|Nickname(s)||Seleção (The National Squad)|
Canarinha (Little Canary)
Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow)
Esquadrão de Ouro (The Golden Squad)
|Association||Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Most caps||Cafu (142)|
|Top scorer||Pelé (77)|
|Current|| 3 |
|Highest||1 (159 times on 8 occasions )|
|Lowest||22 (6 June 2013)|
|Current|| 1 |
|Highest||1 (8,640 days on 40 occasions )|
|Lowest||20 (7 November 2001)|
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 20 September 1914)
(Mexico City, Mexico, 17 October 1975)
(Viña del Mar, Chile; 18 September 1920)
(Belo Horizonte, Brazil; 8 July 2014)
|Appearances||21 (first in 1930 )|
|Appearances||36 (first in 1916 )|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1952 )|
|Appearances||7 (first in 1997 )|
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 FIFA since 1923 and member of CONMEBOL since 1916.
Portuguese is a Western Romance language originating in the Iberian Peninsula. It is the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe. It also has co-official language status in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea and Macau in China. As the result of expansion during colonial times, a cultural presence of Portuguese and Portuguese creole speakers are also found in Goa, Daman and Diu in India; in Batticaloa on the east coast of Sri Lanka; in the Indonesian island of Flores; in the Malacca state of Malaysia; and the ABC islands in the Caribbean where Papiamento is spoken, while Cape Verdean Creole is the most widely spoken Portuguese-based Creole. A Portuguese-speaking person or nation is referred to as "Lusophone" (Lusófono).
Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populated city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states, the Federal District, and the 5,570 municipalities. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas; it is also one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world.
The Brazilian Football Confederation is the governing body of football in Brazil. Its was founded in 1914 as Federação Brasileira de Sports), and renamed to Confederação Brasileira de Desportos in 1916. The football confederation, as known today, forked in September 1979 by the dismemberment of other sports associations. Between 1914 and 1979 it was the governing body, or at least the international reference, for other olympic sports, such as tennis, athletics, Swimming, Waterpolo, Handball.
Brazil is the most successful national team in the FIFA World Cup, the main football international competition, being crowned winner five times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil also has the best overall performance in the World Cup, both in proportional and absolute terms, with a record of 73 victories in 109 matches played, 124 goal difference, 237 points, and 18 losses.Brazil is the only national team to have played in all World Cup editions without any absence nor need for playoffs. The seleção is likewise the most successful national team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with four titles: 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013.
The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
The 1958 FIFA World Cup, the sixth staging of the World Cup, was hosted by Sweden from 8 to 29 June. The tournament was won by Brazil, who beat Sweden 5–2 in the final in the Stockholm suburb of Solna for their first title. The tournament is also notable for marking the debut on the world stage of a then 17-year-old Pelé.
The 1962 FIFA World Cup was the seventh FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for men's national teams. It was held from 30 May to 17 June 1962 in Chile. The qualification rounds took place between August 1960 and December 1961, with 56 teams entering from six confederations, and fourteen qualifying for the finals tournament alongside Chile, the hosts, and Brazil, the defending champions.
In relation to ranking standings Brazil fare well, having the all-time highest average football Elo Rating, and the fourth all-time highest football Elo Rating established in 1962. In FIFA's own ranking, Brazil holds the record for most Team of the Year wins with 12.Many commentators, experts and former players have considered the Brazil team of 1970 to be the greatest football team ever. Other Brazilian teams are also highly estimated and regularly appear listed among the best teams of all time, such as the Brazil teams of 1958–62, with honorary mentions for the gifted 1982 side.
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 share with France and Argentina the feat to have won the three most important men's football titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament.They also share with Spain a record of 35 consecutive matches undefeated.
The 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for men's national teams. Held from 31 May to 21 June in Mexico, it was the first World Cup tournament staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America. Teams representing 75 nations from all six populated continents entered the competition, and its qualification rounds began in May 1968. Fourteen teams qualified from this process to join host nation Mexico and defending champions England in the 16-team final tournament. El Salvador, Israel and Morocco made their first appearances at the final stage.
The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th edition of the FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national soccer teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from June 17 to July 17, 1994 at nine venues across the country. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on July 4, 1988. Despite the host nation's lack of soccer tradition, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history; aided by the high-capacity stadiums in the United States, it broke the World Cup average attendance record with more than 69,000 spectators per game, a mark that still stands. The total attendance of nearly 3.6 million for the final tournament remains the highest in World Cup history, despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams, which was first introduced at the 1998 World Cup and is the current format.
The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the 17th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national association football teams organized by FIFA. It was held from 31 May to 30 June 2002 at sites in South Korea and Japan, with its final match hosted by Japan at International Stadium in Yokohama.
Brazil has a lot of rivals due to its successes, with notable rivalries with Argentina—known as the Superclássico das Américas in Portuguese, Italy—known as the Clásico Mundial in Spanish or the World Derby in English,Uruguay due to the traumatic Maracanazo, Colombia, whom, in recent years, have been matched in decisive and aggressive matches and Portugal, with whom they share many common cultural ties. Brazil has also produced players considered as the best of the world at their time and among the best in history, such are the cases of Pelé (widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time), Garrincha, Rivellino, Zico, Romário, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Robinho, Adriano, Kaká, Pato, Neymar and Alisson. A common quip about football is: "Os ingleses o inventaram, os brasileiros o aperfeiçoaram" (The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it).
The Argentina national football team represents Argentine Football Association in tournaments CONMEBOL/FIFA. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.
The Italy national football team has officially represented Italy in international football since their first match in 1910. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—the latter of which was co-founded by the Italian team's supervising body, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Italy's home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Italy, and their primary training ground, Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano, is located at the FIGC technical headquarters in Coverciano, Florence.
The Uruguay national football team represents Uruguay in international association football and is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The current head coach is Óscar Tabárez. The Uruguayan team is commonly referred to as La Celeste . They have won the Copa América 15 times, the most successful national team in the tournament, the most recent title being the 2011 edition. The team has won the FIFA World Cup twice, including the first World Cup in 1930 as hosts, defeating Argentina 4–2 in the final. They won their second title in 1950, upsetting host Brazil 2–1 in the final match, which received an attendance higher than any football match ever.
It is generally believed that the inaugural game of the Brazil 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.Brazil won 2–0 with goals by Oswaldo Gomes and Osman, though it is claimed that the match was a 3–3 draw.
Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.
São Paulo is a municipality in the Southeast Region of Brazil. The metropolis is an alpha global city and the most populous city in Brazil, the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere, besides being the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world. The municipality is also the world's 12th largest city proper by population. The city is the capital of the surrounding state of São Paulo, the most populous and wealthiest state in Brazil. It exerts strong international influences in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment. The name of the city honors the Apostle, Saint Paul of Tarsus. The city's metropolitan area, the Greater São Paulo, ranks as the most populous in Brazil and the 12th most populous on Earth. The process of conurbation between the metropolitan areas located around the Greater São Paulo created the São Paulo Macrometropolis, a megalopolis with more than 30 million inhabitants, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.
Exeter City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Exeter, Devon, England. The team play in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Known as the "Grecians", the origin of their nickname is subject to speculation and debate. The club is owned by the club's supporters through the Exeter City Supporters' Trust. The club contests West Country derby matches with a number of sides, with Plymouth Argyle being their fiercest rivals.
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 12 July 1916).However, led by the goalscoring abilities of Arthur Friedenreich, they were victorious at home in the South American Championships in 1919, repeating their victory, also at home, in 1922.
In 1930, Brazil played in the first World Cup, held in Uruguay in 1930. The squad defeated Bolivia but lost to Yugoslavia, being eliminated from the competition.They lost in the first round to Spain in 1934 in Italy, but reached the semi-finals in France in 1938, being defeated 2–1 by eventual winners Italy. Brazil were the only South American team to participate in this competition.
The 1949 South American Championship held in Brazil ended a 27-year streak without official titles.The last one had been in the 1922 South American Championship, also played on Brazilian soil.
After that, 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. Uruguay, however, won the match and the Cup in a game known as "the Maracanazo". The match led to a period of national mourning.
For the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, the Brazilian team was then almost completely renovated, with the team colours changed (to a new design by Aldyr Schlee) 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.
For the 1958 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",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 5–2 in the final, winning their first World Cup and becoming the first nation to win a World Cup title outside of its own continent. Pelé described it tearfully as a nation coming of age.
In the 1962 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.
