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We'll teach the world to play Brazilian - Paqueta

Written by: Staff

BAD NAUHEIM, Germany, June 7 (Reuters) Saudi Arabia coach Marcos Paqueta says Brazilian coaches are becoming as sought after as the players.

Paqueta, who takes his name from the island in Rio de Janeiro where he grew up, is one of five Brazilian coaches in charge of teams at the World Cup.

Just a short drive from the Saudi training base, Carlos Alberto Parreira is plotting a sixth title for Brazil while Zico (Japan), Luis Felipe Scolari (Portugal) and Alexandre Guimaraes (Costa Rica) are also hoping for success.

''You know for a long, long time everybody thought Brazil won because they had great players, not great coaches,'' Paqueta said today.

'But that's not true now, it's definitely not true. It's fantastic that there are five here and it opens doors for other coaches from Brazil.'' Paqueta, who in 2003 coached both the Brazil under-17 and under-20 teams to world titles, said it was difficult to compare his task with that of Parreira's.

''People talk about pressure, pressure, but I enjoy it,'' said Paqueta. ''We have a plan with the Saudi team and I've had great support from the federation.

''I know my objectives, I work hard, I try everything to make a good impression for Saudi Arabia.'' He said the fact that many Brazilians, both players and coaches have worked in Saudi Arabia, has helped the country develop as a soccer nation.

''There are similarities in the way the Saudis play football,'' he said.

''I think 10 Brazilians have coached in Saudi Arabia and you can see that the techniques and tactics have been passed on.'' The Saudis face Spain, Ukraine and Tunisia in Group H.


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