Brazil will win World Cup with state-of-the-art base: Scolari

Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:55pm EDT
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By Andrew Downie

SAO PAULO, Brazil, March 26 - Brazil unveiled on Wednesday the state-of-the-art training center they will use during this year's World Cup and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said the facilities would help them win the tournament for a record sixth time.

"The players here will have much more than they have at their clubs and they will want for nothing," Scolari told reporters at the re-opening of the Granja Comary complex.

"Now, the responsibility is ours," added Scolari, who was the manager when Brazil last won the World Cup in 2002.

"We need to play our role. And in playing our role we are going to do what everyone wants and become world champions."

The training center was opened 27 years ago and hundreds of Brazilian players have stayed there. But it was in need of repair and builders tore it down and built a modern new complex that Scolari and assistant manager Carlos Alberto Parreira said would be the envy of any European side.

"Nothing I've ever seen before is like this here," Parreira said.

"We've started to win the World Cup off the field. You can't win on the field if you don't win off the field. When we win off the field that's one hand on the trophy. Now it is up to us."   Continued...

The swimming pool at the Granja Comary training center, where the Brazilian soccer team will be training and staying during the 2014 World Cup, is pictured in Teresopolis near Rio de Janeiro March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes