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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Zico Calls For Return Of The Emperor, Adriano, To Brazilian National Football Team

Brazil football legend Zico advocated the return of Adriano to the Brazilian national football team in an interview with TV Record. Zico noted that Adriano was one of the few players who could change a game singlehandedly. Zico opined that Adriano could win the World Cup for Brazil and that, if he were the coach of the national team, he would lock Adriano in a room and tell him that had God-given gifts that few football players have. Also known as The Emperor, Adriano played in the 2006 World Cup alongside Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Kaka in a quartet known as the “fab four”. Widely known as the boy from the ghetto who never fully recovered from the 2004 death of his father, Adriano cuts a unique profile because of his size, strength, pace, left footed finishing ability and history of psychological problems. Zico also praised Neymar in the interview and suggested that, at this point, coach Mano Menezes should focus principally on the Olympics given that the Olympic gold remains one of the few trophies Brazil have yet to win.

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