Brazil national football team

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Brazil
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Canarinho (Little Canary)
Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow)
Pentacampeões (The Five Time Champions)
Association Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Dunga
Asst coach Andrey Lopes
Captain Neymar
Most caps Cafu (142)[1][2]
Top scorer Pelé (77)[2]
FIFA code BRA
FIFA ranking 6 Steady (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 1 (151 times on 7 occasions[3])
Lowest FIFA ranking 22 (June 2013)
Elo ranking 3 Increase 1 [4]
Highest Elo ranking 1 (7,708 days on 38 occasions[5])
Lowest Elo ranking 18 (November 2001)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Argentina 3–0 Brazil 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 20 September 1914)[6]
Biggest win
 Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua 
(Mexico, 17 October 1975)[7]
Biggest defeat

 Uruguay 6–0 Brazil 
(Viña del Mar, Chile; 18 September 1920)

Brazil  1-7 Germany 
(Belo Horizonte, Brazil; 8 July 2014)
World Cup
Appearances 20 (all) (First in 1930)
Best result Champions, 1958, 1962,
1970, 1994 and 2002
Copa América
Appearances 33 (First in 1916)
Best result Champions, 1919, 1922,
1949, 1989, 1997, 1999,
2004 and 2007
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1996)
Best result Runners-up, 1996 and 2003
Confederations Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1997)
Best result Champions, 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013

The Brazil national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Brasileira) represents Brazil in international men's association football. Brazil is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) since 1923 and member of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) since 1916.

Brazil is the most successful national football team in the history of the FIFA World Cup, with five championships: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil also has the best overall performance in World Cup history in both proportional and absolute terms with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played, 119 goal difference, 227 points and only 17 losses.[9][10][11][12] Brazil is the only national team to have played in all FIFA World Cup editions without any absence nor need for playoffs.[13] The seleção is also the most successful team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with four titles: 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013, being the holder of the last title of the tournament. Brazil have won a total of 62 official international titles to professional and grassroots level selections, what constitutes an unparalleled world record.[14]

Brazil has the all-time highest average Football Elo Ranking in the world with 2013.3, and the third all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in the world, with 2153 in 1962, only behind the Hungarian Golden Team of 1954 and the Germany national football team of 2014. Many distinguished commentators consider the Brazil team of 1970 to be the greatest association football team ever, although some argue the case for other teams, such as the Brazil team of 1958 and 1962, with honorary mentions being held for the gifted 1982 side.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

Following the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the national team is ranked number 3 in the World Football Elo Ratings[24] and 6 in the FIFA World Ranking. Brazil is the only national team to have won the world cup on four different continents: once in Europe (1958 Sweden), once in South America (1962 Chile), twice in North America (1970 Mexico and 1994 United States) and once in Asia (2002 Korea/Japan). They also share with Spain a record of 35 consecutive official matches undefeated.[25][26][27]

History[edit]

Early history (1914–57)[edit]

The first Brazil national team ever, 1914.
Brazil's first match at home against Exeter City in 1914.

It is generally believed that the first game of the Brazilian national football team was a 1914 match between a Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo select team and the English club Exeter City, held in Fluminense's stadium.[28][29] Brazil won 2–0 with goals by Oswaldo Gomes and Osman,[28][29][30] though it is claimed that the match was a 3–3 draw.[31][32]

In contrast to its future success, the national team's early appearances were not brilliant. Other early matches played during that time include several friendly games against Argentina (being defeated 3-0), Chile (first in 1916) and Uruguay (first on July 12, 1916).[33]

In 1930, Brazil played in the first World Cup, held in Uruguay. The squad defeated Bolivia but lost to Yugoslavia, being eliminated from the competition.

Brazil first achieved international prominence when it hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup. The team went into the last game of the final round, against Uruguay at Estádio do Maracanã in Rio, needing only a draw to win the World Cup. However, Uruguay won the match and the Cup in a game known as "the Maracanzo." The match led to a period of national mourning.[34]

For the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, the Brazilian team was then almost completely renovated, with the team colours changed from all white to the yellow, blue and green of the national flag, to forget the Maracanazo, but still had a group of star players. Brazil reached the quarter-final, where they were beaten 4–2 by tournament favourites Hungary in one of the ugliest matches in football history, known as the Battle of Berne.[35]

The Golden Era with Pelé (1958–70)[edit]

The Brazil national team at the 1959 Copa América.

