Brazil national football team
|Nickname(s)||Canarinho (Little Canary)
A Seleção (The Selection)
Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow)
Pentacampeões (The Five Time Champions)
|Association||Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Luiz Felipe Scolari|
|Most caps||Cafu (142)|
|Top scorer||Pelé (77)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||1 (151 times on 7 occasions)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||22 (June 2013)|
|Elo ranking||1 1|
|Highest Elo ranking||1 (7,708 days on 38 occasions)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||18 (November 2001)|
| Argentina 3–0 Brazil
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; September 20, 1914)
| Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua
(Estadio Azteca, Mexico; October 17, 1975)
| Uruguay 6–0 Brazil
(Viña del Mar, Chile; September 18, 1920)
|Appearances||20 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||Winners : 1958, 1962,
1970, 1994 and 2002
|Appearances||33 (First in 1916)|
|Best result||Winners : 1919, 1922,
1949, 1989, 1997, 1999,
2004 and 2007
|Copa Roca / Superclásico de las Américas|
|Appearances||13 (First in 1914)|
|Best result||Winners : 1914, 1922, 1945, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1971, 1976, 2011 and 2012|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||3 (First in 1996)|
|Best result||Runners-up : 1996 and 2003|
|Appearances||7 (First in 1997)|
|Best result||Winners : 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013|
|Gold||1994 United States||Team|
|Gold||2002 South Korea and Japan||Team|
|Gold||1997 Saudi Arabia||Team|
|Gold||2009 South Africa||Team|
The Brazil national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Brasileira) represents Brazil in international men's 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. They are also the most successful team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with four titles. Brazil are the current holders of the FIFA Confederations Cup after winning the 1997, 2005, 2009, and 2013 edition of the tournament. Brazil is the only national team to have played in every World Cup.
Brazil national football team has the all-time highest average Football Elo Ranking in the world with 2010.8, and the second all-time highest Football Elo Ranking in the world, with 2153 in 1962, just behind the Hungarian Golden Team of 1954. Its achievements have led CONMEBOL to consider it as the most glorious and successful of all national teams from South America and the World. The national team are currently ranked number 1 in the World Football Elo Ratings and 9 in the FIFA World Ranking.
Brazil is the only team to have won the world cup in 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. A common quip about football is: "Os ingleses o inventaram, os brasileiros o aperfeiçoaram" ("The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it").
Brazil are the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and therefore automatically qualified for the tournament.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early history (1914–1957)
- 1.2 The Golden Era with Pelé (1958–1970)
- 1.3 The dry spell (1970–1994)
- 1.4 More to come (1994–2002)
- 1.5 Parreira returns (2002–2006)
- 1.6 Dunga period (2006–2010)
- 1.7 After the 2010 World Cup (2010–2012)
- 1.8 Return of Luiz Felipe Scolari
- 2 Olympics
- 3 Nicknames
- 4 Venues
- 5 Kit evolution
- 6 Competitive record
- 7 Results and fixtures
- 8 Players
- 9 Managers
- 10 Titles
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Early history (1914–1957)
It is generally believed that the first game of the Brazil national football team to be played 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. Brazil won 2–0 with goals by Oswaldo Gomes and Osman, whilst others claim a 3–3 draw. 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.
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 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 with Pelé (1958–1970)
Brazil's head, 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 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 to 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 greatest footballer of all time, 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", 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 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.
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, captain Carlos Alberto Torres, Jairzinho, Tostão, Gérson and Rivelino. After winning the Jules Rimet Trophy for the third time, Brazil was allowed to keep it for good.
Brazil's results in 1970 were as follows:
|Brazil 4–1 Czechoslovakia|
|Brazil 1–0 England|
|Brazil 3–2 Romania|
|Brazil 4–2 Peru|
|Brazil 3–1 Uruguay|
|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, Brazil were not able to overcome Netherlands' Total 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.
The 1978 FIFA World Cup notoriously controversial. 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, 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 "Sarriá's 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 Sócrates, Zico, Falcão 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 Cup
Brazil, 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 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 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 Cup
Entering the tournament as defending champions, Brazil 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 another reason that had been given for Brazil's poor performance was lack of preparation. Brazil had not played in the playoffs and the selection of the 22 players who were going to France was made based on friendly matches without real competition. In addition, the injury to Romario, Ronaldo's preferred starting partner, prior to the tournament may have also played a factor.
