Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team

Infobox National football team
Name = Brazil
Badge = CBF logo.svg
Badge_size = 130px
FIFA Trigramme = BRA
Nickname = "A Seleção" (The Selection/National Team)
Association = "Confederação Brasileira de Futebol"
(Brazilian Football Confederation)
Confederation = CONMEBOL (South America)
home = El Maracana
Coach = Dunga
Captain = Lúcio
Most caps = Cafu (148)
Top scorer = Pelé (77)
Home Stadium = Maracanã
Mané Garrincha
Serra Dourada
FIFA Rank = 4
FIFA max = 1
FIFA max date = first in September 1993
FIFA min = 8
FIFA min date = August 1993
Elo Rank = 2
Elo max = 1
Elo max date = first in March 1953
Elo min = 18
Elo min date = November 2001
Home Stadium =
First game = fb|Argentina 3 - 0 Brazil flagicon|Brazil
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; September 20, 1914) [ [ ] ]
Largest win = flagicon|Brazil Brazil 14 - 0 fb-rt|Nicaragua
(Mexico; October 17, 1975)
Largest loss = fb|Uruguay 6 - 0 Brazil flagicon|Brazil
(Viña del Mar, Chile; 18 September, 1920)
World cup apps = 18
World cup first = 1930
World cup best = Winners, 1958, 1962, 1970,
1994, 2002
Regional name = Copa América
Regional cup apps = 32
Regional cup first = 1916
Regional cup best = Winners, 1919, 1922, 1949,
1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007
Confederations cup apps = 5
Confederations cup first = 1997
Confederations cup best = Winners, 1997, 2005
The Brazil national football team is the national team of Brazil and is managed by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) that represents Brazil in international football competitions. They are the most successful national football team in the history of the World Cup, with five championships (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002). A common quip about football is: "The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it." [" [ World Cup History - The Facts and Stats] ", William Hill, May 28, 2006. URL accessed on 15 June 2006.] Currently ranked sixth by FIFA, Brazil is consistently among the strongest football nations in the world and is the only team to have played in every World Cup.


Early history

The first match of the Brazil national football team is generally considered to be a 1914 match between a Rio and São Paulo select team and the English club Exeter City F.C., which the Brazilian team won 2–0. [cite book |last=Bellos |first=Alex |title=Futebol: the Brazilian way of life |pages=37 |publisher=Bloomsbury |location=London |date=2002 |id=ISBN 0-7475-6179-6] In contrast to future successes, the nation's early appearances were far from brilliant, partly due to internal strife within Brazilian football over professionalism, which rendered the Brazilian Football Confederation unable to field full-strength teams.

In particular, disputes between the São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro state football federations meant that the team would not be composed of players coming from either of the federations.cite web | title = Briga de paulistas e cariocas enfraquece Brasil | url= | accessdate = 2008-09-01 | publisher=UOL | language=Portuguese ] cite web | title = Outra vez dividida, seleção repete fiasco | url= | accessdate = 2008-09-01 | publisher=UOL | language=Portuguese ] In both the 1930 and 1934 tournaments, Brazil were knocked out at the very first stage.cite web | title = World Cup 1930 | url= | accessdate = 2008-09-01 | publisher=RSSSF ] cite web | title = World Cup 1934 finals | url= | accessdate = 2008-09-01 | publisher=RSSSF ] But 1938 was a sign of things to come, as Brazil finished a strong third, with Leonidas da Silva finishing as the top scorer of the tournament.

Brazil hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup which was the first tournament to be held after World War II. It is the only time Brazil has hosted the tournament to date (not counting the upcoming 2014 tournament). The 1950 tournament was unique in not having a single final, but rather a final round-robin stage of four teams; however, to all intents and purposes the deciding game between Brazil and Uruguay acted as that tournament's "final". The match was hosted at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, watched by 199,854 people, and Brazil only needed a draw to win, but lost the match 2-1 after being 1-0 up; this match has since been known in South America as "Maracanazo". In Brazil it is called "Final Fatídica" ("fateful final"). [cite book | last = Bellos | first = Alex | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life | publisher = Bloomsbury Publishing PLC | date= 2003 | location = London | pages = | url = | doi = | id = ]

For the 1954 FIFA World Cup, in Switzerland, the Brazilian team was almost completely renovated, so as to forget the Maracanã defeat, but still had a group of good players, including Nílton Santos, Djalma Santos, and Didi. Brazil didn't go very far though. The quarterfinals saw the favorites Hungary beat Brazil 4-2 in one of the ugliest matches in football history, which would become infamous as the Battle of Berne.