For the 1958 FIFA World Cup, Brazil were drawn in a group with England, the USSR and Austria. They beat Austria 3–0 in their first match, then drew 0–0 with England. Before the match, coach Vicente Feola made three substitutions that were crucial for Brazil to defeat the Soviets: Zito, Garrincha and Pelé. From the kick off, they kept up the pressure relentlessly, and after three minutes, which were later described as "the greatest three minutes in the history of football",[36] 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 then beat 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.

In the 1962 FIFA World Cup, Brazil earned its second title with Garrincha as the star player, a mantle and responsibility laid upon him after the regular talisman, Pelé, was injured during the second group match against Czechoslovakia and unable to play for the rest of the tournament.[37][38]

In the 1966 FIFA World Cup, Brazil had their worst performance in a World Cup. The 1966 tournament was remembered for its excessively physical play, and Pelé was one of the players most affected. Against Portugal, several violent tackles by the Portuguese defenders caused Pelé to leave the match and the tournament. Brazil lost this match and was 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. Nonetheless, he returned in 1970.

Brazil won its third World Cup in Mexico, with the 1970 FIFA World Cup. It fielded what has since then often been considered the best association football squad ever,[15][16][17][18][19] led by Pelé in his last World Cup finals, captain Carlos Alberto Torres, Jairzinho, Tostão, Gérson and Rivelino. They won all six of their games—against Czechoslovakia, England, and Romania during group play, and against Peru, Uruguay, and Italy in the knockout rounds. Jairzinho was the second top scorer with seven goals; Pelé finished with four goals. Brazil lifted the Jules Rimet trophy for the third time (the first nation to do so), which meant that they were allowed to keep it. A replacement was then commissioned, though it would be 24 years before Brazil won it.

The dry spell (1971–93)[edit]

The 1970 FIFA World Cup-winning Brazil team.

After the international retirement of Pelé and other stars from the 1970 squad, Brazil was not able to overcome the Netherlands' in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, finishing in fourth.[39]

In the second group stage of the 1978 FIFA World Cup, Brazil was 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 to the top of the group with a goal difference of +5. Argentina had had a goal difference of +2, but in its last group match, it defeated Peru by 6–0 and thus qualify for the final, in a match accused of ultimately-unproven match fixing. The Brazilian team settled for third place.

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 World Cup finals history, eliminated them from the tournament in the match that they refer to as "Sarriá's Disaster", referencing the stadium's name. The 1982 team, with players like Sócrates, Zico, Falcão and Éder, is remembered as one of the greatest teams never to win a World Cup.

Several players from 1982 returned to play in the 1986 World Cup. Brazil met France in the quarter-finals, in a classic of Total Football. The game played to a 1-1 draw in regulation time, and after a goalless extra time, it all came down to a penalty shoot-out. Brazil was eliminated 4–3.

In the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Brazil was coached by Sebastião Lazaroni. With a defensive scheme, whose main symbol was midfielder Dunga, and three full-backs, the team lacked creativity but made it to the second round. Brazil was eliminated by Argentina in the round of 16.

Return to winning ways (1994–2002)[edit]

Brazil went 24 years without winning a World Cup or even participating in a final. This included 16 years without even making the round of eight. Their struggles ended at the 1994 tournament, where a solid side headed by Romário, Bebeto, Dunga, Taffarel, and Jorginho won the World Cup for a then-record fourth time. Highlights of their campaign included a 1–0 victory over the host United States in the round of 16, and a sensational 3–2 win over the Netherlands in the quarter-finals (often cited as the game of the tournament)[citation needed]. This set up Brazil vs. Italy in the final. After a 0–0 draw, penalty kicks loomed, and Brazil was the champion once again.

Entering the 1998 FIFA World Cup as defending champions, Brazil finished runner-up. After a respectable campaign during which they beat the Netherlands on penalties in the semi-final following a 1–1 draw, the team lost to the host France 3–0 in the final game.

