Brazil national football team

(Little Canary)
A Seleção
(The Selection)
(Green and Yellow)
Samba Boys
(Five Time Champion)
AssociationConfederação Brasileira de Futebol
(Brazilian Football Confederation)ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)Head coachMano MenezesCaptainLúcioMost capsCafu (142)[1][2]Top scorerPelé (77)[2]FIFA codeBRAFIFA ranking6Highest FIFA ranking1 (1993–2007, 2009–10)Lowest FIFA ranking8 (August 1993)Elo ranking4Highest Elo ranking1 (1958–63, 1965–66, 1970–74 1978–79, 1981–83, 1986–87, 1990,1992,1994–00, 2002–10)Lowest Elo ranking18 (November 2001)Home coloursAway coloursFirst international Argentina 3–0 Brazil 
Buenos AiresArgentina; September 20, 1914)[3]Biggest win Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua 
(Mexico; October 17, 1975)[4]Biggest defeat Uruguay 6–0 Brazil 
Viña del MarChile; September 18, 1920)World CupAppearances19 (First in 1930)Best resultWinners, 19581962,
197019942002Copa AméricaAppearances32 (First in 1916)Best resultWinners, 19191922,
20042007CONCACAF Gold CupAppearances3 (First in 1996)Best result2nd place, 1996 and 2003Confederations CupAppearances6 (First in 1997)Best resultWinners, 199720052009

Early history (1914–1957)The first match of the Brazil national football team ever is generally believed to be a 1914 match between a Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo select team and the Englishclub Exeter City, held in Fluminense's stadium.[8][9] Brazil won 2–0 with goals by Oswaldo Gomes and Osman,[8][9][10] whilst others claim a 3–3 draw.[11][12] In contrast to its future success, the national team's early appearances were far from brilliant, partly due to an internal strife within Brazilian football associations over professionalism, which rendered the Brazilian Football Confederation unable to field full-strength teams.

Brazil's first match at home againstExeter City in 1914.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.[13][14] In both the 1930 and 1934 tournaments, Brazil were knocked out at the very first stage.[15][16] But 1938 was a sign of things to come, as Brazil ended up in third place, with Leonidas da Silvafinishing the tournament 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 this championship to date (excluding the upcoming 2014 tournament). The 1950 tournament was unique in not having one single final, but rather a final round-robin stage of four teams. However, for all intents and purposes, the deciding match between Brazil and Uruguay acted as that tournament's "final". The match was hosted at theMaracanã 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 up 1–0. This match has since been known in South America as the "Maracanazo". In Brazil it is called the "Final Fatídica" ("fateful final").[17]

For the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, the Brazilian team was then almost completely renovated, so as to forget the Maracanã defeat, but still had a group of good players, including Nílton SantosDjalma 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.[18]

The Golden Era and Pelé (1958–1970)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 uniforms and talking to the press outside of allocated times. They were the only team to bring a psychologist to the training camp (because the memories of 1950 still affected some players) or a dentist (for, because of their humble origins, many players had dental problems, which caused them infections and also had negative impact on performance), and had sent a representative to Europe to watch the qualifying matches a year before the tournament had begun.

Brazil national team at 1959 Copa AmericaBrazil 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: ZitoGarrincha, 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",[19] Vavá gave Brazil the lead. They won the match by 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 host Sweden, in the final by 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 midfield.

In the 1962 FIFA World Cup, Brazil earned its second title with Garrincha as the star player, a mantle and responsibility bestowed upon him after the 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 to the World Cup, 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 on the players and managing staff. The result was that, in 1966, Brazil had their worst performance in all World Cups. Another perhaps bigger issue was that Pelé, who possibly had been at the height of his career at this stage, was chopped off at seemingly every opportunity in the group matches.The 1966 tournament was remembered for its excessive physical play, and Pelé was one of the players affected by such play. After becoming the first player ever to score in three World Cups, with a direct free kick against Bulgaria, he had to rest, due to fatigue, for the match against Hungary, which Brazil lost. He then faced Portugal, and several violent tackles by the Portuguese defenders caused him to leave the match and the tournament. Brazil lost that match and were eliminated in the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1934. After the tournament, Pelé declared that he did not wish to play in the World Cup again.

