The former Brazil striker may be the greatest player ever, but his World Cup predictions are never up to much
* The Guardian, Saturday 5 June 2010
* Article history
Pele Pele has offered some odd predictions ahead of World Cups in the past. Photograph: Elizabeth Dalziel/AP
Pelé may be the greatest player in history but despite being paid to travel the world talking about football, what he actually says about it is hugely unreliable. 'When Pelé's quiet, he's a poet,' says Romario. 'But he just talks shit.' Here are the highlights of his past 20 years
"Italy is the favourite"
Italy lose to Argentina in the semi-finals and West Germany win it
"For me Colombia is the best team. It doesn't mean they are going to win it but they will be one of the four semi-finalists. Brazil has very good players but as a team they are not so compact. Germany work well together"
Colombia are eliminated and defender/own-goal scorer Andrés Escobar is shot dead, Germany go out in the quarter-finals. Brazil win it
"Spain is the big favourite, and I always believe Brazil will be in the final. France have good players who play well as a team and, of course, they are at home. They have a great chance to be in the final. England have a good manager, a good style and a very strong team"
Spain crash out in the group stages and France beat Brazil in the final
"Brazil have not been playing well. They haven't been playing as a team. There are a whole series of teams who are fighting to be at the top level – Argentina, France, Italy and Portugal – but none of these stands out. Below the top four there is a second level of teams that could easily win it such as Germany, England and Spain"
Argentina, France and Portugal are all eliminated in the group stages, while Italy lose in the second round to South Korea and Brazil win it
"The last four? Brazil, Argentina, England, France"
England, Argentina and Brazil all lose in the quarter-finals as Italy beat France in the final
"An African nation will win the World Cup before the year 2000"
An African country has still yet to get past the quarter-finals
World Cup 2010: Here is Pele’s Predictions For World Cup Winner
Featured News, Sport | Mex Leong | June 11, 2010 at 11:40 am
The infamous World Cup Brazillian legend has predicted Brazil and also Spain to be able to win the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, Brazilian footballing legend Pele has indicated his perception that Brazil and also Spain will be the favourites to win the World Cup this year, even though Pele also talked of his wish for an African finalist.
“Spain and Brazil have got the very best squads, however it is actually hard to point to a certain team as a favourite,” explained the former World Cup winner. “I would love to see Brazil playing one of the African teams in the final. I have got great expertise of Africa and also without a doubt that it will certainly be a fantastic World Cup this summer. It will be a great competition, nicely organised and also extremely fascinating.”
While for his home nation’s probabilities, Pele mentioned that Brazil will have to give theirs very best.
“Brazil will certainly have to always be at their very best in order to win the World Cup this summer. It will be difficult, but they can do it.” Among the others team, Pele also chosen England as a possible prospect, stating Fabio Capello’s ability as a fantastic coach and also identifying the England squad as one with “good players, Wayne Rooney to be the most dangerous”.
Here is the fun facts, Pele may happen to be one of the best players in the history of the soccer, however, ever since retiring, he has become much less respectable as a pundit off-the-field.
The Brazilian is actually well known for his several incorrect forecasts over many years. Romario once expressed that “Pele is a poet when he keeps his mouth shut”, whilst former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari presented the popular line, “I believe Pele knows nothing about football. His analysis always turns out to be wrong. If you want to win a title, you have to listen to Pele and then do the opposite.”
Call me superstitious but after reading this I'm pretty worried for Spain/Brazil/England's changes. I really hope he doesn't jinx their chances. Any thoughts? Anyone?
PS. I hope it's okay to post this here coz I'm new to this community and it's my first post. If there's any problems then I apologize for it.