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Brazil national football team

Brazil
Nickname(s) Canarinho (Little Canary)
Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow)
Pentacampeões (Five-Time Champions)
Association Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Dunga
Captain Neymar
Most caps Cafu (142)[1][2]
Top scorer Pelé (77)[3]
FIFA code BRA
FIFA ranking
Current 7 2 (1 October 2015)
Highest 1 (151 times on 7 occasions[4])
Lowest 22 (June 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 2 (October 2015)[5]
Highest 1 (7,708 days on 38 occasions[6])
Lowest 18 (November 2001)
First international
 Argentina 3–0 Brazil 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 20 September 1914)[7]
Biggest win
 Brazil 14–0 Nicaragua 
(Mexico, 17 October 1975)[8]
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 1–7 Germany 
(Belo Horizonte, Brazil; 8 July 2014)
World Cup
Appearances 20 (all) (First in 1930)
Best result Champions (5):
1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002
Copa América
Appearances 33 (First in 1916)
Best result Champions (8):
1919, 1922, 1949, 1989
1997, 1999, 2004 and 2007
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1996)
Best result Runners-up (2):
1996 and 2003
Confederations Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1997)
Best result Champions (4):
1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013

The Brazil national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Brasileira de Futebol) 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 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.[10][11][12][13] Brazil is the only national team to have played in all FIFA World Cup editions without any absence nor need for playoffs.[14] The seleção is also the most successful national 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.[15]

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 Hungary's Golden Team of 1954 and Germany national 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 or 1962, with honorary mentions being held for the gifted 1982 side.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Following the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the national team is ranked number 3 in the World Football Elo Ratings[25] 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.[26][27][28]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Early history (1914–57) 1.1
    • The Golden Era with Pelé (1958–70) 1.2
    • The dry spell (1971–93) 1.3
    • Return to winning ways (1994–2002) 1.4
    • World Cup drought (2006–Present) 1.5
    • Return of Luiz Felipe Scolari (2013–14) 1.6
    • Return of Dunga (2014–) 1.7
      • 2015 Copa América 1.7.1
  • Olympics 2
  • Nicknames 3
  • Venues 4
  • Competitive record 5
    • FIFA World Cup 5.1
    • FIFA Confederations Cup 5.2
    • South American Championship / Copa América 5.3
    • Olympics Games 5.4
  • Results and fixtures 6
    • 2014 6.1
    • 2015 6.2
  • Players 7
    • Current squad 7.1
    • Recent call-ups 7.2
    • Most capped players 7.3
    • Top goalscorers 7.4
  • Current managers 8
  • Titles 9
    • Senior team 9.1
      • Official titles 9.1.1
      • Friendly titles 9.1.2
    • Olympic team 9.2
  • See also 10
  • Notes 11
  • References 12
  • Titles 13
  • External links 14

History

Early history (1914–57)

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.[29][30] Brazil won 2–0 with goals by Oswaldo Gomes and Osman,[29][30][31] though it is claimed that the match was a 3–3 draw.[32][33]

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).[34]

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 Maracanazo." The match led to a period of national mourning.[35]

For the Hungary in one of the ugliest matches in football history, known as the Battle of Berne.[36]

The Golden Era with Pelé (1958–70)

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",[37] 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.[38][39]

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. Brazil became the first nation to be eliminated in the first round while holding the World Cup crown. After the 2002, 2010, and 2014 World Cup, France, Italy and Spain were also added to this list.[40] 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 World Cup football squad ever,[16][17][18][19][20] led by Pelé in his last World Cup finals, captain Carlos Alberto Torres, Jairzinho, Tostão, Gérson and Rivelino. Even though Garrincha had retired, this team was still a force to be reckoned with. 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)

The 1970 FIFA World Cup-winning Brazil team, considered by many distinguished commentators as the greatest association football team ever.

After the international retirement of Pelé and other stars from the 1970 squad, Brazil was not able to overcome the Netherlands' at the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany, finishing in fourth place.[41]

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 qualified for the final, in a match accused of ultimately-unproven match fixing. The Brazilian team qualified for the third place.

At the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, the tournament favorites Brazil easily moved through the early part of the draw, but a 3–2 defeat in Barcelona 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 including Sócrates and Zico from 1982 returned to play at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico again. Brazil met the Michel Platini-led 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.

At the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, Brazil was coached by Sebastião Lazaroni. With a defensive scheme, whose main symbol was midfielder Dunga, forward Careca, and three full-backs, the team lacked creativity but made it to the second round. Brazil was eliminated by Diego Maradona-led Argentina in the round of 16 in Turin, losing to their South American arch-rivals 1-0.

Return to winning ways (1994–2002)

Brazil went 24 years without winning a World Cup or even participating in a final. Their struggles ended at the 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) and 1-0 victory over Sweden in the semifinals. 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 in South Korea and topped the group. In Brazil's opening game against Turkey in Ulsan, 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. In their knockout round matches in Japan, Brazil defeated Belgium 2–0 in Kobe, in the round of 16. Against England in the quarter-finals in Shiuzoka, they won 2–1; the winning goal was from an unexpected free kick by Ronaldinho. The semi-final was against Turkey in Saitama. Brazil won 1–0. The final was between Germany and Brazil in Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan. Ronaldo scored two goals in the Brazilian 2–0 triumph.[42] Ronaldo also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament's leading scorer.

World Cup drought (2006–Present)

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

Brazil won the 2004 Copa América.[43] Brazil also won the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup for the second time.[44]

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.[45] 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.[46] 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.[47] 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.[48]

Return of Luiz Felipe Scolari (2013–14)

In November 2012, coach Mano Menezes was sacked, and Luiz Felipe Scolari was appointed as Brazil's new manager.[49][50]

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.[51] Brazil entered the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with the objective of defending their title. In the final, Brazil faced Spain.[52] Brazil won 3–0, sealing their fourth Confederations Cup title.[53][54] Neymar was named player of the tournament and received the Golden Ball Award and the Adidas Bronze Shoe, and Júlio César won the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament.[55]

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.[56] The team then draw 0–0 with Mexico, as Guillermo Ochoa produced a man of the match performance in the Mexican goal.[57] Brazil confirmed qualification to the knockout stage by defeating Cameroon 4–1 with Neymar again scoring twice, and Fred and Fernandinho providing further goals.[58]

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.[59] 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.[60] 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.[61] 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.[62] 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.[63] 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.[64]

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.[65] The only other countries to concede 12 or more goals in the current World Cup format are North Korea and Saudi Arabia.[66] Following these results, Scolari announced his resignation.[67]

Return of Dunga (2014–)

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.[68]

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.[69] He followed this up with wins against Ecuador (1–0),[70] in the 2014 Superclásico de las Américas against Argentina (2–0),[71] against Japan (4–0),[72] against Turkey (0–4),[73] and against Austria (1–2).[74] Dunga continued Brazil's winning streak in 2015 by defeating France in another friendly, won by 1–3. They followed this with wins against Chile (1–0), against Mexico (2–0), and against Honduras (1–0).

2015 Copa América

Brazil started the tournament with a tight victory against Peru after coming from behind by 2–1 (with Douglas Costa scoring in the dying moments),[75] followed by a 1–0 defeat against Colombia[76] and a 2–1 victory against Venezuela.[77] In the knockout stage, Brazil faced Paraguay and was eliminated after drawing 1–1 in normal time and losing 4–3 in the penalty shootout.[78] As such, Brazil was unable to qualify for a FIFA Confederations Cup (in this case, the 2017 edition) for the first time in almost 20 years.[79]

Olympics

The FIFA that Brazil has never won, although they have won three silver medals (1984, 1988 and 2012) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008).[80] 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

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.[81] Other names like Amarelinha, "Little Yellow One", Verde-amarelo, or "Green-Yellow", Pentacampeão, "Five-time Champions",[82] Esquadrão de Ouro (the Golden Squad), some Latin American commentators often refer to the Brazil National team El Scratch (The Scratch),[83] among others.

Venues

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

Brazil do 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 in Teresopolis, located 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Rio de Janeiro.[84] Granja Comary was opened in 1987,[85] and underwent significant renovations in 2013 and 2014.

Competitive record

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

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
1930 Group Stage 6th 2 1 0 1 5 2
1934 Round 1 14th 1 0 0 1 1 3 Automatically qualified
1938 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 14 11 Automatically qualified
1950 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 22 6 Qualified as hosts
1954 Quarter-Finals 5th 3 1 1 1 8 5 4 4 0 0 8 1
1958 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 16 4 2 1 1 0 2 1
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
1970 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 19 7 6 6 0 0 23 2
1974 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2 2 6 4 Qualified as defending champions
1978 Third Place 3rd 7 4 3 0 10 3 6 4 2 0 17 1
1982 Round 2 5th 5 4 0 1 15 6 4 4 0 0 11 2
1986 Quarter-Finals 5th 5 4 1 0 10 1 4 2 2 0 6 2
1990 Round of 16 9th 4 3 0 1 4 2 4 3 1 0 13 1
1994 Champions 1st 7 5 2 0 11 3 8 5 2 1 20 4
1998 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 1 2 14 10 Qualified as defending champions
2002 Champions 1st 7 7 0 0 18 4 18 9 3 6 31 17
2006 Quarter-Finals 5th 5 4 0 1 10 2 18 9 7 2 35 17
2010 Quarter-Finals 6th 5 3 1 1 9 4 18 9 7 2 33 11
2014 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2 2 11 14 Qualified as hosts
2018 TBD 2 1 0 1 3 3
Total 5 titles 20/20 104 70 17 17 221 102 94 57 25 12 202 62
*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

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
1992 Did not qualify
1995
1997 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 14 2 Squad
1999 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 18 6 Squad
2001 Fourth place 4th 5 1 2 2 3 3 Squad
2003 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3 Squad
2005 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 12 6 Squad
2009 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 14 5 Squad
2013 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 14 3 Squad
2017 Did not qualify
Total 4 titles 7/10 33 23 5 5 78 28 -

Results and fixtures

The following are Brazil's results over the past 12 months, as well as Brazil's confirmed upcoming fixtures during the next 6 months.[86]

      Win       Draw       Loss

2014

2015

Players

Current squad

The following players are in the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Argentina on 12 November and against Peru on 17 November 2015.[87]

Caps and goals as of October 13, 2015 after the match against Venezuela.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jefferson (1983-01-02) January 2, 1983 22 0 Botafogo
1GK Alisson (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 1 0 Internacional
1GK Cássio (1987-06-06) June 6, 1987 0 0 Corinthians
2DF Daniel Alves (1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 85 6 Barcelona
2DF David Luiz (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 54 3 Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Marcelo (1988-05-12) May 12, 1988 42 4 Real Madrid
2DF Miranda (1984-09-07) September 7, 1984 25 0 Internazionale
2DF Filipe Luís (1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 19 0 Atlético Madrid
2DF Danilo (1991-07-15) July 15, 1991 15 0 Real Madrid
2DF Marquinhos (1994-05-14) May 14, 1994 9 0 Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Gil (1987-06-12) June 12, 1987 3 0 Corinthians
3MF Kaká (1982-04-22) April 22, 1982 91 29 Orlando City
3MF Oscar (1991-09-09) September 9, 1991 47 12 Chelsea
3MF Luiz Gustavo (1987-07-23) July 23, 1987 36 2 Wolfsburg
3MF Willian (1988-08-09) August 9, 1988 30 6 Chelsea
3MF Elias (1985-05-16) May 16, 1985 29 0 Corinthians
3MF Fernandinho (1985-05-04) May 4, 1985 26 2 Manchester City
3MF Douglas Costa (1990-09-14) September 14, 1990 13 1 Bayern Munich
3MF Lucas Lima (1990-07-09) July 9, 1990 4 0 Santos
3MF Renato Augusto (1988-02-08) February 8, 1988 3 0 Corinthians
4FW Neymar (Captain) (1992-02-05) February 5, 1992 67 46 Barcelona
4FW Hulk (1986-07-25) July 25, 1986 45 12 Zenit
4FW Ricardo Oliveira (1980-05-06) May 6, 1980 13 4 Santos