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

Brazil’s results in 1970 were as follows:

Group 3: Brazil 4–1 Czechoslovakia Brazil 1–0 England Brazil 3–2 Romania

Quarter-final: Brazil 4–2 Peru Semi-final: Brazil 3–1 Uruguay Final: Brazil 4–1 Italy

Six games, six wins. Jairzinho was second top scorer with seven goals, Pele finished with four goals. Most importantly, Brazil lifted the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy for the third time [the first nation to do so], which meant they got to keep it. The dominance of the Brazil teams of 1958 to 1970 are the reason we have a different World Cup trophy today. However, it would be 24 years before Brazil got their hands on the new version.

The dry spell (1970–1994)After the international retirement of Pelé and other stars from the 1970 squad, the Brazil were not able to overcome NetherlandsTotal Football in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. The generation of 1974 could not defend their title, finishing in fourth place, after failing to achieve victory against a strong Polish side.[20]

The 1978 FIFA World Cup was notoriously controversial[citation needed]. In the second group stage, Brazil were competing with tournament host 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, controversially[citation needed], to defeat Peru by 6–0 and thus qualify for the final. The Brazilian team were forced to settle for the third place match, where they defeated Italy by 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 manager Telê would be much blamed by the Brazilian media for using an attacking system while a 2–2 draw was enough. The 1982 team, with players like SócratesZicoFalcão and Éder, is best remembered as one of the greatest teams never to win a World Cup.

Telê Santana and several players of 1982 returned to play in the 1986 World Cup hosted by Mexico. The players of 1986 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 the goal in their turn, and despite French captain Michel Platini sending his effort over the cross bar, Brazil nevertheless were eliminated 4–3.

In the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Brazil was coached by Sebastião Lazaroni, who was hardly known before the Cup. 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 Argentine 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 after a brilliant assist from Maradona.

More to come (1994–2002)1994 World CupBrazil, to the surprise of many, went 24 years without winning a World Cup or even participating in a final. Their struggles ended at the 1994 tournament in the United States, where a solid, if unspectacular side headed by the likes of RomárioBebetoDungaTaffarel, and Jorginho won the World Cup for a then-record 4th time. Highlights of their campaign included a 1–0 victory over the host 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.

1998 World CupBrazil finished runner-up in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After a very respectable campaign during which they beat Netherlands on penalties in the semi-final following a 1–1 draw with goals from Ronaldo and Patrick Kluivert, the team lost to host France 3–0 in a 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 an epileptic seizure a few hours before the match. Many criticized the decision to reinstate Ronaldo into the starting lineup as he put on a poor performance.

2002 World CupFuelled by the scintillating play of the "Three R's" (RonaldoRivaldoRonaldinho), Brazil won its fifth championship at the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. The groupings appeared at first glance to favor Brazilian team; their adversaries would be TurkeyChina and Costa Rica. In the end, a stronger than expected Turkey finished the tournament in third place. Brazil went on to beat 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 whileRivaldo jumped to his feet and continued playing. Rivaldo escaped suspension but was fined £5,180 for play-acting. He became the first player ever ,to be punished in FIFA's crackdown on "simulation" and "diving." They followed with a 4–0 win over China and a 5–2 win over Costa Rica.

Next, Brazil defeated Belgium 2–0, in the round-of-16. 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 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 in all five games 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. Incredibly, the teams had never played each other in the World Cup before, besides a match between Brazil and East Germany in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn had been the tournament's best keeper, but was not able to maintain his post unscathed in this match, as Ronaldo vanquished his France '98 demons by scoring both goals in the Brazilian 2–0 triumph.[21] Ronaldo also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament's leading scorer, though Kahn won the Golden Ball as the most outstanding player.

Parreira returns (2002–2006)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.[22] They also won another championship, the 2004 Copa América in which Brazil defeated Argentina in a penalty shootout.[23]

2006 World CupMain article: Brazil at the 2006 FIFA World CupBrazilian's coach Carlos Alberto Parreira presented a formation nicknamed "The Magic Square" by the Brazilian sport journalists, based in 4 offensive players: RonaldoAdrianoKaká, 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.[24]

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.

The Brazilian squad preparing for the World Cup in WeggisSwitzerland.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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] On September 5, they won over Wales by 2–0 at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane ground. They later defeated Kuwait club Al-Kuwaitby 4–0, Ecuador by 2–1, and had a 2–1 away win against Switzerland.

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.[29] 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.[30]

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 MilanBarcelonaReal 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 were dubbed as the '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 Portugalin 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.

