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World Cup 2010: Romario Predicts A Close Game Between Brazil And Holland

World Cup 2010: Romario Predicts A Close Game Between Brazil And Holland

The World Cup winner sees one goal deciding this much-anticipated tie, while bemoaning the loss of 'magic' from modern football.

Brazilian legend Romario believes the Selecao are in for a difficult test against a strong Holland side, and cannot see either team hitting the back of the net many times.

"It will not be easy to score goals against Holland, they have one of the strongest defences in this cup with only two goals conceded," the 1994 World Cup winner stated in an interview with O Globo.

"Their best players are Robben, Van Persie and Sneijder. I just can't see it; a 1-0 win would be a thrashing in this game."

The former Vasco, Barcelona and PSV hitman also agreed with comments made by Johan Cruyff, who argued that the magic had been removed from the current Brazil side in favour of pragmatism and sturdy defence.

"Actually Johan Cruyff is right when he says football has no more magic. Not just in Brazil but all over the world. No team has that much magic to call on. So I don't agree with him solely directing his criticism at Brazil.

"In his age and at the start of mine, there were five or six great players in each team. Today, no. Even in our 1994 team there wasn't much magic. From 1990 up to here it started to become more difficult."


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