Brazilian national football airplane in 2002.

Fuelled by 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. Brazil beat all three opponents in group play and topped 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. Rivaldo escaped suspension but was fined £5,180 for play-acting, and became the first player ever to be punished in FIFA's crackdown on diving. Brazil defeated Belgium 2–0, in the round of 16. Against England in the quarter-finals, it won 2–1. The semi-final was against Turkey. Brazil won 1–0. The final was between Germany and Brazil. Ronaldo scored two goals in the Brazilian 2–0 triumph.[40] Ronaldo also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament's leading scorer.

World Cup drought (2006–2010)[edit]

Brazil against Japan at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Dortmund, Germany.

Brazil won the 2004 Copa América.[41] Brazil won the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup for the second time.[42]

Manager Carlos Alberto Parreira built his side through a 4-2-2-2 formation. Nicknamed the "Magic Square", the attack was built around four players: Ronaldo, Adriano, Kaká, and Ronaldinho. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Brazil won its first two games against Croatia (1–0) and Australia (2–0). In the final group game against Japan, Brazil won 4-1 against Japan. Ronaldo scored twice and equalled the record for the most goals scored across all World Cups. In the round of 16, Brazil beat Ghana 3–0. Ronaldo's goal was his 15th in World Cup history, breaking the record. Brazil was eliminated in the quarter-finals against France, losing 1–0.

Dunga was hired as Brazil's new team manager in 2006.[43] Brazil won in 2007 Copa América, and Robinho was awarded the Golden Boot and named the best player in the tournament. Brazil won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup to seal their third Confederations Cup title.[44] Kaká was named as the player of the tournament and Luís Fabiano won the top goalscorer award.

Brazil and Chile in 2010.

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Brazil won their first match against North Korea 2–1. They won their second game against Ivory Coast 3–1. Their last match against Portugal ended in a 0–0 draw. They faced Chile in the round of 16, and gained a 3–0 win. In the quarter-final, they lost to the Netherlands 2–1.

In July 2010, Mano Menezes was named as the new Brazil coach.[45] At the 2011 Copa América, Brazil lost against Paraguay and was eliminated in the quarter-finals. On 4 July 2012, due to a lack of competitive matches, as the team automatically qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil was ranked 11th in the FIFA ranking, the first time the Seleção was ruled out the top ten since the ranking was created in 1993.[46]

Return of Luiz Felipe Scolari (2013–14)[edit]

In November 2012, coach Mano Menezes was sacked, and Luiz Felipe Scolari was appointed as Brazil's new manager.[47][48]

Brazil won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with 5 wins in 5 matches.

On 6 June 2013, Brazil was ranked 22nd in the FIFA ranking, their worst rank ever.[49] Brazil entered the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with the objective of defending their title. In the final, Brazil faced Spain.[50] Brazil won 3–0, sealing their fourth Confederations Cup title.[51][52] Neymar was named player of the tournament and received the Golden Ball Award, and Júlio César won the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament.[53]

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Brazil was drawn into Group A of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. In the opening match of the tournament, Marcelo gave the Croatians a lead with an own goal. However, two goals from Neymar and one from Oscar turned the game around to get the Seleção off to a winning start in their first World Cup on home soil in 64 years.[54] The team then drew 0–0 with Mexico, as Guillermo Ochoa produced a man of the match performance in the Mexican goal.[55] Brazil confirmed qualification to the knockout stage by defeating Cameroon 4–1 – with Neymar again scoring twice, and Fred and Fernandinho providing further goals.[56]