2007 Copa AméricaBrazil participated in the 2007 Copa América which was hosted by Venezuela. They were placed in Group B with MexicoEcuador, 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 defeatedChile again 6–1. The semi-final was against Uruguay, 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.

2009 FIFA Confederations CupThe 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 thirdConfederations Cup title.[31] Kaká was named as the player of the tournament and Luís Fabiano won the top goalscorer award with five goals in five matches.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationAfter a 3–1 victory over Argentina in Rosario, on September 5, 2009, Brazil qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[32] 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 CupThe Brazilian and North Korean teams in 2010.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. JuanLuís Fabiano and Robinho scored the three goals to give Brazil a 3–0 win. In the quarterfinals they lost to the Netherlands 2–1 despite gaining an early lead.

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.[33]

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 (RobinhoDaniel AlvesRamires and Thiago Silva.) Players included in that squad but left out of the 23-man in the World Cup included Alexandre Pato of MilanLucas Leiva of LiverpoolGanso of Santos, and Sandro of Tottenham Hotspur. Menezes' first match was a 2–0 win over the United StatesNeymar scored on his debut for the national team, and also won the man of the match award.

2011 Copa AméricaAt the 2011 Copa América, Brazil was put in Group B with Venezuela, Paraguay, and Ecuador. In their first two games they drew with Venezuela and Paraguay. In their last game, Brazil beat Ecuador 4–2 to advance to the quarter-finals as well finishing first in their group. Eventually, Brazil lost in the penalty shootout against Paraguay and was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

After receiving much criticism from Brazil's failure at the Copa America, Mano Menezes decided to call up the likes of , MarceloHulk, and Ronaldinho which signals a return to the old Joga Bonito style.

OlympicsMain article: Brazil Olympic football teamThe 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 (19962008).[34] The Brazilian Olympic team is often coached by the current national team coach, such as Mario Zagallo in 1996 and Dunga in 2008.

NicknamesThe Brazilian national team has many nicknames and are known in different parts of the world by various nicknames. The most common one used to refer to them, especially in Brazil, is seleção, which literally means the selection. Brazilians call any national team from any country or sport a seleção and because of this it has become common for the national team to be referred to as the Seleção Brasileira or, more specifically in the case of the national football team, the Seleção Brasileira de Futebol.[35] Although the Brazilian media have popularized seleção, other nicknames for the squad in Brazil include Canarinho, meaning "Little Canary", a phrase that was popularized by the late cartoonist Fernando Pieruccetti during the 1950 World Cup.[36] Other names like Amarelinha, "Little Yellow One", Verde-amarelo, or "Green-Yellow", Pentacampeão, "Five-time Champions",[37] Esquadrão de Ouro (the Golden Squad), some latin american commentators often refer to the Brazil National team El Scratch (The Scratch),[38] among others.

VenuesBrazil does not have a home national stadium like many other national teams and as such rotate their home World Cup qualifying matches through various venues: the Estádio do Maracanã or Estádio Olímpico João Havelange in Rio de Janeiro, the Estádio do Morumbi or Estádio do Pacaembu in São Paulo, the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, the Estádio Mané Garrincha in the capital Brasília and the Estádio Beira-Rio inPorto Alegre. Some smaller provincial stadia were used in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Since September 2006, Brazil have played many international friendlies at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London. After their initial 3–0 win over Argentina drew a near sell-out attendance and was screened live onBBC Two, Brazil have returned to the ground regularly, facing WalesPortugalSwedenItalyRepublic of Ireland and most recently against Scotland.

Uniform evolutionBrazil's first team colours were white with blue collars, but following defeat in the Maracanã at the 1950 World Cup, the colours were criticised for lacking patriotism. With permission from the Brazilian Sports Confederation, the newspaper Correio da Manhã held a competition to design a kit incorporating the four colours of the Brazilian flag.[39] The winning design was a yellow jersey with green trim and blue shorts with white trim drawn by Aldyr Garcia Schlee, a nineteen year old from Pelotas.[40] The new colours were first used in March 1954 in a match against Chile, and have been used ever since.

The use of blue as the away kit colour dates from the 30s, but it became the permanent second choice accidentally in the 1958 World Cup final. Brazil's opponents were Sweden, who also wear yellow, and a draw gave to the home team Sweden the right to play in yellow. Brazil, who travelled with no spare kit, hurriedly purchased a set of blue shirts and sewed on emblems cut from their yellow shirts.[41]

1914–19171917191719171918–19191919–19381938–1948 (away)1945–19491949–19531953–present1958 (away)1962–2009 (away)2010 (away)Competitive recordMain article: Brazil national football team competitive recordBrazil have never failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, and, with 5 titles, have won the cup on more occasions than any other nation.