In the 1966 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. They have not failed to reach the knockout stages of the competition since. Brazil became the second nation to be eliminated in the first round while holding the World Cup crown following Italy in 1950. After the 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups, France, Italy, Spain and Germany were also added to this list. As for now, Brazil remains the only non-UEFA team to be eliminated from the group stage after winning previous World Cup edition.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 at the 1970 World Cup. It fielded what has since then often been considered the best World Cup football squad ever,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 again.
After the international retirement of Pelé and other stars from the 1970 squad, Brazil was not able to overcome the Netherlands at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, and finished in fourth place after losing the third place game to Poland.
In the second group stage of the 1978 World Cup, Brazil competed with tournament hosts 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 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, and were the only team to remain unbeaten in the tournament.
At the 1982 World Cup, held in Spain, Brazil were the tournament favorites, and easily moved through the early part of the draw, but a 3–2 defeat in Barcelona to Italy, in a classic World Cup match, 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 a midfield of Sócrates, Zico, Falcão and Éder, is remembered as perhaps the greatest team never to win a World Cup.
Several players, including Sócrates and Zico, from 1982 returned to play at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Brazil, still a very good team and more disciplined defensively than four years earlier, 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, where Brazil was defeated 4–3. After 40 years, Brazil was victorious in the 1989 Copa América, this being their fourth victory in four tournaments hosted in Brazil. This achievement ended a 19-year streak without official titles for the Brazilians. The last one had been in the 1970 World Cup.
At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Brazil was coached by Sebastião Lazaroni, that had been the coach in the 1989 Copa América. With a defensive scheme, whose main symbol was midfielder Dunga, forward Careca and three centre-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 archrivals 1–0.
Brazil 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 side headed by Romário and Bebeto in attack, captain Dunga in midfield, goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel and defender Jorginho, won the World Cup for a then-record fourth time. Highlights of their campaign included a 1–0 victory over the United States in the round of 16 at Stanford University, a 3–2 win over the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in Dallas, and a 1–0 victory over Sweden in the semi-finals at Pasadena's Rose Bowl. This set up Brazil–Italy in the final in Pasadena. A game played in searing heat which ended as a goalless draw, with Italy's defence led by Franco Baresi keeping out Romário, penalty kicks loomed, and Brazil became champions once again with Roberto Baggio missing Italy's last penalty.
Entering the 1998 World Cup as defending champions, Brazil finished runner-up. Having topped their group and won the next two rounds, Brazil beat the Netherlands on penalties in the semi-final following a 1–1 draw. Player of the tournament Ronaldo scored four goals and made three assists en route to the final. The build up to the final itself was overshadowed by the world's best player Ronaldo suffering a convulsive fit only hours before kick off.The starting line up without Ronaldo was released to a shocked world media, but after pleading that he felt fine and requested to play, Ronaldo was reinstated by the coach, before giving a below par performance as France, led by Zidane won 3–0.
Fuelled by the "Three R's" (Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho), Brazil won its fifth championship at the 2002 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 Shizuoka, they won 2–1, with the winning goal coming 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 Yokohama, where Ronaldo scored two goals in Brazil's 2–0 triumph.Ronaldo also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament's leading scorer with 8 goals. Brazil's success saw them receive the Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year.
Brazil won the 2004 Copa América, their third win in four competitions since 1997Brazil also won the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup for the second time. Manager Carlos Alberto Parreira built his side through a 4–2–2–2 formation. Nicknamed the "Magic quartet", the attack was built around four players: Ronaldo, Adriano, Kaká and Ronaldinho.
In the 2006 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. 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, however, was eliminated in the quarter-finals against France, losing 1–0 to a Thierry Henry goal.
Dunga was hired as Brazil's new team manager in 2006.Brazil then won the 2007 Copa América, where forward Robinho was awarded the Golden Boot and named the tournament's best player. Two years later, Brazil won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, defeating the U.S. 3–2 in the final, to seal their third Confederations Cup title. Kaká was named as the player of the tournament while striker Luís Fabiano won the top goalscorer award.
At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Brazil won their first two matches against North Korea (2–1) and the Ivory Coast (3–1), respectively. Their last match, against Portugal, ended in a 0–0 draw. They faced Chile in the round of 16, winning 3–0, although in the quarter-final they fell to the Netherlands 2–1.
In July 2010, Mano Menezes was named as Brazil's new coach.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 because the team had automatically qualified for the 2014 World Cup as tournament hosts, 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.
In November 2012, coach Mano Menezes was sacked and replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari.
