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UPDATED: 10:47, July 08, 2006
Brazil blamed for lack of team spirit
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Former Brazil international Juninho Paulista blamed a lack of team spirit for the South American team's early World Cup exit on Saturday.

"The football played by Brazil this year was very far from the Brazilian form during 2002," said Juninho.

The five-time World Cup winners and defending champions reached the quarter-final stages in Germany before losing 1-0 to France.

"They did not fulfill the expectations. The French victory was right." added Juniho.

Juninho formed part of the side that won the World Cup in 2002 under the stewardship of Luiz Felipe Scolari, who guided Portugal to the semi-final this time around before also falling to France.

The former Middlesbrough and Atletico Madrid midfielder feeled this year's crop of players lacked the same fighting spirit shown in 2002.

"Our group of players (in 2002) were united, like Portugal at the moment. If a squad has team spirit, they will win a lot of things on the pitch.

"We had a good group of players in the national team, and alongside Luis Felipe I experienced the greatest thing," said Juniho.

Source: Xinhua

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