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup qualification recordYearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGAPldWDLGFGA 1930Group stage6th210152–––––– 1934First round14th100113–––––– 1938Third place3rd53111411–––––– 1950Runners-up2nd6411226–––––– 1954Quarter-final5th311185440081 1958Champions1st6510164211021 1962Champions1st6510145–––––– 1966Group stage11th310246–––––– 1970Champions1st66001976600232 1974Fourth place4th732264–––––– 1978Third place3rd74301036420171 1982Second group stage5th54011564400112 1986Quarter-final5th5410101422062 1990Round of 169th4301424310131 1994Champions1st75201138521204 1998Runners-up2nd74121410––––––  2002Champions1st7700184189363117 2006Quarter-final5th5401102189723517 2010Quarter-final6th531194189723311 2014Qualified as host––––––Total5 Titles20/2097671515210889054251119059*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.Results and fixturesThe following are Brazil's results and fixtures since Mano Menezes took over on July 2010, after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[42]

      Win       Draw       Loss

DrawGoalscorer(s)CaptainCompetition20101August 10, 2010New JerseyUSA United States2–0WNeymarAlexandre PatoRobinhoFriendlySeptember 7, 2010BarcelonaSpain Barcelona B3–0WLucas LeivaAlexandre PatoFernandinhoRobinhoUnofficial friendly2October 7, 2010Abu DhabiUAE Iran3–0WDaniel AlvesAlexandre PatoNilmarRobinhoFriendly3October 11, 2010DerbyEngland Ukraine2–0WDaniel AlvesAlexandre PatoRobinhoFriendly4November 17, 2010DohaQatar Argentina0–1LRobinhoFriendly20115February 9, 2011Saint-DenisFrance France0–1LRobinhoFriendly6March 27, 2011LondonEngland Scotland2–0WNeymar (2)LúcioFriendly7June 4, 2011GoiâniaBrazil Netherlands0–0DLúcioFriendly8June 7, 2011São PauloBrazil Romania1–0WFredLúcioFriendly9July 3, 2011La PlataArgentina Venezuela0–0DLúcio2011 Copa América10July 9, 2011CórdobaArgentina Paraguay2–2DJádson , FredLúcio2011 Copa América11July 13, 2011CórdobaArgentina Ecuador4–2WAlexandre Pato (2) , Neymar (2)Lúcio2011 Copa América12July 17, 2011La PlataArgentina Paraguay0–0
(0–2 pen.)DLúcio2011 Copa América13August 10, 2011StuttgartGermany Germany2–3LRobinhoNeymarLúcioFriendly14September 5, 2011LondonEngland Ghana1–0WLeandro DamiãoLúcioFriendly15September 14, 2011CórdobaArgentina ArgentinaFriendly16September 28, 2011BelémBrazil ArgentinaFriendly17October 7, 2011San JoséCosta Rica Costa RicaFriendly18October 11, 2011TorreónMexico MexicoFriendly19November 11, 2011LibrevilleGabon GabonFriendlyPlayersCurrent squadThe following 24 players were called for the two friendly games against Argentina on September 14 and 28, 2011.[43] The squad consists of domestic-based players because the games are not scheduled on FIFA international match dates.[44]

Caps and goals as of September 5, 2011 including the match against Ghana.

#Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClubGKFábioSeptember 30, 1980 (age 30)00 CruzeiroGKJeffersonJuly 30, 1983 (age 28)00 BotafogoGKRafaelMay 20, 1990 (age 21)00 SantosDFKléberApril 1, 1980 (age 31)191 InternacionalDFRéverJanuary 4, 1985 (age 26)10 Atlético MineiroDFHenriqueOctober 14, 1986 (age 24)10 PalmeirasDFRhodolfoAugust 11, 1986 (age 25)00 São PauloDFBruno CortêsMarch 11, 1987 (age 24)00 BotafogoDFDedéJuly 1, 1988 (age 23)00 Vasco da GamaDFMário FernandesSeptember 19, 1990 (age 20)00 GrêmioDFDaniloJuly 15, 1991 (age 20)00 SantosMFLucas MouraAugust 13, 1992 (age 19)70 São PauloMFThiago NevesFebruary 27, 1985 (age 26)20 FlamengoMFRalfJune 9, 1984 (age 27)10 CorinthiansMFRenato AbreuJune 9, 1978 (age 33)00 FlamengoMFCíceroAugust 26, 1984 (age 27)00 São PauloMFPaulinhoJuly 25, 1988 (age 23)00 CorinthiansMFRômuloSeptember 19, 1990 (age 20)00 Vasco da GamaMFOscarSeptember 9, 1991 (age 20)00 InternacionalMFCasemiroFebruary 23, 1992 (age 19)00 São PauloFWRonaldinhoMarch 21, 1980 (age 31)8932 FlamengoFWFredOctober 3, 1983 (age 27)166 FluminenseFWNeymarFebruary 5, 1992 (age 19)116 SantosFWLeandro DamiãoJuly 22, 1989 (age 22)31 InternacionalRecent call-upsThe following players have been called up to the Brazil squad in the past 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of Birth (Age)CapsGoalsClubLatest Call-upGKJúlio CésarSeptember 3, 1979 (age 32)620 Internazionalev.  Ghana, September 5, 2011GKVictorJanuary 21, 1983 (age 28)50 Grêmiov.  Germany, August 10, 2011GKHeurelho GomesFebruary 15, 1981 (age 30)110 Tottenham Hotspurv.  France, February 9, 2011GKNetoJuly 19, 1989 (age 22)00 Fiorentinav.  France, February 9, 2011DFLúcioMay 8, 1978 (age 33)1054 Internazionalev.  Ghana, September 5, 2011DFDaniel AlvesMay 6, 1983 (age 28)515 Barcelonav.  Ghana, September 5, 2011DFThiago SilvaSeptember 22, 1984 (age 26)200 Milanv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011DFMarceloMay 12, 1988 (age 23)71 Real Madridv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011DFDavid LuizApril 22, 1987 (age 24)60 Chelseav.  Ghana, September 5, 2011DFAdriano CorreiaOctober 26, 1984 (age 26)100 Barcelonav.  Ghana, September 5, 2011INJDFMaiconJuly 26, 1981 (age 30)666 Internazionalev.  Germany, August 10, 2011DFAndré SantosMarch 8, 1983 (age 28)220 Arsenalv.  Germany, August 10, 2011DFLuisãoFebruary 13, 1981 (age 30)433 Benfica2011 Copa AméricaDFBrenoOctober 13, 1989 (age 21)00 Bayern Munichv.  France, February 9, 2011DFRafaelJuly 9, 1990 (age 21)00 Manchester Unitedv.  France, February 9, 2011DFAlexJune 17, 1982 (age 29)170 Chelseav.  Argentina, November 17, 2010DFMarianoJune 23, 1986 (age 25)00 Fluminensev.  Ukraine, October 11, 2010MFLucas LeivaJanuary 9, 1987 (age 24)170 Liverpoolv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011MFEliasMay 16, 1985 (age 26)90 Sporting CPv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011MFGansoOctober 12, 1989 (age 21)70 Santosv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011MFFernandinhoMay 4, 1985 (age 26)20 Shakhtar Donetskv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011MFLuiz GustavoJuly 23, 1987 (age 24)10 Bayern Munichv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011MFRamiresMarch 24, 1987 (age 24)272 Chelseav.  Germany, August 10, 2011MFRenato AugustoFebruary 8, 1988 (age 23)30 Bayer Leverkusenv.  