2002 World Cup
Fuelled by the "Three R's" (Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho), Brazil won its fifth championship at the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. This happened despite a rather shaky qualifying tournament which saw the national team drop to its lowest-ever FIFA ranking, and only secure automatic qualification in the final round of group matches, largely in part due to Paraguay and Uruguay both failing to win their own final matches.
The groupings appeared at first glance to favor the Brazilian team; their adversaries would be Turkey, China 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 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 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 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. 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. They also won another championship, the 2004 Copa América in which Brazil defeated Argentina in a penalty shootout.
2006 World Cup
Manager Carlos Alberto Parreira built his side through a 4-2-2-2 formation, nicknamed "The Magic Square" by the Brazilian sport journalists, the 'square' was built around four extremely talented attacking players: Ronaldo, Adriano, Kaká, and Ronaldinho.
During the build up to the tournament, star striker Ronaldo was suffering with several issues, most notably his fitness. After a 2 month injury layoff earlier in the season, the Real Madrid forward had gained a noticeable amount of weight, and was not as sharp and quick as the Ronaldo of the last decade. He also suffered from blisters on his feet and a fever during training.
Despite winning the first 2 games against Croatia (1–0) and Australia (2–0), the "Magic Square" did not show anything close to the flair and imagination that it had promised. Despite the reputation of the four attacking players, Brazil were struggling to break down their opponents and create chances, and only two of the forwards had found themselves on the scoresheet, Kaka & Adriano. In the final group game against Japan, Parreira made several changes, dropping several experienced players and bringing in relative youngsters, including Robinho, and Cicinho, and dropped the 'Magic Square' in favour of a more balanced formation. The changes were successful, as Brazil strolled to a comfortable 4–1 win against Japan, Ronaldo seemed to be finding his fitness and form, scoring twice and equaling the record for most goals scored in the World Cup.
In the last 16, Brazil beat Ghana 3–0, with the 'Magic Square' restored, Ronaldo and Adriano both found themselves on the scoresheet. Ronaldo's goal was his 15th in World Cup history, a record that to this day remains intact, and is unlikely to be broken. However, despite Ronaldo's landmark and the comfortable scoreline, it was another unconvincing performance. Despite Perreira reverting once again to a more balanced formation, with Ronaldo the lone striker, supported by Kaka and Ronaldinho, Brazil were eliminated in the quarter finals against France, losing 1-0 to a Thierry Henry goal in the second half. Led by a rejuvenated Zinédine Zidane and safeguarded by a resolute defence, France were barely threatened by Brazil, despite Ronaldo's best efforts, the strikers 2nd half effort was the only shot on target that Brazil managed. 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 their early elimination, the defeated world champions were harshly criticized by the press and the fans. The media circulated images of the left wingback Roberto Carlos tying his shoes while Thierry Henry ran unmarked to score the winning goal. Pelé blamed Parreira and the under performing 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 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-Kuwait by 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. Respectively on March 24 and 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 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 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.
2007 Copa América
Brazil participated in the 2007 Copa América 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 Chile 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 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 had a massive comeback and won 3–2, after coming in 2–0 down at half-time, to seal their third Confederations Cup title. 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 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 North Korea on June 15, 2010 and won 2–1. On June 20, Brazil played their second game against Ivory Coast 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 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 (2010–2012)
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 included Alexandre Pato of Milan, Lucas Leiva of Liverpool, Ganso of Santos, and Sandro of Tottenham Hotspur. Menezes' first match was a 2–0 win over the United States. Neymar scored on his debut for the national team, and also won the man of the match award.
2011 Copa América
At 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.
Post Copa América
After receiving much criticism from Brazil's failure at the Copa América, Mano Menezes decided to call up the likes of Marcelo, Hulk, and Ronaldinho which signalled a return to the old Joga Bonito style.
In preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the new look Brazil team was on an undefeated streak since August 2011 until recently they lost back-to-back games to Mexico 2–0 and Argentina 4–3, both of which were played in the United States. This includes nine wins and impressive victories over Ghana, Argentina, and the United States while only finishing one game with a draw other than the recent losses to Mexico and Argentina.
On July 4, 2012, due to a lack of competitive matches, as Brazil is automatically qualified for the 2014 World Cup, Brazil was ranked 11th in the FIFA ranking, being the first time the Seleção was ruled out the top 10 and also the lowest position at the time, since the ranking was created, in 1993.
Return of Luiz Felipe Scolari
Although Brazil won the 2012 Superclásico de las Américas, on November 23, 2012, following bad results in 2012, coach Mano Menezes was sacked. CBF would announce a replacement by January 2013, but on November 28, Luiz Felipe Scolari was appointed as Brazil's new manager.
