Sao Paulo - Thiago Silva is the only current Brazil player
that would find a place in the 1970 World Cup winning team, former midfield
great Rivelino says, highlighting the Selecao's shift from an attacking force
to one more defensively orientated.
Rivelino, one of the stars of that legendary side, said
Neymar was the other standout in the team aiming for Brazil's sixth World Cup
title at the tournament starting on home soil on June 12.
The 1970 side had a host of great forwards so only Silva,
the classy Paris St Germain defender and Brazil captain, would edge his way
into the team ahead of Wilson Piazza, the former Corinthians and Fluminense
"If you look at the back, Thiago Silva would get in the
1970 team," he said in an interview. "Piazza was a great player, but
he wasn't a central defender, he was adapted from midfield. You can't ignore a
player like Thiago Silva. He has real quality."
Rivelino lamented the lack of strikers and said that for
perhaps the first time Brazil go into a World Cup with a better back four than
The country of Pele, Ronaldo and Romario has few attractive
options up front, a worry considering each of the World Cup triumphs included a
deadly attacking duo.
"Brazil always had great attackers who could decide a
game at any moment," he told Reuters at an interview at his eponymous
"If you go back, in 1958 it was Pele and Vava; in 1962,
Pele and Vava; in 1970, Pele and Tostao. Then Bebeto and Romario (in 1994) and
then Rivaldo and Ronaldo (in 2002).
"And there were other players alongside them. But there
were two important players, one or the other was always on hand. Today we have
one, Fred, who has a nose for goal, but the ball has to come to him, he doesn't
make goals himself."
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