Germany, August 10, 2011MFElanoJune 14, 1981 (age 30)509 Santos2011 Copa AméricaMFSandroMarch 15, 1989 (age 22)70 Tottenham Hotspur2011 Copa AméricaMFJádsonOctober 22, 1983 (age 27)41 Shakhtar Donetsk2011 Copa AméricaMFAndersonApril 13, 1988 (age 23)80 Manchester United2011 Copa América (preliminary squad)MFHenriqueMay 16, 1985 (age 26)00 Santos2011 Copa América (preliminary squad)MFHernanesMay 29, 1985 (age 26)30 Laziov.  France, February 9, 2011MFJucileiApril 6, 1988 (age 23)20 Anzhi Makhachkalav.  Argentina, November 17, 2010MFDouglasFebruary 18, 1982 (age 29)10 Grêmiov.  Argentina, November 17, 2010MFPhilippe CoutinhoJune 12, 1992 (age 19)10 Internazionalev.  Argentina, November 17, 2010MFCarlos EduardoJuly 18, 1987 (age 24)60 Rubin Kazanv.  Ukraine, October 11, 2010MFGiulianoMay 31, 1990 (age 21)20 Dnipro Dnipropetrovskv.  Ukraine, October 11, 2010MFWesleyJune 24, 1987 (age 24)20 Werder Bremenv.  Ukraine, October 11, 2010FWAlexandre PatoSeptember 2, 1989 (age 22)186 Milanv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011FWHulkJuly 25, 1986 (age 25)40 Portov.  Ghana, September 5, 2011FWRobinhoJanuary 25, 1984 (age 27)9026 Milanv.  Ghana, September 5, 2011INJFWJonasApril 1, 1984 (age 27)10 Valenciav.  Germany, August 10, 2011FWNilmarJuly 14, 1984 (age 27)249 Villarreal2011 Copa América (preliminary squad)FWAndréSeptember 27, 1990 (age 20)40 Atlético Mineirov.  France, February 9, 2011NotesINJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Most capped playersAs of September 5, 2011[2]Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.#NameCapsGoalsFirst capLatest cap1Cafu1425September 12, 1990July 1, 20062Roberto Carlos12511February 26, 1992July 1, 20063Lúcio1054November 15, 2000September 5, 20114Cláudio Taffarel1010July 7, 1988July 12, 19985Djalma Santos983April 10, 1952June 9, 1968Ronaldo9862March 23, 1994June 7, 20117Gilmar940March 1, 1953June 12, 19698Gilberto Silva933November 7, 2001July 2, 20109Pelé9277July 7, 1957July 18, 1971Rivelino9226November 16, 1965June 24, 197811Dunga916May 19, 1987July 12, 1998Dida910July 7, 1995July 1, 200613Robinho9026July 13, 2003August 10, 201114Ronaldinho8932June 26, 1999September 5, 201115Zé Roberto846August 12, 1995July 1, 200616Kaká8227January 31, 2002July 2, 201017Jairzinho8133June 7, 1964March 3, 1982Aldair813March 15, 1989June 28, 200019Émerson Leão800March 8, 1970April 30, 198620Juan797July 15, 2001July 2, 2010Top goalscorersAs of September 5, 2011[2]Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.#NameGoalsCapsFirst capLatest cap1Pelé7792July 7, 1957July 18, 19712Ronaldo6298March 23, 1994June 7, 20113Romário5570May 23, 1987April 27, 20054Zico5272February 25, 1976June 21, 19865Bebeto3975April 28, 1985July 12, 19986Rivaldo3474December 16, 1993November 19, 20037Jairzinho3381June 7, 1964March 3, 19828Ademir3239January 21, 1945March 15, 1953Tostão3254May 15, 1966July 9, 1972Ronaldinho3289June 26, 1999September 5, 201111Zizinho3053January 1, 1942April 3, 195712Careca2960March 21, 1982August 1, 199313Luís Fabiano2843June 11, 2003July 2, 201014Adriano2748November 15, 2000March 2, 2010Kaká2782January 31, 2002July 2, 201016Rivelino2692November 16, 1965June 24, 1978Robinho2690July 13, 2003August 10, 201118Jair2239March 5, 1940July 16, 1950Sócrates2260May 17, 1979June 21, 198620Leônidas2119December 4, 1932January 29, 1946Notable playersIFFHS Player of the CenturyBelow are the results of a poll by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) for the best Brazilian player of the 20th century.[45][46]