Recent call-ups

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 Marcelo Grohe (1987-01-13) January 13, 1987 2 0 Grêmio v.  Venezuela, October 13, 2015 INJ
GK Neto (1989-07-19) July 19, 1989 0 0 Juventus 2015 Copa América
GK Diego Alves (1985-06-24) June 24, 1985 8 0 Valencia v.  Mexico, June 7, 2015 INJ
GK Rafael Cabral (1990-05-20) May 20, 1990 3 0 Napoli v.  Austria, November 18, 2014
DF Fabinho (1993-10-23) October 23, 1993 3 0 Monaco v.  Venezuela, October 13, 2015
DF Rafinha (1985-09-07) September 7, 1985 2 0 Bayern Munich v.  Chile, October 8, 2015 WD
DF Gabriel Paulista (1990-11-26) November 26, 1990 0 0 Arsenal v.  United States, September 8, 2015
DF Douglas Santos (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 0 0 Atlético Mineiro v.  United States, September 8, 2015
DF Thiago Silva (1984-09-22) September 22, 1984 58 4 Paris Saint-Germain 2015 Copa América
DF Geferson (1994-05-13) May 13, 1994 0 0 Internacional 2015 Copa América
DF Alex Sandro (1991-01-26) January 26, 1991 6 0 Juventus v.  Austria, November 18, 2014
DF Mário Fernandes (1990-09-19) September 19, 1990 1 0 CSKA Moscow v.  Austria, November 18, 2014
MF Lucas Moura (1992-08-13) August 13, 1992 33 4 Paris Saint-Germain v.  Venezuela, October 13, 2015
MF Philippe Coutinho (1992-06-12) June 12, 1992 12 1 Liverpool v.  Chile, October 8, 2015 INJ
MF Rafinha Alcântara (1993-02-12) February 12, 1993 2 1 Barcelona v.  United States, September 8, 2015 INJ
MF Ramires (1987-03-24) March 24, 1987 51 4 Chelsea v.  Costa Rica, September 5, 2015 INJ
MF Casemiro (1992-02-23) February 23, 1992 9 0 Real Madrid 2015 Copa América
MF Everton Ribeiro (1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 6 0 Al-Ahli 2015 Copa América
MF Fred (1993-03-05) March 5, 1993 6 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 2015 Copa América
MF Felipe Anderson (1993-04-15) April 15, 1993 1 0 Lazio v.  Honduras, June 10, 2015
MF Souza (1989-02-11) February 11, 1989 3 0 Fenerbahçe v.  Chile, March 29, 2015
MF Anderson Talisca (1994-02-01) February 1, 1994 0 0 Benfica v.  Austria, November 18, 2014
MF Rômulo (1990-09-19) September 19, 1990 8 1 Spartak Moscow v.  Turkey, November 12, 2014 INJ
FW Roberto Firmino (1991-10-02) October 2, 1991 11 4 Liverpool v.  Chile, October 8, 2015 INJ
FW Robinho (1984-01-25) January 25, 1984 99 28 Guangzhou Evergrande 2015 Copa América
FW Diego Tardelli (1985-05-10) May 10, 1985 14 3 Shandong Luneng 2015 Copa América
FW Leandro Damião (1989-07-22) July 22, 1989 17 3 Cruzeiro 2015 Copa América PRE
FW Luiz Adriano (1987-04-12) April 12, 1987 4 0 Milan v.  Chile, March 29, 2015
  • SUS Player suspended
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad / standby
  • RET Retired from the national team
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

Most capped players

Cafu is the most capped player in the history of Brazil with 142 caps.
As of October 13, 2015
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 101 0 July 7, 1988 July 12, 1998
5 Robinho 99 28 July 13, 2003 June 27, 2015
6 Djalma Santos 98 3 April 10, 1952 June 9, 1968
Ronaldo 98 62 March 23, 1994 June 7, 2011
8 Ronaldinho 97 33 June 26, 1999 April 24, 2013
9 Gilmar 94 0 March 1, 1953 June 12, 1969
10 Gilberto Silva 93 3 November 7, 2001 July 2, 2010

