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Brazil’s National Football Team: The Selecao’s History 

Brazil’s National Football Team: The Selecao’s History 

Brazil has become a synonym for Football, and there is a good reason for that. 

Brazil’s national football team has performed better in international tournaments than any other team. Since the competition’s inception in 1930, the team has competed in every FIFA World Cup. In addition, the team is the only one in football history to have won five World Cups.

The formation of the Brazilian Football Confederation laid the groundwork for establishing the Brazilian national football team in 1914. The team’s first squad consisted of Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo players. Brazil defeated Exeter City 2-0 in their first football match.

Brazil’s national football team won its first major trophy in 1919. For the first time, Brazil won the South American Trophy, now known as Copa América. However, the team’s performance on the international stage distinguished it as arguably the greatest football team ever. Let’s take a closer look at the Selecao’s history and facts every soccer fan should know. 

Ancient History of Selecao

Before talking about World Cup triumphs, Selecao’s biggest stars and team managers, let’s take a step back and look how it actually all began even before FIFA existed. 

Thomas Donohoe Laid the Foundation of Brazilian Football 

Some believe that the first soccer balls were brought to Brazil by Scotsman Thomas Donohoe in the early 1890s. Donohoe and other British workers from the Bangu factory in Rio de Janeiro are said to have introduced the sport to the locals. If this is correct, the first football match in Brazil would have occurred in 1894 in Rio’s West Zone.

Is that being contested? Some people question Donohoe and the Rio matches because they did not follow protocol. The fields where we used to play did not have official measurements. Their teams lacked uniforms. Furthermore, there had been no prior planning or organization for the match.

Charles Miller is the First Soccer Player in the History of Brazilian Football

According to the second origin story, Brazilian football history began in 1898, when the first football team was formed at the Mackenzie school in Sao Paulo. Many other teams were formed due to Charles Miller’s encouragement, and within a short time, there were several teams in cities across the country.

This version holds Charles Miller responsible for introducing football to Brazil. More specifically, after his experience as a player in an English club, Charles brought two soccer balls and some books that explained the rules of the sport in 1894. His first match in Brazil took place just a few months after Donohoe’s.

Brazil’s Hunger for More Football Increases

Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo played their first matches in 1901. The first Paulista Championship was held in 1902. The world first saw Brazilian football in 1906, when the Paulista team played its first official international match. The match occurred in So Paulo, but the team lost to a South African team by 6 – 0.

Brazilian football gained a foothold in Europe in 1925. There were ten matches, nine of which the Brazilians won. Following Brazil’s victories, the CBD (Confederaço Brasileira de Desportos) was formed. FIFA, on the other hand, only recognized CBD nine years later.

Football gradually became Brazil’s most popular, becoming a national obsession. Pelé, the football king, is revered as a national hero. Aside from him, Brazil is home to some of the best soccer players of all time, names like Romário, Zico, Ronaldo, and many others who helped win important titles (such as five World Cups) and helped build Brazil’s great football reputation. They also shaped Brazil’s image as the land of Futebol Arte (Art Football). That is a distinct style and technique in which players demonstrate various dribbles and abilities.

We now understand why Brazil is known as the “Land of Football.”

World Cup Triumphs

Let’s take a look at Selecao’s World Cup Triumphs now from 1958 to 1994. 

1958 National Football Team of Brazil

Brazil was given another chance to capture the trophy that had eluded them the previous five times in 1958. The closest they came to winning was losing to Uruguay in the 1950 final.

The 1958 team had a lot of good players on it. The popularity of the more experienced players overshadowed a figure who would play a key role in their World Cup victory: Pelé.

Brazil’s national team breezed through the group stages. Pelé was not used until the final group game against the Soviet Union, in which he failed to score. Regardless, Brazil won 2-0.

Pelé’s star shone brightly in the quarter-finals when he scored the game-winning goal against Wales. Brazil faced France in the semi-finals. For the majority of the first half, the teams were evenly matched. France’s squad, however, was reduced to ten men after their captain broke his leg. Substitutions were not permitted. Pelé scored a hat trick as Brazil defeated France 5-2.

