared for the World Cup.”



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