Silva says Brazil missed golden chance at WCup

Silva says Brazil missed golden chance at WCup

Published Jul. 15, 2010 4:09 p.m. ET

Brazil's president says the national team should have easily won the World Cup in South Africa.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he still hasn't gotten over Brazil's 2-1 loss to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, saying it was ''the easiest World Cup for Brazil to win.''

An avid soccer fan, he told a local radio station on Thursday it was the tournament field with the ''weakest'' teams and that Brazil had an easy path to earn its sixth title.

The president says he will accept the defeat in 2010 if it means that Brazil has a better chance to win at home when it hosts the 2014 World Cup.


He says the team can't repeat what happened in 1950, when Brazil lost the final to Uruguay at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.