Brazil faced Chile in the round of 16, taking an 18th minute lead through David Luiz's first goal for the Seleção. With no further scoring after Alexis Sánchez's equaliser, the match went to a penalty shootout. Brazil prevailed 3–2, with Neymar, Luiz and Marcelo converting their kicks, and goalkeeper Júlio César saving from Chileans Alexis and Mauricio Pinilla.[57] The team again faced South American opposition in the quarter-final, defeating Colombia 2–1 with goals from central defenders David Luiz and the team captain Thiago Silva. Late in the match, Neymar was substituted on a stretcher after Juan Camilo Zúñiga's knee had made contact with the forward's back. Neymar was taken to hospital and later diagnosed with a fractured vertebra, which ruled him out for the remainder of the tournament.[58] Prior to this, Neymar had scored four goals, provided one assist, and been named man of the match twice. Brazil faced further problems ahead of their semi-final against Germany, as Thiago Silva was to serve a one-match suspension for receiving his second yellow card of the tournament in the quarter-final.[59] The Seleção went on to lose 1-7 to the Germans – their biggest ever defeat at the World Cup and first home loss in a competitive match since 1975.[60] Towards the end of the match, the home crowd began to "olé" each pass from the German team, and booed their own players off the pitch after the final whistle.[61] The match has been nicknamed the Mineirazo, making reference to the nation's previous World Cup defeat on home soil, the Maracanazo against Uruguay in 1950, and the Estádio do Mineirão where the match took place.[62]

Brazil finished the World Cup in fourth place, having failed to avenge their semi final defeat to Germany by losing to the Netherlands 0–3 in the third-place match. The team ended the tournament with the worst defensive record of the 32 competing nations, having conceded 14 goals.[63] The only other countries to concede 12 or more goals in the current World Cup format are North Korea and Saudi Arabia.[64] Following these results, Scolari announced his resignation.[65]

Return of Dunga (2014–)[edit]

On 22 July 2014, Dunga was announced as the new manager of Brazil, returning to the position for the first time since the team's exit in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[66]

Dunga's first match in his second reign as Brazil's manager was a friendly match against 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on 5 September 2014, with Brazil winning the match 1–0, with a Neymar free-kick in the 83rd minute of the match.[67] He followed this up with wins against Ecuador (1–0),[68] in the 2014 Superclásico de las Américas against Argentina (2–0),[69] against Japan (4–0),[70] and against Turkey (0-4). Dunga continued by defeating Austria in another friendly, won by (1-2).

Olympics[edit]

The Olympic football tournament is the only international competition in football organized by FIFA that Brazil has never won, although they have won three silver medals (1984, 1988 and 2012) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008).[71] The Brazilian Olympic team is often coached by the national team coach, such as Mário Zagallo in 1996, Dunga in 2008 and Mano Menezes in 2012.

Nicknames[edit]

The Brazilian national team has many nicknames and are known in different parts of the world by various nicknames. Nicknames for the squad in Brazil include Canarinho, meaning "Little Canary", a phrase that was popularized by the late cartoonist Fernando "Mangabeira" Pieruccetti during the 1950 World Cup.[72] Other names like Amarelinha, "Little Yellow One", Verde-amarelo, or "Green-Yellow", Pentacampeão, "Five-time Champions",[73] Esquadrão de Ouro (the Golden Squad), some Latin American commentators often refer to the Brazil National team El Scratch (The Scratch),[74] among others.

Venues[edit]

Granja Comary complex is home of the national team.
The entrance of the training camp.

Brazil does not have a home national stadium like many other national teams, and rotate their home World Cup qualifying matches in various venues throughout the country. Since September 2006, Brazil have played many international friendlies at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London. Brazil also plays a number of international friendlies in the United States.

Brazil's training camp is the Granja Comary (CBF), located 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Rio de Janeiro.[75] Granja Comary was opened in 1987,[76] and underwent significant renovations in 2013 and 2014.

Competitive record[edit]

The following tables show Brazil's results at major tournaments. To see Brazil's results at minor tournaments, see Brazil national football team competitive record.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Brazil has qualified for every FIFA World Cup, never requiring a qualifying play-off. With five titles, they have won the tournament on more occasions than any other national team. Brazil is the only national team to have played in all FIFA World Cup editions without having any absence.