Sweden took the lead in the fourth minute of the final against the hosts. Vavá, on the other hand, equalized after five minutes and put Brazil ahead in the 32nd minute. Pelé’s lead was extended in the second half by a spectacular goal. To make matters worse, they scored again halfway through the second half.

With ten minutes remaining, Sweden scored their second goal. However, Pelé extended their lead during injury time to secure a 5-2 victory.

1962 National Football Team of Brazil

Brazil’s national football team became the second, after Italy, to successfully defend their World Cup title in 1962. Brazil won its second title despite the tournament’s impressive comebacks and violent matches. In the group stages, no team could beat them.

Unfortunately, their star player, Pelé, tore a thigh muscle in the team’s final group match against Spain, forcing him to withdraw from the competition.

Most people believed that his aging teammates would not be able to complete the race without his assistance. Fortunately, the remaining players were up to the task.

Brazil’s goal-scoring improved as the tournament progressed. In the quarter-finals, they defeated England 3-1, with Garrincha scoring twice.

A mere 5,890 people turned out to watch Czechoslovakia take on Yugoslavia. In an ironic twist, the same stadium later that day hosted 76,594 fans who had come to see the Brazil national football team play Chile. Brazil defeated Chile 4-2 in the semi-finals.

A goal by Josef Masopust in the final game gave Czechoslovakia the lead. Conversely, Brazil staged a comeback, winning the game 3-1. After Italy in 1938, Brazil became the second country to defend its title.

1970 National Football Team of Brazil

Brazil competed in the FIFA World Cup for the ninth time in 1970. The Brazilian attack was led by Pelé. He was involved in 14 of the team’s 19 goals in the tournament. However, all five of the team’s front five could have easily fit in at number ten.

Former team coach Joao Saldanha chose a team to counteract the physicality they faced in the 1966 World Cup. He did, however, leave the team to make way for Mario Zagallo. The recently retired winger put talent ahead of physical ability. The end result was one of the best World Cup teams ever.

Because the team was so focused on attacking, it had a significantly weaker defense, but they didn’t need a better one. The opposing teams were too preoccupied with repelling attacks to threaten Brazil’s defense.

Brazil’s national football team won all six group stage games. They went on to win the finals in all six games. The 1970 team averaged 3.2 goals per game, an impressive figure in such a competitive tournament as the World Cup. To date, no team has broken the record.

1994 National Football Team of Brazil

Brazil was one of the finalists in the race to host the World Cup in 1994, but the United States beat them to it. Nonetheless, FIFA was adamant about popularizing the game in the United States, which had a minuscule soccer culture. As a result, despite an apparent lack of interest in soccer in the United States, the 1994 World Cup attracted a record-breaking crowd.

Brazil’s national team was assigned to Group B, which produced two of the tournament’s semi-finalists. Romario and Bebeto, two legendary strikers who combined for eight goals in the competition, led the team’s attack. At the end of the World Cup, Romario was awarded the Golden Ball.

Brazil defeated Russia and Cameroon in two of their three group stage games. They drew with Sweden to secure their place in the Round of 16.

Brazil’s national team faced the hosts for the first time in the knockout stage. Despite a valiant effort, the US was defeated 1-0 by Brazil on a Bebeto goal in the 72nd minute. Despite the loss, many people regard the match as the USA’s best performance in the tournament.

Brazil defeated the Netherlands 3-2 in the Quarterfinals before defeating Sweden 1-0 in the Semifinals.

Brazil’s most difficult match came in the final against Italy. They went 120 minutes without scoring, forcing a penalty shootout. Brazil had a 3-2 lead before Italy’s Roberto Baggio took his penalty. He could have kept Italy in the game if he had scored, but he hit it well over the crossbar, allowing Brazil to win.

2002 National Football Team of Brazil

The 2002 Brazil National Football Team 2002 was the seventeenth FIFA World Cup and the first to be held in Asia. Brazil was competing in the tournament for the seventeenth time.

