26 Jun 2010

Brazil coach says idea of traditional powers now obsolete

7:00 am on 26 June 2010

In the wake of defending champions Italy's early world cup exit, the Brazilian coach Dunga says the notion of traditional footballing powers is becoming obsolete.

Italy, who finished behind New Zealand in their pool, joined 1998 champions France in finishing bottom of their respective groups.

England and Germany left qualification to the second round until their third group match, while joint favourites Spain still have to qualify for the last 16.

Dunga says it's to be expected that players from lesser teams gained experience and learnt technical skills when playing for high-profile clubs in Europe.

He says players in the so-called weaker teams played for some of the best clubs in the world, like Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea.