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Parreira: we lack winning chemistry
2006-09-27 17:53:00   Xinhuanet  


RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Former Brazil national soccer team head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said here on Tuesday that the team¡¯s disappointing performance in the Germany World Cup 2006 was due to a lack of winning chemistry.

"I insist that the atmosphere was great, but unfortunately we failed to transfer it to the fields," explained Parreira, who is currently coaching South Africa¡¯s national team, with prospect of preparing them for the 2010 World Cup, of which they will be the hosts.

Parreira also said that favoritism worked against Brazil in Germany.

"We were prepared for that, but it was hard not to suffer the impact of what happened. It looks as if we were crushed by a tsunami. Everywhere Brazil went, there were 2,000 people following us," added the coach.

In addition, Parreira made comments on Spain¡¯s Real Madrids striker Ronald, who is recovering from a surgery on his knee.

"If he wants to, he still is the best player in the world. What motivates athletes the most is their individual will. In Ronaldos case, his will to return to the national team is his stimulation," said the coach who led Brazil in winning of the 1994 World Cup title. 

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