On 6 June 2013, Brazil was ranked 22nd in the FIFA ranking, their lowest-ever rank.Brazil entered the 2013 Confederations Cup with the objective of defending their title. In the final, Brazil faced Spain, winning 3–0 and sealing their fourth Confederations Cup title. 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.
In the opening match of the 2014 World Cup against Croatia, two goals from Neymar and one from Oscar saw the Seleção off to a winning start in their first World Cup on home soil in 64 years.The team then drew with Mexico, before confirming qualification to the knockout stage by defeating Cameroon 4–1 with Neymar again scoring twice, and Fred and Fernandinho providing further goals. Brazil faced Chile in the round of 16, taking an 18th-minute lead through David Luiz's first goal for the Seleção in a 1–1 draw. Brazil prevailed 3–2 on penalties, with Neymar, David Luiz and Marcelo converting their kicks, and goalkeeper Júlio César saving three times.
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 stretchered off after Juan Camilo Zúñiga's knee had made contact with the forward's back. Neymar was taken to hospital and was diagnosed with a fractured vertebra, ruling him out for the remainder of the tournament.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.
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.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. 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. 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. The only other countries to concede 12 or more goals in the current World Cup format are North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Following these results, Scolari announced his resignation.
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 at the 2010 World Cup.
Dunga's first match in his second reign as Brazil's manager was a friendly match against 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on 5 September 2014, with Brazil winning the match 1–0 through an 83rd-minute Neymar free-kick goal.Dunga followed this up with wins against Ecuador (1–0), in the 2014 Superclásico de las Américas against Argentina (2–0), against Japan (4–0), against Turkey (0–4), and against Austria (1–2). Dunga continued Brazil's winning streak in 2015 by defeating France 3–1 in another friendly. They followed this with wins against Chile (1–0), Mexico (2–0) and Honduras (1–0).
Brazil started the tournament with a victory against Peru after coming from behind by 2–1 (with Douglas Costa scoring in the dying moments),followed by a 1–0 defeat against Colombia and a 2–1 victory against Venezuela. 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. 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.
Brazil began the tournament with a scoreless draw against Ecuador, with the Ecuadorians having a goal wrongly disallowed in the second half.This was followed by an emphatic 7–1 victory over Haiti, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a hat-trick. Needing only a draw to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament, Brazil suffered a controversial 1–0 loss to Peru, with Raúl Ruidíaz scoring in the 75th minute by guiding the ball into the net with his arm. This loss, Brazil's first loss to Peru since 1985, saw Brazil eliminated from the tournament in the group stage for the first time since 1987.
On 14 June 2016, Dunga was sacked as manager of Brazil.Tite, who had managed Corinthians, the 2015 Brazilian Champions and the 2012 World Club Cup Champions, was confirmed as his replacement six days later. Tite's debut was marked with a 3–0 away victory against Ecuador on 2 September, followed by a 2–1 win over Colombia, a 5–0 win against Bolivia and a 0–2 victory away against Venezuela, bringing Brazil to the top of the World Cup Qualifiers leaderboard for the first time since 2011. Brazil then defeated Paraguay 3–0 to become the first team, other than the hosts Russia, to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Brazil started their 2018 World Cup campaign with a draw against Switzerland – Brazil's goal coming from a 25-yard bending strike from Philippe Coutinho – their first non-win in an opener since 1978.In the following match against Costa Rica on 22 June, goals from Coutinho and Neymar in stoppage time saw Brazil win 2–0. They won their final group game 2–0 over Serbia with goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva, meaning qualification for the last 16 as group winners. On 2 July, goals from Neymar and Roberto Firmino saw Brazil 2–0 win over Mexico to advance to the quarter-finals. On 6 July, Brazil were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup by Belgium in the quarter-finals, losing 2–1, with Fernandinho scoring an own goal for Belgium while Renato Augusto scored the only goal for Brazil.