Player of the Century#NameCareerVotes1Pelé1957–19712202Garrincha1955–19661423Zico1971–1989514Zizinho1942–1957405Arthur Friedenreich1912–193521Tostão1966–1972217Didi1952–1962178Leônidas1932–1946139Nílton Santos1949–196212Ronaldo1994–20111211Romário1987–20051112Falcão1976–198610Rivelino1965–19781014Ademir da Guia1965–1974915Luís Pereira1973–1977716Carlos Alberto Torres1964–1977517Domingos da Guia1931–1946418Ademir1945–1953319Bebeto1985–19982Jairzinho1963–19822Goalkeeper of the Century#NameCareerVotes1Gilmar1953–1969472Émerson Leão1970–1986133Barbosa1949–1953114Manga1965–19474Brazilian Football Museum – Hall of FameThe following Brazilians players have been inducted into the Pacaembu Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame.[47]

Previous squadsWorld CupCopa AméricaConfederations CupGold CupOlympic GamesManagersWorld Cup winning coaches in bold.

  Current coaching staffHead coachMano MenezesAssistant coachSidnei Lobo2nd assistant coachRafael VieiraGoalkeeper coachFrancisco CersósimoFitness CoachCarlinhos NevesPhysiotherapistsOdir de SouzaHonoursBrazil is the most successful team in World Cup history.Senior teamOfficial titlesFriendly titles
  • Copa Roca:
    • Winners (8): 1914, 1922, 1945, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1971, 1976[48]
Olympic teamSee alsoNotes
  1. ^ "Marcos Evangelista de Morais "CAFU" – Century of International Appearances"RSSSF. 2006-07-23. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  2. a b c d "Brazil – Record International Players"RSSSF. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  3. ^ "Argentina versus Brazil" Retrieved 2009-01-05.[dead link]
  4. ^ Napoleão, Antônio Carlos; Assaf, Roberto (2006). Seleção Brasileira 1914–2006. São Paulo: Mauad X. p. 72. ISBN 85-7478-186-X.
  5. ^ Together with France, Brazil are also the only team to have entered every World Cup and played at least in the qualifications (United States have also entered every World Cup, but once withdrew before the qualifications started).
  6. ^ "The birth of a revolution" 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2009-02-19.[dead link]
  7. ^
  8. a b Dart, Tom (2004-05-31). "Magic of Brazil comes to a corner of Devon". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  9. a b Bellos, Alex (2004-05-31). "Grecians paved way despite kick in teeth". London os: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  10. ^ Bellos, Alex (2002). Futebol: the Brazilian way of life. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 37. ISBN 0-7475-6179-6.
  11. ^ "Exeter fix dream date against Brazil". London: The Daily Telegraph. 2004-04-23. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  12. ^ Demetriou, Danielle (2004-05-31). "Brazil's past masters out-samba Exeter in 90-year rematch". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
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  14. ^ "Outra vez dividida, seleção repete fiasco" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  15. ^ "World Cup 1930". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
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  18. ^ "World Cup and U.S. soccer history: 1950–1970"USA Today. May 9, 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  19. ^ Garrincha 122.
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  22. ^ "Brazil 4–1 Argentina: Adriano stars"ESPNsoccernet. 2005-06-29. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  23. ^ "Brazil 2–2 Argentina: Shoot-out drama"ESPNsoccernet. 2004-07-26. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
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  25. ^ "Pelé culpa Ronaldinho e Parreira por eliminação precoce" (in Portuguese). Terra Esportes. 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2006-07-04.
  26. ^ "Dunga completa dois anos na seleção garantindo ser um desafio ganhar o ouro" (in Portuguese).Globo Esporte. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  27. ^ "Na estréia de Dunga, Brasil empata com Noruega" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 2006-08-16. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  28. ^ "Dunga fica surpreso com atuação do Brasil contra Argentina" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2006-09-03. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  29. ^ "Portugal impõe a Dunga sua primeira derrota à frente da seleção" (in Portuguese). Universo Online. 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  30. ^ "Seleção Brasileira embarca para Frankfurt" (in Portuguese). Terra. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  31. ^ "USA 2–3 Brazil"BBC Sport. 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  32. ^ "Brazil ensure qualification, Argentina in distress"ESPN. 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  33. ^ "Brazil name Dunga's replacement as they rebuild for the next World Cup"The GuardianPress Association (Guardian Media Group). 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  34. a b 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.
  35. ^ "Use of Seleção and Canarinho"FIFA. Archived from the original on 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2006-10-06.
  36. ^ "Fernando Pieruccetti creates the Canarinhos"Terra. Retrieved 2006-10-06.
  37. ^ "Reference to Pentacampeão"BBC Brasil. Retrieved 2006-10-06.
  38. ^ [" "Referance to the Scratch"]. Guilherme Soares.
  39. ^ Futebol, p64
  40. ^ Ibid
  41. ^ Futebol, p67
  42. ^ – Brazil: Fixtures and Results
  43. ^ Domestic squad named for Argentina ties
  44. ^ FIFA Calendar
  45. ^ "Brazil – Player of the Century"RSSSF. 2000-01-30. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  46. ^ "Brazil – Player of the Century"RSSSF. 2000-01-30. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  47. ^ "Anjos Barrocos" (in Portuguese). Museu do Futebol. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  48. ^ "Sala de Troféus da CBF" (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF). Retrieved 2009-01-05.