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Lula asks Brazil to unite for World Cup

01/06/2010 04:29:15 PM Comments (0)

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wants the country to unite for the World Cup and end the debate over the squad that coach Dunga has assembled for the tournament.

Silva is a passionate football fan and made the plea on Monday speaking on his weekly radio program "Coffee with the President."

This year's Brazil teams includes fewer stars, and Dunga has been criticised for not picking players like AC Milan playmaker Ronaldinho. Five-time champion Brazil plays in Group G and faces North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal.

"I want us to win the World Cup," Silva said. "I believe Dunga has called up the best players we have at the moment. It's not just a team of great individuals, but rather a team that works together and is motivated."

Silva said he expected to visit five African countries in July and anticipated attending the World Cup final on July 11.

"If it's God will, it will be Brazil against some other team."

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