Brazil national football team and Their Great Achievement-
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|Association||Confederação Brasileira de Futebol |
(Brazilian Football Confederation)
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Mano Menezes|
|Most caps||Cafu (142)|
|Top scorer||Pelé (77)|
|Home stadium||Maracanã |
|Highest FIFA ranking||1 (1993-2007, 2009-10)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||8 (August 1993)|
|Highest Elo ranking||1 (1958-63, 1965-66, 1970-74 1978-79, 1981-83, 1986-87, 1990,1992,1994-00, 2002-10)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||18 (November 2001)|
| Argentina 3–0 Brazil |
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; September 20, 1914)
| Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua |
(Mexico; October 17, 1975)
| Uruguay 6–0 Brazil |
(Viña del Mar, Chile; September 18, 1920)
|Appearances||19 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||Winners, 1958, 1962, |
1970, 1994, 2002
|Appearances||32 (First in 1916)|
|Best result||Winners, 1919, 1922, |
1949, 1989, 1997, 1999,
|Appearances||6 (First in 1997)|
|Best result||Winners, 1997, 2005, 2009|
The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in international Association football and is controlled by the Brazilian Football Confederation. They are the reigning South American champions, successfully defending their title in the 2007 Copa América. Brazil are also the current holders of the FIFA Confederations Cup after managing to repeat as winners of the competition in the 2009 edition of said tournament.
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Brazil is the most successful national football team in the history of the World Cup, with five championships. They are also the most successful team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with three titles. Brazil, along with Argentina and Spain, are the only teams to win a World Cup outside their continental zone and the Verde-Amarela is the only team to have won the championship in four different continents; once in Europe (1958 Sweden), once in South America (1962 Chile), twice in North America (1970 Mexico and 1994 USA) and once in Asia (2002 S. Korea-Japan). A common quip about football is: "Os ingleses o inventaram, os brasileiros o aperfeiçoaram" ("The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it"). Currently ranked third by FIFA, Brazil is consistently considered the strongest football nation in the world, and has also been marked as one of the most competitive teams of each decade since the 1960s. Brazil is the only national team to have played in every World Cup.
2006 World Cup-
Brazilian's coach Carlos Alberto Parreira presented a formation nicknamed "The Magic Square" by the Brazilian sport journalists, based in 4 offensive players: Ronaldo, Adriano, Kaká, and Ronaldinho.
During the preparation stages, the team presented some problems. The team's greatest star Ronaldo had got a bad build-up, after returning from a two-month injury recovery. He also had blisters on his feet and a fever during the training matches.
Despite winning the first 2 games against Croatia (1–0) and Australia (2–0), the "Magic Square" didn't seem to work as expected and struggled to beat the opponents' defense. In the third game, manager Parreira tried a new squad with five former reserve players, including Robinho, and Cicinho. The changes were successful, as the team put on a comfortable 4–1 win against Japan.
During the second round, they defeated Ghana 3–0, with the Magic Square again this time. However, Brazil was eliminated in the quarterfinals against France by a score of 1–0. 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. Perhaps partially due to their uncommon formation, Brazil was 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 3 consecutive matches against France, now has a 2–1–1 all-time record in 1986, 1998 and 2006 in World Cup matches.
After elimination to France, the Brazil team was largely criticized by the press and the fans. The media circulated images of the left wingback Roberto Carlos tying his shoes while Henry ran unmarked to score the winning goal. The sporting legend Pelé blamed coach Parreira and Ronaldinho for the team's early elimination.
Dunga period (2006–2010):
1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga was hired as Brazil's new team manager on July 24, 2006, almost right after the World Cup was over. Dunga's former teammate, Jorginho, was hired as his assistant. His first match in charge was against Norway which was played in Oslo on August 16, 2006, ended in a 1–1 draw. His second match was held against Argentina on September 3 in Arsenal's brand new Emirates Stadium in London, in which Brazil defeated Argentina by a 3–0 score. On September 5, they won over Wales by 2–0 at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane ground. They later defeated Kuwait club Al-KuwaitEcuador by 2–1, and had a 2–1 away win against Switzerland. by 4–0,
Dunga's first defeat as Brazil's manager was on February 6, 2007 in a friendly match against Portugal, which at that time was coached by former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Respectively on March 24 and March 27, 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 Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid, etc., but looked at the whole scope of Europe, finding individual talents such as Vágner Love and Dudu Cearense who were playing for Russian club CSKA Moscow and Elano who was playing for Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. Of the four players who was dubbed as 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 did not select the last member of the Magic Quartet, Ronaldo. Instead, Luís Fabiano has made the majority of appearances at striker.