In spite of World Cup's failure, the CBF continued to trust Tite and allowed him to continue his job as coach of Brazil for the 2019 Copa América held at home. However, Brazilian perpetration for the tournament at home was hampered by the injury of Neymar in the friendly match where Brazil thrashed 2019 AFC Asian Cup champions Qatar 2–0.Despite this loss, Tite managed Brazil to the first ever international conquest and Brazil's first ever great international honor since 2007. The Brazilians overcame Bolivia despite of negative reaction from home fans after a goalless first half and Peru in a celebrating 5–0 demolition. Between these matches, Brazil drew Venezuela in a disappointing 0–0 draw with three goals ruled out by VAR. Brazil met Paraguay in the quarter-finals and overcame Paraguay 4–3 in penalty shootout after another disappointing goalless draw. In the famed semi-finals clash against neighboring rival and fellow powerhouse Argentina of Lionel Messi, Brazil put up its best performance to date, beating the Argentines 2–0 to march to the final facing the Peruvians for the second times. In the final, Brazil managed to beat the Peruvians once again 3–1 to conquer the ninth Copa América title. The win of Brazil, however, was criticized by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who accused CONMEBOL for VAR match-fixing and that Brazil was "designed" to win the tournament, an accusation Tite rejected.
Brazil won its first Olympic gold medal in 2016 on home ground.Prior to that victory, the Olympic football tournament was the only international competition in football organized by FIFA that Brazil had never won. They have also won three silver medals (1984, 1988 and 2012) and two bronze medals (1996, 2008). The Brazilian Olympic team is often coached by the national team coach, such as Mário Zagallo in 1996, Vanderlei Luxemburgo in 2000, Dunga in 2008 and Mano Menezes in 2012.
The Brazil national team is known by different names in various parts of the world. Nicknames for the squad in Brazil include: Canarinha, meaning 'Little Canary', a reference to a species of bird commonly found in Brazil that has a vivid yellow color; this phrase was popularized by the late cartoonist Fernando "Mangabeira" Pieruccetti during the 1950 World Cup.Amarelinha (Little Yellow One), Seleção (The National Squad), Verde-amarelo (Green and Yellow), Pentacampeão (Five-time Champions), and Esquadrão de Ouro (The Golden Squad). Some Latin American commentators often refer to the Brazil team as El Scratch (The Scratch), among others.
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Brazil's first team colors were white with blue collars, but following the defeat at Maracanã in 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 new kit incorporating the four colors of the Brazilian flag.The winning design was a yellow jersey with green trim and blue shorts with the 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. Topper were the manufacturers of Brazil's kit up to and including the match against Wales on 11 September 1991; Umbro took over before the next match, versus Yugoslavia in October 1991. Nike began making Brazil kits in time for the 1998 World Cup.
The use of blue as the second kit color dates from the 1930s, 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 second kit, hurriedly purchased a set of blue shirts and sewed on them the badges taken from their yellow shirts.
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Brazil does not have a home national stadium like many other national teams, and rotates their home World Cup qualifying matches in various venues throughout the country, such as the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Since September 2006, Brazil has played many international friendlies at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London, England. Brazil also plays a number of international friendlies in the United States and other parts of the world as part of the Brasil Global Tour.
Brazil's training camp is the Granja Comary in Teresópolis, located 90 km (56 mi) from Rio de Janeiro. Granja Comary was opened in 1987, and underwent significant renovations in 2013 and 2014.
The following tables shows only Brazil's results at major tournaments. To see Brazil's results at minor tournaments, see Brazil national football team competitive record.
Brazil has qualified for every FIFA World Cup they entered, never requiring a qualifying play-off. With five titles, they have won the tournament on more occasions than any other national team.
