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Pele hoping for historic Brazil victory

08-10-2012 16:45 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Football legend Pele is hoping Brazil can achieve on Saturday the first prize that eluded him -- an Olympic gold medal.

Pele, who played in three World Cup-winning teams for Brazil, said he would be among those cheering loudest when Brazil meets Mexico in the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

"People say Brazil doesn't have a gold medal in the Olympics. I started to play at 17 years of age in the World Cup and I became a professional. At that time professionals could not play," Pele said on Thursday.

"I hope that now we can finally win an Olympic gold medal. I want to go back to Brazil with the only medal we never got."

Brazil starlet Neymar, who was singled out for special praise by the 71-year-old, revealed on Thursday the team wanted to win for the man who is widely regarded as football's greatest player.

"Our aim is to create history for Pele and for all Brazilians," Neymar said.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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