Brazil’s national football team became the second team in history to win all group matches. They defeated Turkey 2-1 and China 4-0 before reaffirming their dominance with a 5-2 victory over Costa Rica. However, Brazil’s attacking prowess was unaffected by the group.

Brazil opened the scoring in its Round of 16 matches against Belgium with a superb volley from Rivaldo. Then, in the 87th minute, Ronaldo led a fantastic counter-attack that resulted in the winning goal. Belgium had no response to Brazil.

In the quarter-finals, Brazil faced England. England put Brazil on the back foot in the 23rd minute when they scored. However, Brazil equalized in added time before the half-time break. Ronaldinho scored Brazil’s winning goal just five minutes into the second half.

Despite a lackluster performance in the group stage, Turkey held out until the 49th minute, when it conceded the game’s lone goal.

Ronaldo’s incredible form was on display in Brazil’s final game against Germany. Despite their best efforts, Germany could not prevent Ronaldo from scoring in the 67th minute. In the 79th minute, he scored his second goal, clinching Brazil’s fifth World Cup title.

Brazilian National Football Team Stars

We left out Pele, Romario, Tele Santana, Mane Garrincha, Djama Santos, Dunga, Bebeto, Rivaldo, Kaka, Neymar and Leonidas da Silva, Cafu, Roberto Carlos because we covered them in separate articles. Make sure to read these articles as well.

Brazil's National Football Team

Pelé 

Pelé was probably the most famous and possibly the best-paid athlete in the world at the time. He was a member of the Brazilian national team that won three World Cup titles (1958, 1962, and 1970).

Interestingly, Pelé (whose nickname appears to be meaningless) was rejected by major club teams in Sao Paulo after playing for a minor league club in Bauru, So Paulo state. However, in 1956, he joined the Santos Football Club, which, with Pelé as inside left forward, won nine Sao Paulo league championships as well as the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Club Cup in 1962 and 1963. 

He became a Brazilian national hero and was known as “Pérola Negra” (“Black Pearl”). He combined kicking power and accuracy with a remarkable ability to anticipate the movements of other players. 

Following the 1958 World Cup, the Brazilian government declared Pelé a national treasure in order to deter large offers from European clubs and ensure that he would remain in Brazil. On November 19, 1969, he scored his 1,000th goal in his 909th first-class match.

Romário 

Romário is a Brazilian football (soccer) player and politician who was one of the sport’s most prolific goal scorers. After assisting Brazil to victory in the 1994 World Cup, he was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s most outstanding performer.

Romário grew up in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Villa Pena. It wasn’t until his father took him to see the Olaria football club that he began considering a career in professional sports. He joined Olaria’s youth squad at the age of 13 and advanced quickly. He scored four goals in a friendly match against Vasco da Gama, which convinced Vasco to sign him in 1985. 

Romário led the team to two state championships and 73 goals in 123 games over four seasons. He was chosen for the Brazilian team that competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, where he was the leading goal scorer, and Brazil won the silver medal. Brazil won the Copa América in 1989, with Romário scoring the game-winning goal against Uruguay.

Djalma Santos

Many consider Djalma Santos to be the best right-back in soccer history. He won the FIFA World Cup with Brazil in 1958 and Chile in 1962.

Djalma Santos, twice a Rio São Paulo Tournament winner with Portuguesa, would later shine in the great Palmeiras side of the 1960s. Because of its refined play, this team is known as Academia. 

He won the Taça Brazil twice, the Roberto Gomes Pedrosa Tournament once, the Rio-Sao Paulo Tournament once, and the Sao Paulo state title three times during his time at Palmeiras. He left the club in 1968 to join Atletico Paranaense, where he won his final trophy in 1970, the Parana state championship.

Dunga

Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri’s nickname is Dunga. He was a former Brazilian professional soccer player who played defensive midfield. Brazil won the World Cup final under his captaincy in 1994. He and fellow Spaniard Xavi are the only players to have appeared in a World Cup final, an Olympic final, a Confederations Cup final, and a continental championship final.

