Pele Considers 2014 World Cup Involvement
Thursday, 3rd March 2011 at 11:48am
Brazilian football legend and three-time Fifa World Cup winner Pele has said he is considering getting involved in his country's preparations for the Fifa World Cup being staged in a little over three years time.
Pele is currently on a tour of Asia with the recently reformed New York Cosmos, a team he played for back in the 1970s, and was speaking at a breakfast hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
With the kickoff of the Brazil finals drawing ever closer, Pele admitted that preparations for the tournament are running behind schedule.
"We have a little problem with construction, communication, airports," he said.
"We have some political problems, which makes it a little complicated to do construction. Even in Sao Paulo, they haven't started the stadium because they have a political problem. This is not good for us."
The former Selecao star stated that as hosts Brazil will under tremendous pressure to lift the title for what would be a record sixth time.
"The next World Cup will bring a lot of pressure and a huge amount of responsibility because Brazil is going to be playing at home.
Also remember the first World Cup in Brazil in the '50s, and Brazil lost but no doubt we are going to prepare a good team which will always be competitive," said Pele.