The Golden Era and Pelé (1958 to 1970)

Brazil's coach, Vicente Feola, imposed strict rules on the squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup, held in Sweden. The players were given a list of forty things that they were not allowed to do, including wearing hats or umbrellas, smoking while wearing official clothing and talking to the press outside of allocated times. They were the only team to bring a psychologist (because the memories of 1951 still affected some players) or a dentist (for, because of their humble origins, many players had dental problems, which caused infections and also had negative impact on performance) with them, and had sent a representative to Europe to watch the qualifying matches a year before the tournament began.

Brazil were drawn in the toughest group, with England, the USSR and Austria. They beat Austria 3–0 in their first match, then drew 0–0 with England. The Brazilians had been worried about their match with the USSR who had exceptional fitness and were one of the favourites to win the tournament; their strategy was to take risks at the beginning of the match to try and score an early goal. Before the match, the leaders of the team, Bellini, Nílton Santos, and Didi, spoke to coach Vicente Feola and persuaded him to make three substitutions which were crucial for Brazil to defeat the Soviets and win the Cup: Zito, Garrincha, and Pelé would start playing against the USSR. From the kick off, they passed the ball to Garrincha who beat three players before hitting the post with a shot. They kept up the pressure relentlessly, and after three minutes which were later described as "the greatest three minutes in the history of football","Garrincha" 122.] Vavá gave Brazil the lead. They won the match 2–0. Pelé scored the only goal of their quarter-final match against Wales, and they beat France 5–2 in the semi-final. Brazil beat the hosts Sweden, in the final 5-2, winning their first World Cup and becoming the first nation to win a World Cup title outside of its own continent. A celebrated fact was that Feola would sometimes take naps during training sessions and would sometimes close his eyes during matches, giving the impression that he was asleep. Because of this, Didi was sometimes said to be the real coach of the team, as he commanded the mid-field.

In the 1962 FIFA World Cup, Brazil got its second title with Garrincha as the star player; a mantle and responsibility bestowed upon him after regular talisman, Pelé, was injured during the first group match against Mexico and unable to play for the rest of the tournament.

In the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the preparation of the team was affected by political influences. All the major Brazilian clubs wanted their players included in the Brazilian team, to give them more exposure. In the final months of preparation, the coach Vicente Feola was working with 46 players, of which only 22 would go to England; this caused lots of internal dispute and psychological pressure. The result was that, in 1966, Brazil had their worst performance in all World Cups. Of course, another perhaps bigger issue, was that Pelé (who may have been at the height of his career) was chopped at seemingly every opportunity in the group matches.

Brazil won its third World Cup in Mexico in the 1970 FIFA World Cup. Brazil fielded what has been considered to be the best football squad ever, led by Pelé in his last World Cup final, captain Carlos Alberto, Jairzinho, Tostão, Gérson and Rivelino. After winning the Jules Rimet Trophy for the third time Brazil were allowed to keep it for good.


After the international retirement of Pelé and other stars, Brazil were not able to overcome Netherlands' Total Football and could not defend its title in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, finishing in fourth place.

The 1978 FIFA World Cup was notoriously controversial. In the second group stage Brazil were competing with tournament hosts Argentina for top spot and a place in the Finals. In their last group match, Brazil defeated Poland 3-1 to go top of the group with a goal difference of +5. Argentina were only on a goal difference of +2, but in their last group match, they managed to defeat Peru 6-0 and thus qualify for the final. Brazil were forced to settle for the third place match, where they defeated Italy 2-1.

In the 1982 FIFA World Cup, the tournament favorites Brazil easily moved through the early part of the draw, but a 3–2 defeat to Italy, in one of the classic games in finals history, eliminated them from the tournament. Paolo Rossi scored all three of Italy's goals. The seleção was defeated in the match they still refer to as the "Sarrias Disaster", a reference to the stadium's name, and Telê would be much blamed for using an attacking system while a 2-2 draw was enough. The 1982 squad, with players like Sócrates, Zico and Falcão, is remembered as one of the greatest teams to be eliminated from the World Cup.

In 1986, Telê and several players of 1982 returned to play in the World Cup hosted by Mexico. The players were older but still capable of an enchanting performance. They were troubled, however, by an injury Zico picked up before the World Cup. Incessant questions about whether and when he could play undoubtedly had some negative effect on the team. Brazil met France in the quarter-finals and the match is considered an absolute classic of "total football". Neither side deserved to lose but when Zico finally came on in the second half (with the score 1-1), and Brazil were awarded a penalty late in the game, Brazil seemed set to win. But Zico, the hero of a whole generation of Brazilian football fans, missed the penalty - and after a goalless but thoroughly exciting extra time it all came down to a penalty shoot out. There Zico managed to score from his penalty but Júlio César da Silva and Sócrates missed, and Brazil was out. Memories of the afternoon at Sarria's came back to haunt the crowd.