Copa América 2007:
Brazil participated in the Copa América 2007 which was hosted by Venezuela. They were placed in Group B with Mexico, Ecuador, and Chile. Brazil surprisingly lost to Mexico 2–0 in their opening match, then bounced back with a comfortable 3–0 victory over Chile with three goals from Robinho, and won 1–0 against Ecuador, Robinho scoring on a penalty kick. They advanced to the quarter-finals, where they defeated ChileUruguay, after a 2–2 draw, Brazil won 5–4 on penalties. Their opponent in the final was Argentina, which were the favorites to win, having won all their matches on the way to the final. However Brazil scored early in the 4th minute when Júlio Baptista scored, and then in the 45th minute, defender Roberto Ayala scored on an own goal. Later in the second half, in the 69th minute, substitute Dani Alves scored Brazil's third goal, as the scoreline became 3–0. After the tournament, Robinho was awarded the Golden Boot in addition to being named the best player in the tournament. again 6–1. The semi-final was against
2009 FIFA Confederations Cup-
The Brazilian team won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. Although they started with a shaky 4–3 victory over Egypt scoring a last minute penalty, having led 3–1 at half-time only for Egypt to pull level with two quick goals at the start of the second half. Egypt is also credited as the only African team to score three goals against Brazil. Brazil comfortably beat the USA, as well as Italy, both with a 3–0 scoreline. After beating South Africa in the semi-final with a late free kick, they went on to a rematch against USA in the final which they won 3–2, after coming in 2–0 down at half-time, to seal their third Confederations Cup Kaká was named as the player of the tournament and Luís Fabiano won the top goalscorer award with five goals in five matches. title.
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification-
After a 3–1 victory over Argentina in Rosario, on September 5, 2009, Brazil qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Brazil topped the CONMEBOL qualification with 9 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses. The 2 losses came during the away match to Bolivia and Paraguay. Brazil also went undefeated at home during the qualification.
2010 FIFA World Cup-
On December 4, Brazil was drawn into Group G, dubbed as the Group of Death. The Seleção played their first match against Korea DPR on June 15, 2010 and won 2–1. On June 20, Brazil played their second match against Côte d'Ivoire and won 3–1, qualifying for the next round. Their last match against Portugal ended in a 0–0 draw. They faced Chile in the Round of Last 16. Juan, Luís Fabiano and Robinho scored the three goals goals to give Brazil a 3–0 win. In the quarterfinals they lost to the Netherlands 2–1 despite gaining an early lead. It was Brazil's first ever World Cup loss outside the European continent since the home defeat in the 1950 final, first in 42 matches.
After the 2010 World Cup (2010–):
On July 24, 2010, Mano Menezes was named as the new Brazil coach, replacing Dunga, whose contract was not renewed following Brazil's World Cup campaign.
On July 26, 2010, Menezes announced his first 24 man squad, including 10 debutants. Only four players from the 2010 FIFA World Cup team were named in the squad (Robinho, Daniel Alves, Ramires and Thiago Silva.) Players included in that squad but left out of the 23-man in the World Cup include Alexandre Pato of A.C. Milan, Lucas Leiva of Liverpool F.C., Marcelo of Real Madrid C.F. amongst others.
On August 10th, 2010, a rejuvenated Brazil team faced the United States and won 2-0. With RobinhoNeymar scored his first goal in his first cap for the national team, and also won the man of the match award. Alexandre Pato also scored a brilliant goal on a one-on-one confrontation with Tim Howard. David Luiz also impressed on his debut, although getting the only yellow card of the evening. The team overall played an attacking game that manager Mano Menezes is looking for. Brazil also have very high hopes for the 2014 World Cup at home. On October 7 2010, Brazil faced Iran at Abu Dhabi Stadium. After 14 minutes a majestic free kick from Daniel Alves gave them the lead. In the 69th minute, Alexandre Pato doubled the lead and in the stoppage time Nilmar made it three. Giuliano also made debut in that game. On October 11 Brazil faced Ukraine in a friendly at Derby. Goals from Dani Alves and Pato helped them to a 2-0 victory. They continued their unbeaten run under Menezes. captaining the team for the evening and supplying some beautiful passes. Wonderkid
Brazil have never failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, and with 5 titles, have won the cup more than any other team.
A gold background colour indicates that Brazil won the tournament. A red border colour indicates that the tournament was/will be hosted in Brazil.
|FIFA World Cup record-|
|1990||Round of 16||9th||4||3||0||1||4||2|
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
The following 23 players were called up for the friendly match against Argentina on November 17 in Doha, Qatar.
Caps and goals as of October 11, 2010, including the match against Ukraine.
|#||Name||Goals||Caps||First cap||Latest cap|
|1||Pelé||77||92||July 7, 1957||July 18, 1971|
|2||Ronaldo||62||97||March 23, 1994||July 1, 2006|
|3||Romário||55||70||May 23, 1987||April 27, 2005|
|4||Zico||52||72||February 25, 1976||June 21, 1986|
|5||Bebeto||39||75||April 28, 1985||July 12, 1998|
|6||Rivaldo||34||74||December 16, 1993||November 19, 2003|
|7||Jairzinho||33||81||June 7, 1964||March 3, 1982|
|8||Ademir||32||39||January 21, 1945||March 15, 1953|
|Tostão||32||54||May 15, 1966||July 9, 1972|
|Ronaldinho||32||87||June 26, 1999||April 1, 2009|
- FIFA World Cup:
- Winners (5): 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
- Runners-up (2): 1950, 1998
- 3rd place (2): 1938, 1978
- 4th place (1): 1974