June 10, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Legendary footballer Pele, the global ambassador for The Santander Group's soccer sponsorships, said today that "the US team could be a surprise" in the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament starting this week in
During an interview celebrating the renewal of his relationship with Santander through 2016, Pele said
are the best European teams. Apart from
, he commented that
are the best prepared Latin American teams at the moment. He counts Neymar, the "hope of Brazilians," as well as
, among the best players.
Pele remarked that if he could choose the final match he would "play a revenge against
" referring to the team that beat
in the 1950 final known as the "Maracanazo," for the name of the stadium in
Rio de Janeiro
where the match took place.
Pele warned of the importance of having a well-organized competition without problems. "It is important for the country, not only for the team, to be a success. And we're ready to start," Pele said.
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EUR 1.24 trillion
in managed funds, 103 million customers, 13,927 branches – more than any other international bank – and 182,958 employees at the close of 2013. It is the largest financial group in
. It also has significant positions in the
and the northeast
. Santander registered
EUR 4.37 billion
in attributable profit in 2013, an increase of 90% from the previous year.
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