In the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Brazil was coached by Sebastião Lazaroni, who was hardly known before the Cup and became even more anonymous afterwards. With a defensive scheme, whose main symbol was mid-fielder Dunga, and three full-backs, the team lacked creativity but made it to the second round. Against a weaker Argentinian side, the Brazilians applied heavy pressure and had numerous chances to score, but it was Claudio Caniggia who managed to find Brazil's net and eliminate them.

More successes (1994–2002)

Brazil, to the surprise of many, went 24 years without winning a World Cup or even participating in a final or semi-final. Their struggles ended at the 1994 tournament in the United States, where a solid, if unspectacular side headed by the likes of Romário, Bebeto, Dunga, Taffarel, and Jorginho won the World Cup for a then-record 4th time. Highlights of their campaign included a 1-0 victory over the hosts in the round of 16, a sensational 3-2 win over the Dutch in the quarter-finals (often cited as the game of the tournament) and a 1-0 win over the Swedes in the semis. This set up a classic confrontation, Brazil vs. Italy, in the final. After a dour and unexciting 0-0 draw, penalty kicks loomed, and when Roberto Baggio lifted his spot kick over the crossbar, Brazil were champions once again. A new era of dominance had begun.

World Cup 1998

Brazil finished runner-up in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After a very respectable campaign, the team lost to hosts France 3-0 in a problematic final game. Brazilian marking at defensive set pieces was poor, and Zinédine Zidane was able to score two headed goals from France's corner kicks. Also, Brazilian star Ronaldo suffered a nervous breakdown or an epileptic seizure a few hours before the match. Many criticized the decision to reinstate Ronaldo into the starting lineup as he put in a poor performance.

World Cup 2002

Fuelled by the scintillating play of the "Three R's" (Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho), Brazil won its fifth championship at the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. When the groups were drawn, Brazil seemed to have been lucky; Their adversaries would be Turkey, China and Costa Rica. At the end, it turned out that Turkey finished the tournament in third place. Brazil went on beating all three opponents, scoring 11 goals and conceding only three, and topping the group. In Brazil's opening game against Turkey, Rivaldo fell to the ground clutching his face after Turkey's Hakan Ünsal had kicked the ball at his legs. Hakan Ünsal, who had already been booked, was sent off while Rivaldo jumped to his feet and continued playing. Rivaldo escaped suspension but was fined £5,180 for play-acting, he became the first player to be punished in Fifa's crackdown on "simulation" and "diving". Next they defeated Belgium 2-0, which had been the most difficult match for Brazil in the tournament. Against England in the quarter finals, Brazil won 2-1. Ronaldinho scored the winner with a remarkable lofted free kick and also assisted teammate Rivaldo for their first goal, but was sent off for stamping on the right ankle of England's full back Danny Mills. The semifinal was against Turkey, which Brazil had faced in their group. Again, this match was difficult, as Brazil won 1–0 with a goal by Ronaldo. Rivaldo had scored one goal each in all five game up to this one but did not manage to hit the target in the sixth. He had seemed all set to repeat Jairzinho´s great achievement in 1970 when he scored in every game of the World Cup. The final was between two of the most successful teams in the competition's history: Germany and Brazil. Either Germany (or West Germany) or Brazil had played in all World Cup finals since 1950 - except 1978 (If the last game of 1950 is considered to be a proper final). German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn had been the tournament's best keeper, but could not maintain that level of play, as Ronaldo vanquished his France '98 demons, scoring both goals in the Brazilian 2-0 triumph. Incredibly, these teams had never played each other in the World Cup before. There was however a match between Brazil and East Germany in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Brazil won 1–0.


On June 29, 2005 Brazil won the Confederations Cup for the second time with an emphatic 4-1 victory over arch-rivals Argentina in Frankfurt, Germany. They also won another championship, the 2004 Copa América in which Brazil defeated Argentina in a penalty shootout. Argentina had defeated Peru in the quarterfinals, and Colombia in the semifinals. In the 2002 World Cup, Brazil made it to the final to face the powerful German squad. The Brazilian striker Ronaldo scored two goals in the final, leaving Germany in the dust, as the experienced Brazilian captain Cafú lift the World Cup for Brazil a fifth time.