On June 9, 2013, in the last match before the Confederations Cup, Brazil beat France in the Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre by 3–0, ending a 21–year winless run against the Bleus, and it was also the first victory over a former World Cup champion in nearly four years.
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
Brazil entered the tournament with the objective of defending their title, and did it successfully. With a good start in a 3–0 victory against Japan, Brazil beat Mexico (2–0) and Italy (4–2) to qualify for the semifinals. After a somewhat troublesome match against Uruguay, with Paulinho scoring the winning goal in the dying moments, Brazil went to face Spain, the current world and European champions, for the first time in a FIFA tournament in nearly 27 years. Brazil won comfortably by 3–0, sealing their fourth Confederations Cup title and ending their opponents run of 29 unbeaten matches in competitive football. Neymar was named player of the tournament and received the Golden Ball Award, whilst Fred won the Silver Shoe Award with five goals in five matches and Júlio César won the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
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). The Brazilian Olympic team is often coached by the current national team coach, such as Mário Zagallo in 1996, Dunga in 2008 and Mano Menezes in 2012.
The 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. 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 "Mangabeira" Pieruccetti during the 1950 World Cup. Other names like Amarelinha, "Little Yellow One", Verde-amarelo, or "Green-Yellow", Pentacampeão, "Five-time Champions", Esquadrão de Ouro (the Golden Squad), some Latin American commentators often refer to the Brazil National team El Scratch (The Scratch), among others.
Brazil 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 Nacional de Brasília in the capital Brasília and the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto 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 on BBC Two, Brazil have returned to the ground regularly, facing Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Republic of Ireland and most recently against Scotland.
Brazil's first team colors were white with blue collars, but following defeat in the Maracanã at the 1950 World Cup, the colors 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 colors of the Brazilian flag. 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. The new colors 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 color 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 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.
FIFA World Cup
Brazil 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 record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1950||Runners-up||2nd||6||4||1||1||22||6||Qualified as hosts|
|1962||Champions||1st||6||5||1||0||14||5||Qualified as defending champions|
|1966||Group Stage||11th||3||1||0||2||4||6||Qualified as defending champions|
|1974||Fourth Place||4th||7||3||2||2||6||4||Qualified as defending champions|
|1990||Round of 16||9th||4||3||0||1||4||2||4||3||1||0||13||1|
|1998||Runners-up||2nd||7||4||1||2||14||10||Qualified as defending champions|
|2014||Qualified as hosts||Qualified as hosts|
|2018||To Be Determined||-||–||–||–||–||–|
- *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.
FIFA Confederations Cup
South American Championship
Pan American Games
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|Friendly February 6, 2013||England||2 – 1||Brazil||London, England|
|Fred 48'||Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
|Friendly March 21, 2013||Italy||2 – 2||Brazil||Genève, Switzerland|
|De Rossi 54'
|Stadium: Stade de Genève
Referee: Stephan Studer (Switzerland)
|Friendly March 25, 2013||Brazil||1 – 1||Russia||London, England|
|Fred 90'||Faizulin 73'||Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
|Friendly April 6, 2013||Bolivia||0 – 4||Brazil||Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia|
|Leandro Damião 4'
Neymar 31', 42'
|Stadium: Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)
|Friendly April 24, 2013||Brazil||2 – 2||Chile||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|Stadium: Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto
Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)
|Friendly June 2, 2013||Brazil||2 – 2||England||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|Friendly June 9, 2013||Brazil||3 – 0||France||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
Lucas 90+3' (pen.)
|Stadium: Arena do Grêmio
Referee: Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
|Confederations Cup June 15, 2013||Brazil||3 – 0||Japan||Estádio Nacional, Brasília|
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
|Confederations Cup June 19, 2013||Brazil||2 – 0||Mexico||Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza|
|16:00 (UTC−03:00)||Neymar 9'
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
|Confederations Cup June 22, 2013||Italy||2 – 4||Brazil||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador|
|16:00 (UTC−03:00)||Giaccherini 51'
Fred 66', 89'
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|Confederations Cup June 26, 2013||Brazil||2 – 1||Uruguay||Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte|
|16:00 (UTC−03:00)||Fred 41'
|Report||Cavani 48'||Attendance: 57,483
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
|Confederations Cup June 30, 2013||Brazil||3 – 0||Spain||Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro|
|19:00 (UTC−03:00)||Fred 2', 47'
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
|Friendly August 14, 2013||Switzerland||1 – 0||Brazil||Basel, Switzerland|
|Stadium: St. Jakob-Park
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
|Friendly September 7, 2013||Brazil||6 – 0||Australia||Brasília, Brazil|
|Jô 8', 34'
Luiz Gustavo 84'
|Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
|Friendly September 10, 2013||Brazil||3 – 1||Portugal||Foxborough, United States|
|Thiago Silva 23'
|Raul Meireles 17'||Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Referee: Juan Guzman (United States)
|Friendly October 12, 2013||South Korea||0 – 2||Brazil||Seoul, South Korea|
|Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
|Friendly October 15, 2013||Brazil||2 – 0||Zambia||Beijing, China|
|Stadium: Beijing National Stadium
Referee: Fan Qi (China P.R.)