Top goalscorers

Pelé is the top scorer in the history of Brazil with 77 goals.
As of October 13, 2015[3]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name Goals Caps Average First cap Latest cap Position
1 Pelé 77 91[88] 0.85 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 46 67 0.68 August 10, 2010 September 8, 2015 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 FW
Ronaldinho 33 97 0.34 June 26, 1999 April 24, 2013 MF
10 Ademir de Menezes 32 39 0.82 January 21, 1945 March 15, 1953 FW

Current managers

Head Coach Dunga
Goalkeeping Coach Cláudio Taffarel
General Coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi

Titles

Senior team

Official titles

Friendly titles

Olympic team

See also

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/fifafacts/stats-centclub/52/00/59/centuryclub290715_neutral.pdf
  2. ^ "Marcos Evangelista de Morais "CAFU" – Century of International Appearances".  
  3. ^ a b "Brazil – Record International Players".  
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ http://www.eloratings.net/
  6. ^ 1958–63, 1965–66, 1970–74, 1978–79, 1981–83, 1986–87, 1990, 1992, 1994–00, 2002–10
  7. ^ "Argentina versus Brazil". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved January 5, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Brazil matches, ratings and points exchanged". Eloratings.net. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Soccer World Cup All-Time Standings". Thesoccerworldcups.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  11. ^ All-time table of the FIFA World Cup
  12. ^ "FIFA World Cup™ - All-time rankings". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  13. ^ "World Cup " All-time league table". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  14. ^ Brazil at the FIFA World Cup
  15. ^ In Portuguese, please use a translator - Anexo:Lista de títulos das seleções sul-americanas de futebol masculino
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ a b "Soccer great Zico: Brazil '58 best team ever". Zico (CNN). July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ a b "Spain vs. Italy: Euro 2012 Final Not Enough to Crown Spain Best Ever". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  20. ^ 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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  22. ^ "Phenomenal goals, silky skills and tight blue shorts - Why Brazil 1982 was the best World Cup team ever". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "World Cup 2014: This is not the Brazil of 1970 or 1982 - substance over style is key". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
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  25. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings". Eloratings.net. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  26. ^ 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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  28. ^ 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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  32. ^ "Exeter fix dream date against Brazil". London: The Daily Telegraph. April 23, 2004. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
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  34. ^ Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1914-1922 at RSSSF
  35. ^ "Ghosts of Uruguay’s 1950 World Cup upset still haunt some in Brazil". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  36. ^ "World Cup and U.S. soccer history: 1950–1970".  
  37. ^ Garrincha 122.
  38. ^ "FIFA Classic Player". FIFA.com. October 23, 1940. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  39. ^ "PELE – International Football Hall of Fame". Ifhof.com. October 23, 1940. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
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  41. ^ "Brazil not too comfortable as World Cup favorite".  
  42. ^ "Brazil crowned world champions". BBC Sport. June 30, 2002. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 
  43. ^ "Brazil 2–2 Argentina: Shoot-out drama".  
  44. ^ "Brazil 4–1 Argentina: Adriano stars".  
  45. ^ "Dunga completa dois anos na seleção garantindo ser um desafio ganhar o ouro" (in Portuguese).  
  46. ^ Dawkes, Phil (June 28, 2009). "USA 2–3 Brazil". BBC Sport. Retrieved June 28, 2009. 
  47. ^ "Brazil name Dunga's replacement as they rebuild for the next World Cup".  
  48. ^ "Heard the joke about England being better than Italy? Just ask FIFA...". London: DailyMail. July 4, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  49. ^ "Mano Menezes sacked as Brazil coach". Goal.com. November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  50. ^ "Felipão é o novo técnico da Seleção, e Andrés deixa cargo na CBF" (in Portuguese). Globoesporte.com. November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  51. ^ "Netherlands go fifth in Fifa ranking". Goal.com. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  52. ^ "Brazil-Spain: a showdown 27 years in the making". Marca. June 28, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  53. ^ "Fred and Neymar claim Confeds for Brazil". FIFA.com. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  54. ^ "Brazil defeats Spain to win Confederations Cup".  