World Cup 2006

Entering the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Brazil were seen as heavy favorites to repeat their success at the previous cup. Brazil beat Croatia 1-0, Australia 2-0, Japan 4-1, the first two being hard-fought matches, to come out at the top of their group.

During the second round, they defeated Ghana 3-0. However, Brazil was eliminated in the quarterfinals against France by a score of 1-0 when Thierry Henry scored the winning goal. France was led by a rejuvenated Zinédine Zidane and by a strong defence which kept the Brazilian strikers under check for the duration of the game. Brazil were shut out, attempting just one shot at French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. The game was also notable for being the first time that the Brazil team had been shut out in consecutive matches against a particular team. France now has a 2-1-1 all-time record against Brazil in World Cup play.

After the result of 2006, the team was criticized by many Brazilians. Some, such as Pelé, blamed coach Parreira and Ronaldinho for the team's early elimination. [cite news
title=Pelé culpa Ronaldinho e Parreira por eliminação precoce
publisher=Terra Esportes
] The night after Brazil's defeat, vandals burned and destroyed a 7-meter tall fiberglass and resin statue of Ronaldinho in the Brazilian city of Chapecó, which had been erected in 2004 to celebrate Ronaldinho's first election as FIFA World Player of the Year. [cite news
title=Estátua de Ronaldinho é queimada em Santa Catarina
publisher=UOL Esporte
] Roberto Carlos [cite news
title=Carlos quits international scene
publisher=British Broadcasting Corporation
] and Juninho Pernambucano each announced their retirement from the team and Juninho asserted that it was time for the players over 30 to retire from the team. [cite news
title=Juninho quits international scene
publisher=British Broadcasting Corporation
] Cafu, the Brazilian captain, made an infamous comparison between the team of 2006 and the team at 1982 World Cup, one that is remembered as one of the greatest teams that lost a World Cup. [cite news
title=Cafu evita falar em aposentadoria da seleção
publisher=Terra Esportes
] Two days after the loss, Ronaldinho and Adriano partied through the night in Barcelona, increasing the feeling of the Brazilians that they were betrayed by their national team. [cite news
title=Decepção da Copa, Ronaldinho "festeja" com comida, dança e balada
publisher=Folha Online
] This reaction contrasted with other players such as Rogerio Ceni, who was ashamed of the game and said "some defeats are marked by struggle, but we lost in an infelicitous way, that wasn't what we had hoped for", [cite news
title=Envergonhado, Ceni admite superioridade francesa
publisher=Terra Esportes
] and Zé Roberto, who cried and said that "the unity that we had outside the pitch, was lacking inside it". [cite news
title=Emocionado, Zé Roberto diz que faltou união em campo
publisher=Terra Esportes
] On July 19, Parreira resigned as the team coach.

After the 2006 World Cup

1994 World Cup champion Dunga was hired as Brazil's new team coach on July 24. His first match in charge was against Norway which was played in Oslo on August 16, ended in a 1-1 draw. His second match was held against arch rivals Argentina on September 3 in Arsenal F.C.'s new Emirates Stadium in London, in which Brazil defeated Argentina by a 3-0 scoreline. On 5 September they defeated Wales 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur F.C.'s White Hart Lane ground. They later defeated Kuwait club, Al-Kuwait 4-0, Ecuador 2-1 and had a 2-1 away win against Switzerland.

Dunga's first defeat as Brazil's coach occurred in February 2007 in a friendly match against Portugal, which at that time was coached by former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. In March 2007, Brazil bounced back from their first defeat under Dunga with wins in friendly matches against Chile (4-0) and Ghana (1-0) in Sweden.

Unlike Parreira, Dunga has focused on the task of deemphasizing all players and treating them as equals. He did not just look for players in popular clubs such as AC Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid, etc., but looked at the whole scope of Europe, finding individual talents such as Daniel Carvalho, Vágner Love and Dudu Cearense of Greek club Olympiacos and also Elano of Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, currently of Manchester City. Of the former Magic Quartet, Ronaldinho and Kaká were the only players who had a regular place in the Brazil squad. Adriano was called back in the squad for a friendly against Portugal in February 2007 which Brazil lost 0-2. Dunga is yet to select the last member of the Magic Quartet, Ronaldo.