|Friendly November 16, 2013||Honduras||0 – 5||Brazil||Miami, United States|
|Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Referee: Dave Gantar (Canada)
|Friendly November 19, 2013||Brazil||2 – 1||Chile||Toronto, Canada|
|Eduardo Vargas 71'||Stadium: Rogers Centre
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (Canada)
|Friendly March 5, 2014||South Africa||0 – 5||Brazil||Johannesburg, South Africa|
Neymar 40', 46', 90+1'
|Stadium: Soccer City Stadium
|Friendly June 3, 2014||Brazil||v||Panama||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Stadium: Estádio Serra Dourada
|Friendly June 6, 2014||Brazil||v||Serbia||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Stadium: Estádio do Morumbi
|World Cup June 12, 2014||Brazil||v||Croatia||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Stadium: Arena Corinthians
|World Cup June 17, 2014||Brazil||v||Mexico||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Stadium: Estádio Castelão
|World Cup June 23, 2014||Cameroon||v||Brazil||Brasília, Brazil|
|Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
Caps and goals as of March 5, 2014, subsequent to friendly match against South Africa.
The following players have been called up to the Brazil squad in last 12 months.
Most capped players
- As of November 19, 2013
- 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||Fabinho||117||54||May 20, 2004||March 5, 2014|
|4||Lúcio||105||4||November 15, 2000||September 5, 2011|
|5||Henrique||104||16||May 20, 2004||March 5, 2014|
|6||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||Gilmar||94||0||March 1, 1953||June 12, 1969|
|9||Gilberto Silva||93||3||November 7, 2001||July 2, 2010|
|10||Pelé||92||77||July 7, 1957||July 18, 1971|
|Rivelino||92||26||November 16, 1965||June 24, 1978|
|Robinho||92||27||July 13, 2003||November 19, 2013|
- As of November 16, 2013
- Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
|#||Name||Goals||Caps||First cap||Latest cap|
|1||Pelé||77||92||July 7, 1957||July 18, 1971|
|3||Ronaldo||62||98||March 23, 1994||June 7, 2011|
|4||Romário||55||70||May 23, 1987||April 27, 2005|
|6||Rivaldo||37||74||December 16, 1993||November 19, 2003|
|7||Jairzinho||35||53||October 1, 2007||March 5, 2014|
|8||Ronaldinho||34||97||June 26, 1999||April 24, 2013|
|9||Ademir||33||39||January 21, 1945||March 15, 1953|
|10||Tostão||32||54||May 15, 1966||July 9, 1972|
IFFHS Player of the Century
Below are the results of a poll by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) for the best Brazilian player of the 20th century.
Brazilian Football Museum – Hall of Fame
World Cup winning coaches in bold.
Current coaching staff
|Head Coach||Luiz Felipe Scolari|
|Assistant Coach||Flávio Murtosa|
|Fitness Coach||Paulo Paixão|
|Technical Coordinator||Carlos Alberto Parreira|
- FIFA World Cup:
- Confederations Cup:
- South American Championship / Copa America:
- CONCACAF Gold Cup
- Panamerican Championship
- Taça Independência:
- Winners (1): 1972
- Taça do Atlântico:
- Winners (3): 1956, 1970, 1976
- Rous Cup:
- Winners (1): 1987
- Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup:
- Winners (1): 1988
- Umbro Cup:
- Winners (1): 1995
- Superclásico de las Américas:
- Olympic Summer Games:
- Pan American Games:
- CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament:
- 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
- Football in Brazil
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- 1958–63, 1965–66, 1970–74, 1978–79, 1981–83, 1986–87, 1990, 1992, 1994–00, 2002–10
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- Title shared with Argentina
- 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.
- Together with France, Brazil is 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).
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- Garrincha 122.
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- Brazil Football Team World Cup 2014 Schedule
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