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Group Stage 6th 2 1 0 1 5 2
Italy 1934 Round 1 14th 1 0 0 1 1 3
France 1938 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 14 11
Brazil 1950 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 22 6 Qualified as hosts
Switzerland 1954 Quarter-Finals 5th 3 1 1 1 8 5 4 4 0 0 8 1
Sweden 1958 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 16 4 2 1 1 0 2 1
Chile 1962 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 14 5 Qualified as defending champions
England 1966 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 6 Qualified as defending champions
Mexico 1970 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 19 7 6 6 0 0 23 2
West Germany 1974 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2 2 6 4 Qualified as defending champions
Argentina 1978 Third Place 3rd 7 4 3 0 10 3 6 4 2 0 17 1
Spain 1982 Round 2 5th 5 4 0 1 15 6 4 4 0 0 11 2
Mexico 1986 Quarter-Finals 5th 5 4 1 0 10 1 4 2 2 0 6 2
Italy 1990 Round of 16 9th 4 3 0 1 4 2 4 3 1 0 13 1
United States 1994 Champions 1st 7 5 2 0 11 3 8 5 2 1 20 4
France 1998 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 1 2 14 10 Qualified as defending champions
South Korea Japan 2002 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 18 4 18 9 3 6 31 17
Germany 2006 Quarter-Finals 5th 5 4 0 1 10 2 18 9 7 2 35 17
South Africa 2010 Quarter-Finals 6th 5 3 1 1 9 4 18 9 7 2 33 11
Brazil 2014 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2 2 11 14 Qualified as hosts
Total 5 titles 20/20 104 70 17 17 221 102 92 56 25 11 199 59
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following are Brazil's results over the past 9 months, as well as Brazil's upcoming fixtures during the next 6 months.[77]

      Win       Draw       Loss

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the friendly matches against Turkey on November 12 and Austria, on November 18, 2014.[78]
Caps and goals as of November 18, 2014, after the match against Austria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Rafael Cabral (1990-05-20) May 20, 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Italy Napoli
12 1GK Diego Alves (1985-06-24) June 24, 1985 (age 29) 8 0 Spain Valencia
23 1GK Neto (1989-07-19) July 19, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Italy Fiorentina
2 2DF Danilo (1991-07-15) July 15, 1991 (age 23) 11 0 Portugal Porto
3 2DF Miranda (1984-09-07) September 7, 1984 (age 30) 13 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
4 2DF David Luiz (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 27) 47 3 France Paris Saint-Germain
6 2DF Filipe Luís (1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 (age 29) 10 0 England Chelsea
13 2DF Marquinhos (1994-05-14) May 14, 1994 (age 20) 4 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
14 2DF Thiago Silva (1984-09-22) September 22, 1984 (age 30) 52 3 France Paris Saint-Germain
15 2DF Alex Sandro (1991-01-26) January 26, 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Portugal Porto
16 2DF Mário Fernandes (1990-09-19) September 19, 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
5 3MF Fernandinho (1985-05-04) May 4, 1985 (age 29) 12 2 England Manchester City
8 3MF Casemiro (1992-02-23) February 23, 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Portugal Porto
11 3MF Oscar (1991-09-09) September 9, 1991 (age 23) 43 11 England Chelsea
17 3MF Luiz Gustavo (1987-07-23) July 23, 1987 (age 27) 30 1 Germany Wolfsburg
18 3MF Roberto Firmino (1991-10-02) October 2, 1991 (age 23) 2 1 Germany Hoffenheim
19 3MF Willian (1988-08-09) August 9, 1988 (age 26) 18 4 England Chelsea
20 3MF Anderson Talisca (1994-02-01) February 1, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Portugal Benfica
21 3MF Philippe Coutinho (1992-06-12) June 12, 1992 (age 22) 5 0 England Liverpool
22 3MF Fred (1993-03-05) March 5, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
7 4FW Douglas Costa (1990-09-14) September 14, 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
9 4FW Luiz Adriano (1987-04-12) April 12, 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
10 4FW Neymar (Captain) (1992-02-05) February 5, 1992 (age 22) 60 42 Spain Barcelona

