Brazil president tells his nation not to 'cry over spilled milk'

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BRAZIL president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has told his countrymen to forget the early elimination from this year's World Cup and look ahead to 2014 when Brazil will host the month-long tournament.

Silva tried to cheer the country in his weekly radio address, which was recorded in the west African country of Equatorial Guinea. He is on a tour of Africa, which will conclude when he attends the World Cup final on Sunday. Of course, he had hoped to see Brazil playing.

Instead, the five-time champions were beaten 2-1 in the quarter-finals on Friday by the Netherlands.

Silva said Brazil still played the world's best football, and he predicted a sixth title in 2014. "Crying over spilled milk is for those who are not used to winning," Silva said. "Brazil is used to winning. Brazil is a five-time World Cup champion and it's the country with the world's best football."

Silva will participate in Sunday's hand-over ceremony, when South African organizers pass responsibility for the next World Cup to Brazil.

"We can be sorry only because Brazil didn't win," Silva said. "But we have to lift our heads and prepare ourselves to win the 2014 World Cup. I want to be alive to participate in the opening ceremony and the party when we win our sixth title."

This marked the second straight time that Brazil have been knocked out in the quarter-finals, which prompted the firing on Sunday of national team coach Dunga. "I imagined that Brazil was going to play in the final, but it didn't happen," Lula said.

Meanwhile, Adriano believes his transfer to AS Roma will allow him to get back to his best form. The Brazil striker arrived in Italy to begin a three-year spell with Roma, having previously been playing back in his homeland with Flamengo.

"I am extremely delighted to be here with Roma. I hope Roma will help me get back to my previous best and compete for the title," he said.

Adriano's spell with Inter Milan ended last year on a sour note as he struggled with alcohol problems following the death of his father.

During three stints with Inter from 2001-09, Adriano scored 48 goals in 123 games. In that time, he scored six goals in 15 matches on loan at Fiorentina and 23 goals in 37 games when on loan at Parma.

He has won 49 caps for Brazil, scoring 27 goals, and was part of the team that won the 2004 Copa America and the 2005 Confederations Cup.

Adriano scored twice for Brazil in the 2006 World Cup, but was left out of the squad for the tournament in South Africa this summer after falling out of favour with Dunga.

He said he hoped the move to the Italian capital would continue an upturn in his fortunes that began back in Brazil over the past year.