Joe Avicolli Date: 12th February 2014 at 12:17am
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Former Italian international Marco Materazzi believes that the can do well at the World Cup in this summer, though he feels the hosts are the favourites to win.

The Selecao were able to win the 2013 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 succeeding as well.

“Despite the enormous pressure to play well and win, are still the favourites,” said the World Cup winning Italian, who won the title with the in 2006.

“The Selecao must win, also because they haven’t won since 2002. They’re always contenders for the title.

is the country of football, for the Brazilian motto is ‘born to play football’.

did very well at the UEFA in 2012 and despite being in a difficult group with England and Uruguay, there’s still a good possibility for them to do well.

“Historically, suffers more in the first stage of the World Cup, but grows throughout the competition.”