He was twice the national team’s head coach. However, after leading Brazil to the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation fired him. Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri helped Brazil win the Copa America in 2007 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009. After being appointed as Brazil’s manager for the second time in 2014, Dunga was fired in June 2016 following Brazil’s early exit from the Copa America Centenario.

Bebeto 

Bebeto was a player known for both his colorful personality and his soccer talent. Many soccer fans and critics consider him to be one of the greatest players to grace the world in a long time. He and fellow Brazilian player Romario are regarded as the deadliest and most prolific duos of all time. He is regarded as one of the greatest Brazilian soccer players of all time, as well as one of the best in the world in the 1990s. 

Even now, he is considered one of the best in the game. Bebeto currently leads Brazil’s Democratic Labor Party, and his son Mattheus is a professional soccer player. He is the hero who won the 1994 FIFA World Cup with his incredible soccer skills. Even today, other players use his goal celebrations as a tribute to this legend.

Neymar 

In full, Neymar Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr. was a prolific goal scorer in his country’s illustrious football history.

Neymar began playing football as a child in So Vicente under the tutelage of his father. This former professional footballer remained a close adviser and mentor to his son throughout his career. 

Neymar joined Portuguesa Santista’s youth team in So Vicente after playing street and indoor five-a-side football, and he and his family moved to Santos in 2003. Neymar, who was already a talented player, joined Santos FC’s youth academy (the same club for which Brazilian football legend Pelé spent most of his domestic career). At the age of 14, he had a successful trial with Real Madrid in Spain, and Santos had to increase its spending to keep him.

Rivaldo 

Rivaldo is a player who was a key member of the powerful Brazilian national team in the 1990s, alongside the similar moniker Romário and Ronaldo.

In 1997, FC Barcelona spent $25.7 million to sign Rivaldo as a replacement for Ronaldo, who had left the club. Rivaldo helped Barcelona win the Spanish League title that year, a feat the team repeated in 1999. He led the league in scoring in 1997 and 1998. Rivaldo helped lead Brazil to the World Cup final against France in 1998, but the Brazilians were defeated 3-0. 

He was a key component in Brazil’s successful bid to win the Copa América in 1999. Rivaldo was also named Player of the Year by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 1999, receiving 535 points to David Beckham’s 194.

Leonidas Da Silva

Leonidas Da Silva, known as a “Black Diamond,” began playing in 1930, before soccer became a professional sport near the center of Rio de Janeiro. He received his first national call-up two years later. At the 1934 World Cup in Italy, he scored Brazil’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Spain.

Leônidas played for three of Rio de Janeiro’s major soccer clubs: Vasco, Botafogo, and Flamengo. As Flamingo’s first black player, he gave the club a working-class image and helped it become the most popular in Brazil.

Kaka

In 2007, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) named Kaká World Player of the Year.

Kaká got his nickname from his younger brother Rodrigo, who couldn’t say Ricardo as a child and could only say “Caca.” Kaká was seven years old when her family relocated to Sao Paulo. So Paulo FC signed him as a football enthusiast the following year. He was given a contract at age 15, but his progress was halted three years later by a serious spinal injury (sustained in a swimming accident), which jeopardized his career. 

However, he recovered and made his first-team debut in January 2001. He scored 12 goals in 27 games that year as an attacking midfielder. In 2002, he made his national team debut against Bolivia, and Brazil went on to win the World Cup later that year.

Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, also known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a former Brazilian professional footballer.

He was born on April 10, 1973, in the Brazilian town of Garcia, Sao Paulo. He primarily played as a left-back in defense and has been dubbed the most offensive-minded left-back in the game’s history.

His left foot is the strongest, and he is envious of his ability to swerve the ball with a powerful shot.

He dominated the left wing as a marauding left-back. He liked to go for overlaps, attacking quickly to deliver final balls that led to goals. Technically adept, he maintained possession while attacking, and if he lost possession, he would immediately press the opponent to regain possession.

He wasn’t the best defender, but he made up for it with considerable pace and speed and a desire to regain possession through persistent pressing.

In 1997, he was named runner-up in the FIFA World Player of the Year award, one of only two left-backs to finish in the top two. In addition, Pele named him to the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players in 2004.

