- Title: BRAZIL: REIGNING WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS HAVE THEIR FIRST REAM PRACTICE.
- Date: 23rd March 1974
- Summary: 1. GV Second team players warming up 0.06 2. MV Luis Pereira 0.11 3. SCU Rivelino warming up 0.18 4. SV PAN Dircue 0.21 5. SV & GV players doing warm up drills (2 shots) 0.32 6. SV PAN Eneias and Da Guia doing muscle toning exercises 0.40 7. SV Clodoaldo doing trunk exercises and running as cameraman looks on (2 shots) 0.50 8. SV PAN Ze Maria passing camera 0.54 9. GV Levinha 0.58 10. GV Felix in goal 1.05 11. GVs teams playing in practice match (3 shots) 1.15 12. GV Substitutes, reserves and trainers on bench 1.18 13. GTV practice game in progress. 1.26 Initials AE/18.51 AE/19.26 SPORT: FOOTBALL Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 7th April 1974 13:00
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Reuters ID: LVA31IS5TKKUKP715TWRU3VRK8AU
- Story Text: Reigning world cup football champions, Brazil, who will be going to West Germany for this summer's World Cup finals, to defend their title, had their first team work-our on Wednesday (20 March). Over thirty players and coaches were in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium - the world's largest - for a training session and practice game.
The three-time winners of the World Cup are joint favorites with West Germany for this year's championship, although they will be without the "blessed triangle" this year - Pele, Testao and Gersen. Three other players were absent from Wednesday's session - Jairzinho, Carlos Alberto and Paulo Cesar - but they are thought to be likely choices for the team. Their absence was due to muscle problems resulting from injuries.
Already national team coach Mario Zagalo has announced his list for the team: Felix, a 36-year-old international veteran, in goal; Carlos Alberto, Luis Pereira, Alfredo and Maco Antonio in defence; Clodoaldo, Rivelino and Paulo Cesar as midfield; and for forwards, Jarizinho, Leivinha and Eneias.
Brazil, placed in group 3, will play against Scotland, Yugoslavia and Zaire in the initial stages of the finals. Both Scotland and Yugoslavia are expected to field strong teams, and if Brazil is to win through into the semi-finals, the side will have to fight hard. As well as playing several thousand miles away from home, there will not be the highly emotional Brazilian crowds to cheer their team on. These two factors will go against the Brazilians', as well as the memory of their early elimination from the 1966 competition in England.
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