The legendary former Selecao player and coach believes Luiz Felipe Scolari's men can overcome the pressure of hosting of the tournament and finally lift the trophy on home soilBrazil legend Mario Zagallo says 2014 has reminded the current Brazil side that 2014 will provide the Selecao their chance to finally banish the demons of 1950's final defeat to Uruguay and win the World Cup on home soil.
The draw for the World Cup group stage will take place in Costa do Sauipe on Friday.
Speaking at the dress rehearsal on Thursday, Zagallo said he is confident Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men can overcome the pressure that comes with being hosts and lead the nation to glory.
“I think Brazil will live up to the challenge and cope well with the task,” said Zagallo, who won the World Cup twice as a player, in 1958 and 1962, before becoming the first man in history win the competition as player and coach when he took his place on the bench to lead the 1970 side to glory in Mexico.
“Brazil is the only national team to have won five world titles without winning at home.
“I think that this is our big moment. Our team is growing but is not quite ready yet. Scolari is doing a great job and I hope that Brazil can forget 1950 and be the champions.”
In Thursday's practice run, Brazil were joined in Group A by France, Australia and Italy, and 1994 World Cup-winning striker Bebeto is hoping for an easier draw on Friday.
“I hope Brazil could get an easy group tomorrow, but regardless of the national teams that we have to face, we have to beat them all.”
Brasil 2014 ambassador Ronaldo, a two-time winner (1994, 2002) and the competition’s all-time leading goalscorer with 15, echoed his compatriots’ sentiments and insisted travelling fans will experience a unique atmosphere next summer.
"Everyone wants to come to the World Cup,” he said. “[Those who do] will witness the passion Brazilians have for football.”