Brazil's FIFA World Cup record
|Round of 16||14th||1||0||0||1||1||3||Automatically qualified|
|Third place||3rd||5||3||1||1||14||11||Automatically qualified|
|Runners-up||2nd||6||4||1||1||22||6||Qualified as hosts|
|Champions||1st||6||5||1||0||14||5||Qualified as defending champions|
|Group stage||11th||3||1||0||2||4||6||Qualified as defending champions|
|Fourth place||4th||7||3||2||2||6||4||Qualified as defending champions|
|Round of 16||9th||4||3||0||1||4||2||4||3||1||0||13||1|
|Runners-up||2nd||7||4||1||2||14||10||Qualified as defending champions|
|Fourth place||4th||7||3||2||2||11||14||Qualified as hosts|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
South American Championship / Copa América
Summer Olympic Games
Win Draw Loss
|16 November Brasil Global Tour|| Brazil ||1–0||London, England|
|20:00 GMT|| Neymar ||Report||Stadium: Emirates Stadium |
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
|23 March Brasil Global Tour|| Brazil ||1–1||Porto, Portugal|
|18:00 WET (UTC–1)|| Paquetá ||Report|| Machado ||Stadium: Estádio do Dragão |
Referee: João Pedro Pinheiro (Portugal)
|26 March Brasil Global Tour|| Czech Republic ||1–3||Prague, Czech Republic|
|20:45 CET (UTC+1)|| Pavelka ||Report|| Firmino |
|Stadium: Sinobo Stadium |
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
|5 June Brasil Global Tour|| Brazil ||2–0||Brasília, Brazil|
|21:30 BRT (UTC–3)|| Richarlison |
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Mané Garrincha |
Referee: José Argote (Venezuela)
|9 June Brasil Global Tour|| Brazil ||7–0||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|16:00 BRT (UTC–3)|| Gabriel Jesus |
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio |
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
|14 June 2019 Copa América Group A|| Brazil ||3–0||São Paulo, Brazil|
|21:30 BRT (UTC–3)|| Coutinho |
|Report||Stadium: Estádio do Morumbi |
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
|18 June 2019 Copa América Group A|| Brazil ||0–0||Salvador, Brazil|
|21:30 BRT (UTC–3)||Report||Stadium: Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova |
Referee: Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
|22 June 2019 Copa América Group A|| Peru ||0–5||São Paulo, Brazil|
|16:00 BRT (UTC–3)||Report|| Casemiro |
|Stadium: Arena Corinthians |
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
|27 June 2019 Copa América Quarter-finals|| Brazil ||0–0|
|Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|21:30 BRT (UTC–3)||Report||Stadium: Arena do Grêmio |
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
|2 July 2019 Copa América Semi-finals|| Brazil ||2–0||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|21:30 BRT (UTC–3)|| Gabriel Jesus |
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Mineirão |
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
|7 July 2019 Copa América Final|| Brazil ||3–1||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|17:00 BRT (UTC–3)|| Everton |
|Report|| Guerrero ||Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã |
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
|6 September Brasil Global Tour|| Brazil ||2–2||Miami Gardens, United States|
|21:30 EDT (UTC–4)|| Casemiro |
|Report|| Muriel ||Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium |
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
|10 September Brasil Global Tour|| Brazil ||0–1||Los Angeles, United States|
|20:00 PST (UTC−8)||Report|| Abram ||Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum |
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|10 October Brasil Global Tour|| Brazil ||1–1||Kallang, Singapore|
|20:00 SST (UTC+8)|| Firmino ||Report|| Diédhiou ||Stadium: Singapore National Stadium |
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
|13 October Brasil Global Tour|| Brazil ||1–1||Kallang, Singapore|
|20:00 SST (UTC+8)|| Casemiro ||Report|| Aribo ||Stadium: Singapore National Stadium |
Referee: Jansen Foo (Singapore)
|15 November 2019 Superclásico de las Américas|| Brazil ||v||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Report||Stadium: King Saud University Stadium|
The following 23 players were called up for the friendly matches against Argentina and South Korea on 15 and 19 November 2019 respectively.
Caps and goals correct as of: 13 October 2019, after the match against Nigeria.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Alisson||2 October 1992||42||0|
|12||GK||Daniel Fuzato||4 July 1997||0||0|
|23||GK||Santos||17 March 1990||0||0|
|2||DF||Danilo||15 July 1991||23||0|
|3||DF||Thiago Silva||22 September 1984||88||7|
|4||DF||Marquinhos||14 May 1994||46||1|
|6||DF||Alex Sandro||26 January 1991||22||1|
|13||DF||Felipe||16 May 1989||1||0|
|14||DF||Éder Militão||18 January 1998||6||0|