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the Brazil squad in last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jefferson (1983-01-02) January 2, 1983 (age 31) 13 0 Brazil Botafogo v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
GK Marcelo Grohe (1987-01-13) January 13, 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Brazil Grêmio v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
GK Júlio César (1979-09-03) September 3, 1979 (age 35) 87 0 Portugal Benfica 2014 FIFA World Cup
GK Victor (1983-01-21) January 21, 1983 (age 31) 6 0 Brazil Atlético Mineiro 2014 FIFA World Cup
GK Diego Cavalieri (1982-12-01) December 1, 1982 (age 32) 3 0 Brazil Fluminense 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
DF Juan Jesus (1991-06-10) June 10, 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
DF Gil (1987-06-12) June 12, 1987 (age 27) 3 0 Brazil Corinthians v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
DF Dodô (1992-02-06) February 6, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
DF Marcelo (1988-05-12) May 12, 1988 (age 26) 37 4 Spain Real Madrid v.  Ecuador, September 9, 2014
DF Fabinho (1993-10-23) October 23, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 France Monaco v.  Ecuador, September 9, 2014
DF Maicon (1981-07-26) July 26, 1981 (age 33) 76 7 Italy Roma v.  Colombia, September 5, 2014 WD
DF Dani Alves (1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 (age 31) 79 6 Spain Barcelona 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Dante (1983-10-18) October 18, 1983 (age 31) 13 2 Germany Bayern Munich 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Maxwell RET (1981-08-27) August 27, 1981 (age 33) 10 0 France Paris Saint-Germain 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Henrique (1986-10-14) October 14, 1986 (age 28) 6 0 Italy Napoli 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Rafinha (1985-09-07) September 7, 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Germany Bayern Munich 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
MF Lucas Moura (1992-08-13) August 13, 1992 (age 22) 31 4 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  Turkey, November 12, 2014 INJ
MF Rômulo (1990-09-19) September 19, 1990 (age 24) 8 1 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Turkey, November 12, 2014 INJ
MF Kaká (1982-04-22) April 22, 1982 (age 32) 89 29 Brazil São Paulo v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
MF Elias (1985-05-16) May 16, 1985 (age 29) 17 0 Brazil Corinthians v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
MF Everton Ribeiro (1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 (age 25) 3 0 Brazil Cruzeiro v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
MF Souza (1989-02-11) February 11, 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Brazil São Paulo v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
MF Ramires (1987-03-24) March 24, 1987 (age 27) 51 4 England Chelsea v.  Argentina, October 11, 2014 INJ
MF Ricardo Goulart (1991-06-05) June 5, 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Brazil Cruzeiro v.  Argentina, October 11, 2014 INJ
MF Paulinho (1988-07-25) July 25, 1988 (age 26) 32 5 England Tottenham Hotspur 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Hernanes (1985-05-29) May 29, 1985 (age 29) 27 2 Italy Internazionale 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Bernard (1992-09-08) September 8, 1992 (age 22) 14 1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Lucas Leiva (1987-01-09) January 9, 1987 (age 27) 24 0 England Liverpool 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
FW Robinho (1984-01-25) January 25, 1984 (age 30) 95 27 Brazil Santos v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
FW Diego Tardelli (1985-05-10) May 10, 1985 (age 29) 9 2 Brazil Atlético Mineiro v.  Japan, October 14, 2014
FW Hulk (1986-07-25) July 25, 1986 (age 28) 41 9 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Colombia, September 5, 2014 INJ
FW Fred (1983-10-03) October 3, 1983 (age 31) 39 18 Brazil Fluminense 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW (1987-03-20) March 20, 1987 (age 27) 20 5 Free agent 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Alan Kardec (1989-01-12) January 12, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Brazil São Paulo 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • RET Retired from the national team
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

It was reported on 16 September 2014 that Fred came out of retirement, after previously announcing retirement following the criticism he received during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Most capped players[edit]

Cafu is the most capped player in the history of Brazil with 142 caps.
As of November 18, 2014[2]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name Caps Goals First cap Latest cap
1 Cafu 142 5 September 12, 1990 July 1, 2006
2 Roberto Carlos 125 11 February 26, 1992 July 1, 2006
3 Lúcio 105 4 November 15, 2000 September 5, 2011
4 Taffarel 104 0 July 7, 1988 July 12, 1998
5 Djalma Santos 98 3 April 10, 1952 June 9, 1968
Ronaldo 98 62 March 23, 1994 June 7, 2011
7 Ronaldinho 97 33 June 26, 1999 April 24, 2013
8 Robinho 95 27 July 13, 2003 October 14, 2014
9 Gilmar 94 0 March 1, 1953 June 12, 1969
10 Gilberto Silva 93 3 November 7, 2001 July 2, 2010

