source: 3:39-Thomson Reuters
By Steve Tongue
LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) - Brazil striker Neymar, who has
scored 43 times for his country and is still only 23, can break
Pele's long-standing record of 77 international goals, coach
Dunga said on Saturday.
Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all
time, also helped Brazil win three World Cups, in 1958, 1962 and
1970, and that is the record Dunga really wants Neymar to
"Neymar is doing very well and will only grow," he told a
"In regard to goals I don't think that will be a problem.
But the record we really want him to get is Pele's number of
World Cup wins."
Dunga was speaking ahead of the friendly against Chile at
Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday in a repeat of the World
Cup second-round game last June.
Scraping through that match on penalties, then beating
Colombia in the next round encouraged Brazil's fanatical fans to
believe their team could go all the way and become champions of
the world again.
But in the semi-final they suffered the greatest humiliation
in the history of the country's football by losing 7-1 to
eventual winners Germany, after trailing 7-0 within 70 minutes
and only scoring in added time.
The road back to respectability has been a long one but
since Dunga replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned
immediately after the World Cup, Brazil have won all seven
games, scoring 17 goals while conceding only two and beating
opposition as strong as Colombia, Argentina and France.
Neymar, who joined Barcelona from Santos in 2013, has scored
eight of those goals, including one in the 3-1 win in France on
Brazil have no new injury problems though Dunga said he will
David Luiz and striker Diego Tardelli are both missing again
but London fans will see plenty of familiar faces including
Chelsea trio Oscar, Willian and Filipe Luis.
Brazil defender Gabriel Paulista could be up against his
Arsenal team mate Alexis Sanchez.
An Arsenal spokesman said the game was sold out with a
capacity crowd of 60,000.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)
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