The Selecao were able to win the 2013 Confederations Cup at home and last won a World Cup in 2002, and the ex-Inter defender thinks they’ve remained a top contender since last winning the title over a decade ago.
Materazzi spoke to Lancenet about Brazil’s chances of winning the tournament at home this summer, while also commenting on the possibility of Italy succeeding as well.
“The Selecao must win, also because they haven’t won since 2002. They’re always contenders for the title.
“Brazil is the country of football, for the Brazilian motto is ‘born to play football’.
“Historically, Italy suffers more in the first stage of the World Cup, but grows throughout the competition.”