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Posted by Gustavo Faldon on 06/11/2010

Actually, there's a lot of Brazil in South Africa's national team that will play the first match of the 2010 World Cup because Carlos Alberto Parreira is brazilian and coached his nation in two other editions of the tournament (champions in 94, and quarter-finalist in 2006).

But now, the Bafana Bafana coach will have once again a tough challenge ahead and will try to break some records.

When Parreira takes his seat on the dogout this friday he will become the coach that has more World Cup participations in history. The brazilian will have managed in the most important soccer tournament in six editions, surpassing Bora Milutinovic.

In his other five World Cups, Parreira has never won a match with other team except for Brazil. He coached Kuwait in 1982, UAE in 1990, and Saudi Arabia in 1998.

The brazilian will have France once again in his way. The coach was fired during the 1998 World Cup after losing to the home team that year in the second match and was eliminated by the frenchmen also in 2006 in the quarter-finals.

But everybody knows that South Africa is in a tough group. That way, Parreira can have the negative record of being the first World Cup host to not advance to the final round of 16 of the tournament.


Posted by steeve joas on 06/11/2010

i love brasil is my favorte team but thing is brasil when the king is out that a chame i heat that

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Gustavo Faldon is a Brazilian football fanatic and has lived the emotions of celebrating two World Cup titles as a fan. This time, he is celebrating the World Cup as a journalist that is working for ESPN's website in Brazil.

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