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 By PA Sport

Pele says World Cup was a 'disaster' for Brazil but hails Oscar, Ramires

New Brazilian Football Confederation president Marco Polo Del Nero called Brazil's 7-1 World Cup exit to Germany a 'tragedy', but believes the national team is on the right path to recovery.

Pele acknowledges that last year's World Cup was a "disaster" for Brazil but is not surprised how quickly the likes of Oscar and Ramires have bounced back in the Premier League this season.

Brazil were humiliated by Germany in a 7-1 semifinal defeat and the hosts were then thrashed 3-0 by Netherlands in the third-place play-off.

Pele scored 77 goals in 92 games for Brazil and won the World Cup three times, but the former Santos striker still finds last year's capitulation difficult to understand.

"It...

 By Ben Gladwell

Ze Maria hits out after being sacked twice by Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt

Ze Maria celebrates after scoring for Inter 10 years ago this week.

Former Brazil and Inter Milan full-back Ze Maria says he had been "taken for a ride" by Romanian club Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt, accusing their president of branding the players "slaves" and threatening not to pay their wages before sacking him, twice, last week.

Ze Maria knew that his second dismissal in a matter of days was definite when the club's Italian president, Angelo Massone, presented him with an airline ticket back to Italy.

"There had been talk of a long-term project and wanting to build...

Pele says he has recovered after recent health scare

ESPN FC's Alison Bender interviews Pelé, Steve McManaman, and Robbie Fowler ahead of this weekend's crucial Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool.
Pele says he has fully recovered from his time in hospital last year.

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Brazil legend Pele says that he has "happily recovered" from a recent health scare.

The 74-year-old spent time in intensive care late last year because of a urinary tract infection and had to undergo physiotherapy to recover some of the muscle mass that he lost during his hospital stay.

"I want to thank God because I have my health and I'm here before you all," Pele said while visiting a slum in Santiago. "I feel blessed because with health you can do it all."

The three-time World...