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pelé is the top scorer in the history of Brazil with 77 goals.
As of November 18, 2014[2]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name Goals Caps Average First cap Latest cap Position
1 Pelé 77 92 0.84 July 7, 1957 July 18, 1971 FW
2 Ronaldo 62 98 0.63 March 23, 1994 June 7, 2011 FW
3 Romário 55 70 0.79 May 23, 1987 April 27, 2005 FW
4 Zico 48 71 0.67 February 25, 1976 June 21, 1986 MF
5 Neymar 42 60 0.70 August 10, 2010 November 18, 2014 FW
6 Bebeto 39 75 0.52 April 28, 1985 July 12, 1998 FW
7 Rivaldo 35 74 0.46 December 16, 1993 November 19, 2003 MF
8 Jairzinho 33 81 0.40 June 7, 1964 March 3, 1982 MF
Ronaldinho 33 97 0.34 June 26, 1999 April 24, 2013 MF
10 Ademir 32 39 0.82 January 21, 1945 March 15, 1953 FW
Tostão 32 54 0.59 May 15, 1966 July 9, 1972 FW

Current managers[edit]

Head Coach Dunga
General Coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi

Titles[edit]

Senior team[edit]

Official titles[edit]

Friendly titles[edit]

Olympic team[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Marcos Evangelista de Morais "CAFU" – Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. July 23, 2006. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Brazil – Record International Players". RSSSF. November 7, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ September 23, 1993 until November 19, 1993, April 19, 1994 until June 14, 1994, July 21, 1994 until May 16, 2001, July 3, 2002 until February 14, 2007, July 18, 2007 until September 19, 2007, July 1, 2009 until November 20, 2009, April 28, 2010 until July 14, 2010
  4. ^ http://www.eloratings.net/
  5. ^ 1958–63, 1965–66, 1970–74, 1978–79, 1981–83, 1986–87, 1990, 1992, 1994–00, 2002–10
  6. ^ "Argentina versus Brazil". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved January 5, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Brazil matches, ratings and points exchanged". Eloratings.net. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  8. ^ After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  9. ^ "Soccer World Cup All-Time Standings". Thesoccerworldcups.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  10. ^ "All-time table of the FIFA World Cup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. 2014-07-13. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  11. ^ "FIFA World Cup™ - All-time rankings". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  12. ^ "World Cup » All-time league table". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  13. ^ "Brazil at the FIFA World Cup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  14. ^ In Portuguese, please use a translator - http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anexo:Lista_de_t%C3%ADtulos_das_sele%C3%A7%C3%B5es_sul-americanas_de_futebol_masculino#Sele.C3.A7.C3.A3o_Brasileira_de_Futebol
  15. ^ a b "Beckenbauer diz que Brasil de 1970 foi melhor seleção de todos os tempos". Beckenbauer diz que Brasil de 1970 foi melhor seleção de todos os tempos. Gazeta do Povo. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Soccer great Zico: Brazil '58 best team ever". Zico (CNN). July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Pitt-Brooke, Jack (July 3, 2012). "The greatest team of all time: Brazil 1970 v Spain 2012". The Independent (London: The Independent). Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Spain vs. Italy: Euro 2012 Final Not Enough to Crown Spain Best Ever". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Metcalfe, Nick. "THE LIST: The 10 greatest football teams of all time". Mail Online (London: Daily Mail (UK)). Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
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  25. ^ In Portuguese, please use a translator - http://www.publico.pt/noticia/brasil-tem-como-recorde-45-jogos-consecutivos-sem-perder-segundo-a-cbf-1387806
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  27. ^ In Portuguese, please use a translator - http://globoesporte.globo.com/platb/memoriaec/2009/06/24/eua-impedem-espanha-de-bater-recorde-de-invencibilidade
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  29. ^ a b Bellos, Alex (May 31, 2004). "Grecians paved way despite kick in teeth". The Guardian (London os). Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  30. ^ Bellos, Alex (2002). Futebol: the Brazilian way of life. London: Bloomsbury. p. 37. ISBN 0-7475-6179-6. 
  31. ^ "Exeter fix dream date against Brazil". London: The Daily Telegraph. April 23, 2004. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
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  33. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1914-1922 at RSSSF