|16||DF||Renan Lodi||8 April 1998||2||0|
|22||DF||Emerson||14 January 1999||0||0|
|5||MF||Casemiro||23 February 1992||45||3|
|8||MF||Arthur||12 August 1996||18||0|
|10||MF||Lucas Paquetá||27 August 1997||9||1|
|11||MF||Philippe Coutinho||12 June 1992||59||16|
|15||MF||Douglas Luiz||9 May 1998||0||0|
|17||MF||Fabinho||23 October 1993||10||0|
|19||MF||Willian||9 August 1988||69||9|
|7||FW||Richarlison||10 May 1997||17||6|
|9||FW||Gabriel Jesus||3 April 1997||37||18|
|18||FW||Wesley||26 November 1996||0||0|
|20||FW||Roberto Firmino||2 October 1991||42||13|
|21||FW||Rodrygo||9 January 2001||0||0|
The following players have been called up to the Brazil squad in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Ederson||17 August 1993||9||0||v. |
|GK||Weverton||13 December 1987||3||0||v. |
|GK||Ivan||7 February 1997||0||0||v. |
|GK||Cássio||6 June 1987||1||0||2019 Copa América|
|DF||Dani Alves (Captain)||6 May 1983||118||8||v. |
|DF||Rodrigo Caio||17 August 1993||4||0||v. |
|DF||Marcinho||16 May 1996||0||0||v. |
|DF||Fagner||11 June 1989||10||0||v. |
|DF||Jorge||28 March 1996||1||0||v. |
|DF||Samir||5 December 1994||0||0||v. |
|DF||Miranda||7 September 1984||58||3||2019 Copa América|
|DF||Filipe Luís||9 August 1985||44||2||2019 Copa América|
|DF||Alex Telles||15 December 1992||1||0||v. |
|MF||Matheus Henrique||19 December 1997||1||0||v. |
|MF||Allan||8 January 1991||9||0||v. |
|MF||Fernandinho||4 May 1985||53||2||2019 Copa América|
|MF||Felipe Anderson||15 April 1993||2||0||v. |
|FW||David Neres||3 March 1997||7||1||v. |
|FW||Neymar||5 February 1992||101||61||v. |
|FW||Everton||22 March 1996||14||3||v. |
|FW||Gabriel Barbosa||30 August 1996||5||2||v. |
|FW||Bruno Henrique||30 December 1990||2||0||v. |
|FW||Vinícius Júnior||12 July 2000||1||0||v. |
|#||Name||Caps||Goals||First cap||Latest cap|
|1||Cafu||142||4||12 September 1990||1 July 2006|
|2||Roberto Carlos||125||11||26 February 1992||1 July 2006|
|3||Dani Alves||118||8||10 October 2006||13 October 2019|
|4||Lúcio||105||4||15 November 2000||5 September 2011|
|5||Neymar||101||61||10 August 2010||13 October 2019|
|Cláudio Taffarel||101||0||7 July 1988||12 July 1998|
|7||Robinho||100||28||13 July 2003||25 January 2017|
|8||Djalma Santos||98||3||10 April 1952||9 June 1968|
|Ronaldo||98||62||23 March 1994||7 June 2011|
|10||Ronaldinho||97||33||26 June 1999||24 April 2013|
|#||Name||Goals||Caps||Average||First cap||Latest cap||Position|
|1||Pelé (list)||77||92||0.84||7 July 1957||18 July 1971||FW|
|2||Ronaldo (list)||62||98||0.63||23 March 1994||7 June 2011||FW|
|3||Neymar (list)||61||101||0.6||10 August 2010||13 October 2019||FW|
|4||Romário (list)||55||70||0.79||23 May 1987||27 April 2005||FW|
|5||Zico (list)||48||71||0.68||25 February 1976||21 June 1986||MF|
|6||Bebeto (list)||39||75||0.52||28 April 1985||12 July 1998||FW|
|7||Rivaldo (list)||35||74||0.47||16 December 1993||19 November 2003||MF|
|8||Jairzinho (list)||33||81||0.41||7 June 1964||3 March 1982||FW|
|Ronaldinho (list)||33||97||0.34||26 June 1999||24 April 2013||MF|
|10||Ademir||32||39||0.82||21 January 1945||15 March 1953||FW|
|Tostão (list)||32||54||0.59||15 May 1966||9 July 1972||FW|
Below is a result summary of all matches Brazil have played against FIFA recognized teams.Updated on 13 October 2019.
|Won more than lost|
|Won equals lost|
|Lost more than won|
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE, known as Pelé, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful domestic league goal-scorer in football history scoring 650 goals in 694 League matches, and in total 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and is a Guinness World Record. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world.
Rivaldo Vítor Barbosa Ferreira, known as Rivaldo, is a Brazilian former professional footballer. He played mainly as an attacking midfielder but also as a second striker. Although predominantly left footed, he was capable of playing on either flank, and was on occasion deployed as a wide midfielder or as a winger.
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and ambassador for Barcelona. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a forward or a winger. He played the bulk of his career at European clubs Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and A.C. Milan as well as playing for the Brazilian national team. Often considered one of the best players of his generation and regarded by many as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldinho won two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d'Or. He was renowned for his technical skills and creativity; due to his agility, pace and dribbling ability, as well as his use of tricks, feints, overhead kicks, no-look passes and accuracy from free-kicks.
