Rio de Janeiro: Brazil striker Fred has revealed his desire to meet Argentina in an all-South American FIFA World Cup final in July. The 30-year was included in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s 23-man squad for the June 12-July 13 tournament in Brazil, reports Xinhua.
He made no secret of his wish to play for football’s most coveted prize against Brazil’s southern neighbours at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium. “I think all Brazilians want to play against Argentina in the final and win,” Fred said in a Facebook interview with football’s governing body FIFA Tuesday.
“But other giants like Italy, Spain and France would be special too. A final against Portugal would be something historic. They are our friends but in the last few years we have developed a big rivalry. it would be a pleasure but difficult.”
Fred has recaptured his goal scoring form for Brazil’s Fluminense after a thigh injury sidelined him for the last four months of 2013. When asked which rival defender he most dreaded playing against, the former Lyon forward did not hesitate to nominate Italy’s Juventus centre-back Giorgio Chiellini. “Italy have a very strong defence, but especially Chiellini. I really like the way he plays.” Brazil have been drawn in Group A of the alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.