PARREIRA TIPS HIS HOMeyS NOT BAFANA

talented: Brazilian striker Juan clears the ball from Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue during their World Cup match at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. Pic. ANTONIO MUCHAVE.  20/06/2010. © Sowetan.
talented: Brazilian striker Juan clears the ball from Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue during their World Cup match at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. Pic. ANTONIO MUCHAVE. 20/06/2010. © Sowetan.

BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira yesterday tipped his native Brazil to go far in the World Cup, saying the five-time winners had not yet played to their full potential.

BAFANA Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira yesterday tipped his native Brazil to go far in the World Cup, saying the five-time winners had not yet played to their full potential.

Brazil have already booked their place in the knockout phase in South Africa, thanks to a 2-1 win over North Korea in their first Group G clash and an impressive 3-1 victory over Ivory Coast on Sunday.

Parreira, who won the World Cup with the South American giants in the US in 1994, said the Brazil team was stacked with quality players, adding: "They are also experienced and they have a lot of self-confidence.

"They are so comfortable with their football that it's almost as if they are constantly training."

Speaking to reporters at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein ahead of South Africa's match with France today, Parreira said Brazil's "future in this competition is very positive."

Parreira said South America had been able to showcase the quality of its football at the World Cup amid woes for European and African teams, demonstrating that the game was not just about physical strength.

Parreira's comments follow those of Ivory Coast manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who said Brazil, with just Portugal to play in the so-called "Group of Death," had the mark of potential world champions.

"I think the Brazil team can go all the way. They have quality, especially in defence."

"You need to be almost perfect to beat Brazil. In every way they are good, very good." - Sapa-AFP

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