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SEOUL, May 30 (AFP) - Football's World Cup should never be allowed out of Europe again, according to Brazilian legend Rivelino.
The veteran of Brazil's great Cup-winning side of 1970 has called for a more realistic approach from football's world governing body, FIFA, over the allocation of the sport's global showcase.

"The World Cup should only ever be played in Europe and nowhere else," he told AFP.

"It is the only continent which has the infrastructure and the atmosphere to stage it successfully. Not even Brazil can do that."

Rivelino dismissed suggestions that holding the present tournament in Japan and South Korea would open up a whole new market for the game.

He was equally scornful of African claims to stage a future tournament and even spoke out against South America again providing the setting for the world's greatest sporting spectacle.

On the subject of co-hosting the World Cup finals, Rivelino said the idea was badly conceived.

"There is no World Cup atmosphere in Korea," he said.

Rivelino, a key midfield component behind the 1970 triumph which gave Brazil their third World Cup and outright ownership of the Jules Rimet Trophy, is in South Korea as a commentator for a Brazilian cable TV station.
 

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Normally I would have dismissed this as just another case of eurocentricism, but since it is Rivelino, of course I cannot do that. Nevertheless, to suggest that only Europe should be allowed to host World Cup events is rediculous. While a few countries in Europe may have the best combination of money, organization, and atmosphere, no continent should have a monopoly in hosting the World Cup.
 
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