Updated: Thursday, 05 December 2013 02:48 | By Agence France-Presse

Neymar's European experience can help Brazil - Pele

Brazilian legend Pele said on Wednesday he hoped current Brazil star Neymar's experience in Europe with Barcelona could give the Selecao a boost at next year's World Cup.


Neymar's European experience can help Brazil - Pele

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates after scoring at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza, on June 19, 2013

Brazil "shouldn't fear anyone," Pele said as he pinpointed next June as Neymar's chance to shine on the world stage.

"We hope with the experience he has been getting in Europe he can produce a fine showing with the Brazilian team," said Pele, who played on three Brazilian World Cup-winning teams.

Pele, now 73, added he has no desire to draw any of the 32 balls in Friday's draw in the northeastern resort of Costa do Sauipe.

"I don't feel comfortable with drawing the balls as I don't want to choose (teams) not favorable to Brazil." 

Pele added he hoped that popular protest of the kind which marred last June's Confederations Cup would not spoil the World Cup.

"I hope people realise this is very important for our country. People can protest but let's not spoil the World Cup," said Pele, who was attending a Sao Paulo function with US swimming legend Michael Phelps.

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