2007 Copa America

Dunga took the Brazilians to Venezuela, for the 2007 Copa America. They were placed in a group with Mexico, Ecuador, and Chile. In Group B, Brazil surprisingly lost to Mexico 2-0, then bounced back with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chile, and won 1-0 against Ecuador. They advanced to the quarter-finals, where they defeated Chile again 6-1. The Semi-Final was against Uruguay, and the game ended 2-2, and Brazil won 5-4 on penalties. Their opponent in the final was Argentina. Brazil and Argentina met in the finals, and Argentina were heavy favourites. But in the 4th minute of the final, Júlio Baptista scored surprising the Argentine team. Then in the 45th Minute, defender Roberto Ayala scored an own goal. The first half ended 2-0, and later in the 69th minute, Daniel Alves received the ball from Vágner Love's cross, shooting it into the side of the net and making it 3-0.


The Olympic football tournament is the only international competition in football organized by FIFA that Brazil has never won, although they have won two silver medals (1984 and 1988) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008)Since 1992, squads for Football at the Summer Olympics have been restricted to three players over the age of 23. The achievements of such teams are not usually included in the statistics of the international team.] .

Recent results

Results under manager Dunga

Competitive record



Most appearances

Below is a list of the 20 players with the most appearances for Brazil, as of Oct 6, 2008:"*Denotes players still available for selection"

Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

The following Brazilians players have been inducted into the Pacaembu Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame in October 2008.

* []

* Bebeto
* Carlos Alberto Torres
* Didi
* Djalma Santos
* Falcão
* Garrincha
* Gérson
* Gilmar
* Jairzinho
* Julinho
* Nilton Santos
* Pelé
* Rivaldo
* Rivelino
* Roberto Carlos
* Romário
* Ronaldinho Gaúcho
* Ronaldo
* Sócrates
* Taffarel
* Tostão
* Vavá
* Zagallo
* Zico
* Zizinho

Honorable Mention in the " Heroes of Brazilian Football" section, on the Pacaembu Brazilian Football Museum:
* []
* []

* Domingos da Guia
* Leônidas

Previous squads


World Cup winning coaches in bold.
*Adhemar Pimenta (1936–1938; 1942)
*Flávio Costa (1944–1950; 1955; 1956)
*Zezé Moreira (1952; 1954–1955)
*Aymoré Moreira (1953)
*Vicente Feola (1955)
*Osvaldo Brandão (1955–1956; 1957)
*Teté (1956)
*Silvio Pirilo (1957)
*Pedrinho (1957)
*Vicente Feola - 1958 FIFA World Cup (1958–1960)
*Aymoré Moreira - 1962 FIFA World Cup (1961–1963)
*Vicente Feola (1964–1967)
*Dorival Yustrich (1968)
*João Saldanha (1969–1970)
*Mário Zagallo - 1970 FIFA World Cup (1970–1974; 2002)
*Osvaldo Brandão (1975–1977)
*Cláudio Coutinho (1977–1980)
*Telê Santana (1980–1982)
*Carlos Alberto Parreira (1983)
*Edu (1983–1984)
*Evaristo de Macedo (1984–1985)
*Telê Santana (1985–1986)
*Carlos Alberto Silva (1987–1988)
*Sebastião Lazaroni (1989–1990)
*Paulo Roberto Falcão (1991)
*Carlos Alberto Parreira - 1994 FIFA World Cup (1991–1994)
*Mário Zagallo (1995–1998)
*Vanderlei Luxemburgo (1998–2000)
*Émerson Leão (2000–2001)
*Luiz Felipe Scolari - 2002 FIFA World Cup (2001–2002)
*Carlos Alberto Parreira (2002–2006)
*Dunga (2006–present)


enior team

*5 Fifa World Cups
*2 Confederations Cups
*8 Copa Americas
*1 Taça Independencia
*2 Panamerican Championships
*3 Taça do Atlantico
*8 Copa Roca


Olympic team

*2 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals at the Olympic Summer Games
*4 Pan American Games
*8 CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournaments

ee also

*Brazil women's national football team
*Brazil national under-20 football team
*Brazil national futsal team
*Argentina and Brazil football rivalry
*Brazil at the 2006 FIFA World Cup
*Brazilian Football Songs
*List of Brazilian players that play for another national team




External links

* [ Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame]
* [ Brazil 2014 World Cup]
* [ Brazil in the World Cups]
* [ The official Brazilian football association website]
* [ RSSSF Archive of Brazil national team 1906- (in English and Portuguese)]
* [ RSSSF Archive of Brazil national team results 1914- (Only "A" Matches)]
* [ RSSSF Archive of Brazil record national players]
* [ Brazil: "As if they come from another planet..."]
* [ All about Brazilian Football - Football+Brazil]
* [ The Brazilian Society] , a podcast from 'RadioFavela - The Sound of Rio' which shows the importance of soccer in the Brazilian society.


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