Carlos Alberto "Capita" Torres, also known as "O Capitão do Tri", was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking right-sided full-back or wing-back. A technically gifted defender with good ball skills and defensive capabilities, he is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time. He also stood out for his leadership, and was an excellent penalty taker. Nicknamed O Capitão, he captained the Brazil national team to victory in the 1970 World Cup, scoring the fourth goal in the final, considered one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament.
Romário de Souza Faria, known simply as Romário, is a Brazilian politician who previously achieved worldwide fame as a professional footballer. A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Romário starred for Brazil in their 1994 FIFA World Cup success, receiving the FIFA Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He came fifth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll in 1999, was elected to the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004.
Adriano Leite Ribeiro, commonly known simply as Adriano, is a Brazilian former professional footballer. A powerful striker known for his long range left footed strikes, Adriano's career was however marked by inconsistency. One of the best strikers in the world in the mid 2000s, he had five prolific seasons in Italy with Parma and Inter Milan, earning the nickname L'Imperatore, before a decline in his performances which coincided with the death of his father. Adriano won four Scudetti for Inter Milan, and after moving back to his native Brazil he won two Brasileirão for Flamengo and Corinthians.
Robson de Souza, more commonly known as Robinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir.
José Kléberson Pereira, commonly known as José Kléberson or simply Kléberson, is a Brazilian former footballer who last played as a midfielder for the American club Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the North American Soccer League and current coach at the Philadelphia Union Academy. He played for Brazil 32 times and was part of the squad that won the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Owing to his performances at Milan where he was an elite playmaker, Kaká is widely considered one of the best players of his generation. With success at club and international level, he is one of eight players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d'Or.
Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, commonly known as Dunga, is a Brazilian football manager and former professional footballer of Italian and Argentine descent, who played as a defensive midfielder. Under his captaincy, Brazil won the 1994 FIFA World Cup and he lifted the World Cup trophy. Along with Xavi, he is one of only two men to have played in a World Cup final, an Olympic final, a Confederations Cup final and a continental championship final. He was head coach of Brazil twice. In his first spell from 2006 to 2010, he led them to victory in the 2007 Copa América and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after which he was dismissed by the Brazilian Football Confederation. He was appointed in 2014 for a second time, but Brazil's early exit from the Copa América Centenario led to his dismissal in June 2016. He was also head coach of Internacional in 2013.
Gilberto da Silva Melo,, more commonly known as Gilberto, is a Brazilian former professional footballer. He played at left-back for the majority of his career. Gilberto's brothers Nenei and Nélio are also former footballers.
Daniel Alves da Silva is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for São Paulo FC and captains the Brazil national team. He is the most decorated player in the history of football with over 40 trophies, with also being the second most decorated defender of all time in European competitions with nine European medals, leaving him equal with Paolo Maldini on the all-time list.
Renato Soares de Oliveira Augusto, or simply Renato Augusto, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Beijing Guoan and the Brazil national team.
Thiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Paris Saint-Germain, where he is captain, and the Brazil national team.
João Miranda de Souza Filho, also known as João Miranda, or simply Miranda, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a central defender for Chinese club Jiangsu Suning and the Brazil national team.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team.
Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima, commonly known as PH Ganso or Ganso, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Fluminense as an attacking midfielder.
The Brazil versus Germany association football match that took place on 8 July 2014 at the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte was the first of two semi-final matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The history of the Brazil national football team began with the team's first international match in 1914, a 0–3 loss to Argentina. Brazil played in the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. The Brazil national team has been successful throughout its history, winning the FIFA World Cup five times since 1958.
The Brazil–Uruguay football rivalry, also known as El Clásico del Río Negro, or Clássico do Rio Negro, is a highly competitive sports rivalry between the Brazilian and Uruguayan national football teams, and their respective set of fans. Association football is the most popular sport in both countries and they have a combined 7 FIFA World Cups and 23 Copa Américas between them. Both countries also have a very close proximity and border each other, Uruguay only has a population of 3.5 million and has a size of 176,215 km2, while Brazil has a population of 210 million and a size of 8,515,767 km2, making it the 5th largest country in terms of both population and size.
For the Brazilians, the disappointment was too much to cope with. Canarinho subsequently dropped to fourth place as Holland cruised to a relatively comfortable 3–0 victory in the third place play-off at Estádio Nacional.