  55. ^ "Neymar breaks through for top award". FIFA.com. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  56. ^ "Brazil 3-1 Croatia".  
  57. ^ "Brazil 0–0 Mexico". FIFA.com. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  58. ^ "Cameroon 1-4 Brazil". BBC. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  59. ^ Ornstein, David (28 June 2014). "Brazil 1-1 Chile".  
  60. ^ "Neymar: Injured Brazil forward ruled out of World Cup".  
  61. ^ "World Cup 2014: Brazil fail to have Thiago Silva booking rescinded".  
  62. ^ "The greatest half hour in World Cup history?". Eurosport. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  63. ^ "Brazil 1-7 Germany: World Cup 2014 semi-final – as it happened". The Guardian. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  64. ^ "Maracanazo foi trágico, 'Minerazo', a maior vergonha do Brasil". ESPN. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  65. ^ "Brazil 0-3 Netherlands". BBC. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  66. ^ "Netherlands ensure miserable end for hosts". ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  67. ^ "Luiz Felipe Scolari QUITS Brazil job after leading World Cup 2014 host nation to first back-to-back defeats at home in 74 years". Daily Mail. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  68. ^ "Dunga sends Brazil back to the future". Goal.com. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  69. ^ "Brazil 1–0 Colombia". BBC Sports. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  70. ^ "Brazil 1–0 Ecuador". BBC Sports. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  71. ^ "Argentina 0–2 Brazil". BBC Sports. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  72. ^ "Japan 0–4 Brazil". BBC Sports. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  73. ^ "Turkey 0–4 Brazil". BBC Sport. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  74. ^ "International friendly: Brazil score late on to sink Austria 2–1 in Vienna". SkySports. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  75. ^ "Brazil 2-1 Peru: Douglas Costa wins it late for Selecao". Goal.com. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  76. ^ "Brazil 0-1 Colombia: Murillo shocks struggling Selecao". Goal.com. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  77. ^ "VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Brazil 2-1 Venezuela: Thiago Silva and Firmino seal top spot". Goal.com. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  78. ^ "Brazil 1-1 Paraguay (3-4 on pens): Selecao dumped out of Copa America". Goal.com. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  79. ^ "Brasil fica fora da Copa das Confederações após 20 anos" (in Portuguese). Terra. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  80. ^ 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.
  81. ^ "Fernando Pieruccetti creates the Canarinhos". Terra. Retrieved October 6, 2006. 
  82. ^ "Reference to Pentacampeão". BBC Brasil. Retrieved October 6, 2006. 
  83. ^ "Reference to the Scratch". Guilherme Soares. 
  84. ^ Brazil's national team begins preparations for World Cup (English)
  85. ^ Granja Comary reopened (English)
  86. ^ FIFA.com – Brazil: Fixtures and Results
  87. ^ "Brasil convocado para enfrentar Argentina e Peru" (in Português). CBF. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  88. ^ "More goals than caps". FIFA.com. Retrieved 20 October 2015
  89. ^ "Sala de Troféus da CBF" (in Portuguese).  

References

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

Titles

Achievements
Preceded by
1954 West Germany 
World Champions
1958 (First title)
1962 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1966 England 
Preceded by
1966 England 
World Champions
1970 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1974 West Germany 
Preceded by
1990 West Germany 
World Champions
1994 (Fourth title)
Succeeded by
1998 France 
Preceded by
1998 France 
World Champions
2002 (Fifth title)
Succeeded by
2006 Italy 
Awards
Preceded by
Australia Men's Cricket Team
Laureus World Team of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
England Rugby Union Team

External links

  • Brazil on FIFA.com
  • The official Brazilian football association website
  • Brazilian Football – Guide to Football in Brazil
  • RSSSF Brazil
  • All about Brazilian Football – Sambafoot.com
  • Brazil Football Team World Cup 2014 Schedule
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