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  36. ^ Garrincha 122.
  37. ^ "FIFA Classic Player". FIFA.com. October 23, 1940. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  38. ^ "PELE – International Football Hall of Fame". Ifhof.com. October 23, 1940. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
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  40. ^ "Brazil crowned world champions". BBC Sport. June 30, 2002. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  41. ^ "Brazil 2–2 Argentina: Shoot-out drama". ESPNsoccernet. July 26, 2004. Retrieved January 5, 2009. 
  42. ^ "Brazil 4–1 Argentina: Adriano stars". ESPNsoccernet. June 29, 2005. Retrieved January 5, 2009. 
  43. ^ "Dunga completa dois anos na seleção garantindo ser um desafio ganhar o ouro" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. July 24, 2009. Retrieved January 5, 2009. 
  44. ^ Dawkes, Phil (June 28, 2009). "USA 2–3 Brazil". BBC Sport. Retrieved June 28, 2009. 
  45. ^ "Brazil name Dunga's replacement as they rebuild for the next World Cup". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Press Association. July 24, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
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  47. ^ "Mano Menezes sacked as Brazil coach". Goal.com. November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  48. ^ "Felipão é o novo técnico da Seleção, e Andrés deixa cargo na CBF" (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  49. ^ "Netherlands go fifth in Fifa ranking". Goal.com. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  50. ^ "Brazil-Spain: a showdown 27 years in the making". Marca. June 28, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  51. ^ "Fred and Neymar claim Confeds for Brazil". FIFA.com. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  52. ^ "Brazil defeats Spain to win Confederations Cup". CBC. June 30, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  53. ^ "Neymar breaks through for top award". FIFA.com. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  54. ^ "Brazil 3-1 Croatia". BBC Sport. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  55. ^ "Brazil 0–0 Mexico". FIFA.com. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  56. ^ "Cameroon 1-4 Brazil". BBC. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  57. ^ Ornstein, David (28 June 2014). "Brazil 1-1 Chile". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  58. ^ "Neymar: Injured Brazil forward ruled out of World Cup". BBC Sport. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  59. ^ "World Cup 2014: Brazil fail to have Thiago Silva booking rescinded". BBC Sport. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  60. ^ "The greatest half hour in World Cup history?". Eurosport. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  61. ^ "Brazil 1-7 Germany: World Cup 2014 semi-final – as it happened". The Guardian. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  62. ^ "Maracanazo foi trágico, 'Minerazo', a maior vergonha do Brasil". ESPN. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  63. ^ "Brazil 0-3 Netherlands". BBC. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  64. ^ "Netherlands ensure miserable end for hosts". ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
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  66. ^ "Dunga sends Brazil back to the future". Goal.com. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  67. ^ "Brazil 1–0 Colombia". BBC Sports. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  68. ^ "Brazil 1–0 Ecuador". BBC Sports. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
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  70. ^ "Japan 0–4 Brazil". BBC Sports. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  71. ^ 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.
  72. ^ "Fernando Pieruccetti creates the Canarinhos". Terra. Retrieved October 6, 2006. 
  73. ^ "Reference to Pentacampeão". BBC Brasil. Retrieved October 6, 2006. 
  74. ^ "Reference to the Scratch". Guilherme Soares. 
  75. ^ Brazil's national team begins preparations for World Cup (English)
  76. ^ Granja Comary reopened (English)
  77. ^ FIFA.com – Brazil: Fixtures and Results
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  79. ^ "Sala de Troféus da CBF" (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF). Retrieved January 5, 2009. 

References[edit]

  • Ruy Castro, Andrew Downie (translator) (2005). Garrincha – The triumph and tragedy of Brazil's forgotten footballing hero. Yellow Jersey Press, London. ISBN 0-224-06433-9. 

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