Italy And Brazil Band Together To Support Favelas Combat Coronavirus

Falcao asked his close friend and former teammate Bruno Conti to get Italian player to each record a message and Paolo Rossi, Claudio Gentile and Giuseppe Bergomi were among the people who responded to the call for help.

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Italy and Brazil have decided to put aside their on-field rivalry and join each other to combat Coronavirus in the densely populated favelas of Brazil.
Former World Cup Brazilian team band together with former rivals Italy to battle COVID-19 in favelas. Picture Courtesy Of The Strait Times

Italy and Brazil have decided to put aside their on-field rivalry and join each other to combat Coronavirus in the densely populated favelas of Brazil.

In 1982 World Cup Italy managed to beat Brazil with Paolo Rossi scoring three goals, making the score to be 3-2 at the end of the match. Brazil at that time had players likes Zico, Socrates, Junior and Leandro.

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With help from his former teammates, Brazilian midfielder Paulo Roberto Falcao has raised more than 4.5 million Reais ($859 270) with a video recorded asking people to donate to help fight the coronavirus spread in the favelas.

Now their rivals from Italy (players that beat them in the World Cup in 1982) have created their own video.

Falcao asked his close friend and former teammate Bruno Conti to get Italian player to each record a message and Paolo Rossi, Claudio Gentile and Giuseppe Bergomi were among the people who responded to the call for help.

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“Italy and Brazil: rivals on the field but united against the coronavirus,” said defender Franco Causio.

After the World Cup players like Zico, Socrates and Junior are among those who went to play in the Italian clubs and have remained close friends with the Italians.

With Junior’s farewell match in 1990, all the players of both sides came together in Pescara to replay the famous game.

Article Accredited To: Mamorobela Lethabo

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