Pele looks to Brazil avenging 1950 World Cup final defeat by beating Uruguay in July

Brazilian former football star Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka "Pele", speaks during a press conference about the Banco Santander scholarships at the Universidad Anahuac in Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, Mexico on May 19, 2014. Brazil avenging
Brazilian former football star Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka "Pele", speaks during a press conference about the Banco Santander scholarships at the Universidad Anahuac in Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, Mexico on May 19, 2014. Brazil avenging their traumatic 1950 World Cup final defeat by beating Uruguay in the final in July would be the ideal result, said Brazilian legend Pele. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Brazil avenging their traumatic 1950 World Cup final defeat by beating Uruguay in the final in July would be the ideal result, said Brazilian legend Pele.

The 73-year-old three time World Cup winner said in answer to a question of whether he would like a Brazil v Argentina final on July 13 at the Maracana it would be much more to his taste to play Uruguay and beat them.

"I would prefer to have a Brazil versus Uruguay final in order that we could avenge our defeat in 1950," Pele told a select group of journalists invited by Fifa to a bar in Sao Paulo.

The Uruguayans stunned the 200,000 spectators at the Maracana into silence back in 1950 when a late goal earned them a 2-1 win and that was enough on the old system for them to be crowned world champions and not Brazil, who went into the match just requiring a draw.

The match earned the nickname the "Maracanazo" on the back of it.