‘Enor­mous pres­sure’ on Brazil

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

RIO DE JANEIRO — Ron­aldo didn’t quite go along with the out­ra­geous pre­dic­tions of eter­nal dam­na­tion if Brazil doesn’t win the World Cup on home soil, but con­ceded the squad is “enor­mous pres­sure” to claim a sixth ti­tle.

Jose Maria Marin, head of the Brazil­ian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion, was quoted by Sao Paulo news­pa­per Folha de S.Paulo this week say­ing, “We’ll all go to hell” if Brazil fails to se­cure the World Cup ti­tle in July.

Ron­aldo led Brazil to its last World Cup ti­tle 12 years ago, and knows the ex­pec­ta­tions on the team have been grow­ing with ev­ery edi­tion since then.

“The play­ers, when they don’t know if they are go­ing to win or lose, by def­i­ni­tion, they are un­der enor­mous pres­sure,” he said on Thurs­day, speak­ing as Brazil­ian or­gan­is­ers ex­plained on­go­ing de­lays in fin­ish­ing three of 12 sta­di­ums.

Marin re­peated his prophecy for Brazil’s World Cup on Thurs­day as he sat be­side Jerome Val­cke, Fifa’s top World Cup of­fi­cial. “What [Brazil­ian] people re­ally, re­ally ex­pect in the World Cup is to win the cham­pi­onship,” he said. “So we’re still in pur­ga­tory. So ei­ther we all work to­gether … It’s ei­ther to hell, or par­adise or heaven. I’m con­fi­dent we’ll all go to­gether to heaven.” — Sapa­AP.

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