Pele: Brazil will reach the World Cup final

The Selecao legend believes Felipao's men will be one of the teams competing for the trophy at the Maracana on July 13 and is praying the Canarinho go one better than they in 1950
Brazil legend Pele has predicted the Selecao will reach the final of the 2014 World Cup.

Friday's draw in Bahia saw Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men matched with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A.

The hosts will open the tournament against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12 and Pele is confident that the Confederations Cup winners will go all the way.

"I think we will be in the final,” he said.

"I can always remember my father crying after we lost the World Cup final to Uruguay in 1950, so I don't want my kids to see me crying. I hope we will win."

Meanwhile, Brazil Technical Director Carlos Alberto Parreira, who won the tournament as coach in 1994, warned the players that their World Cup starts now.

"The World Cup starts when you know who you are up against,” he said following the draw. “So the World Cup starts now.”

"The opening game generates enormous pressure. Win the first match and you are well on the way to making it through.”

Brazil will continue their preparations ahead of the tournament when they meet up in March for the next leg of the Gillette Brasil Global Tour.