Ronaldo

Ronaldo made his international debut for Brazil in the 1994 World Cup. He was the team’s youngest player, at only 17 years old.

His first international goal came against the Netherlands in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He added a second goal in the ensuing penalty shootout. Ronaldo received the 1998 World Cup Golden Ball for his efforts in helping Brazil reach the final.

Ronaldo, along with Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, also helped Brazil win the World Cup in 2002.

Apart from the World Cup, Ronaldo also helped Brazil win the Copa América titles in 1997 and 1999. Ronaldo appeared in 98 international matches for Brazil, scoring 62 goals.

Zico

Zico was affectionately known as “the white Pelé” by many. This is because he was an exceptional playmaker and free-kick specialist.

Zico appeared in 71 matches for the Brazilian national team, scoring 48 goals. He is the team’s fifth-leading goal scorer. Despite competing in 1978, 1982, and 1986 World Cups, Zico never won a medal. He came the closest in the 1973 World Cup when his team finished third.

Zico also competed in the 1979 Copa América, in addition to the World Cup. Brazil’s national football team finished third.

Paulo Falcao, Roberto

Between 1976 and 1986, Falcao appeared in 34 games for Brazil’s national team. Falcao participated in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He was a midfielder alongside Zico, Éder, and Sócrates.

Falcao’s most notable accomplishment in Brazil was with the 1982 team. The team is arguably Brazil’s best lineup that did not win the World Cup. The team advanced to the quarter-finals before losing a crucial match to Italy. Falcao nearly retired from football before accepting an invitation to play in the 1986 World Cup. Falcao was a substitute in both of his games.

Sócrates

Sócrates played as a Brazilian midfielder for seven years, from 1979 to 1986. He appeared in 60 matches for the Brazilian national team, scoring 22 goals.

He led the team that competed in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Falco, Zico, Cerezo, Éder, and Toninho joined him in the midfield. Despite failing to win the World Cup, the 1982 team is regarded as one of the best Brazilian national teams. Sócrates also competed in the 1986 World Cup, finishing in the quarter-finals.

Sócrates also competed in the Copa América tournament twice, first in 1979 and again in 1983.

Jairzinho

Jairzinho made his national football debut for Brazil at the age of 19 in 1964, when he came off the bench to replace the injured Garrincha. He played in the 1966 World Cup as a left winger, a position that limited his ability to perform at his best. He played on the left because Garrincha was in his preferred position as a right winger.

Jairzinho found his niche after Garrincha retired from international football, vacating the right winger position. He scored two of the six goals in the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. He scored in every game during Brazil’s World Cup victory in 1970. Jairzinho scored twice in the 1974 World Cup. By the end of his international career, he had 33 goals in 81 games.

Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho began his national football career with the Junior World Championship-winning U-17 team. He also competed for the U-20 team, which finished third in the South American Youth Championship.

Ronaldinho scored a single goal in the Copa América in 1999. In the same year’s Confederations Cup, he scored in all but one game, winning the Golden Ball and Boot.

Ronaldinho scored nine goals in seven matches during the Summer Olympics in 2000, helping Brazil win the Pre-Olympic tournament.

Ronaldinho’s crowning achievement was his performance in the 2002 World Cup, where he scored two goals and assisted on three others in five matches. Ronaldinho appeared in 97 games for Brazil’s national team, scoring 33 goals.

Santos, Nilton

Between 1949 and 1962, Nilton Santos was a defender for the Brazilian national team. He appeared in 75 games, scoring three goals.

Nilton was instrumental in Brazil winning the South American Championship for the third time. He did not, however, play for the national team for a long time because the coach did not like him. Nevertheless, Nilton returned to the Brazil national football team for the Pan American Championship in 1952.

Nilton was a part of all four qualifier victories for the 1954 World Cup. Hungary, on the other hand, eliminated Brazil in the quarter-finals. Nilton was also a FIFA World Cup winning team member in 1958 and 1962. His 75th and final appearance for the national team came in the 1962 World Cup final.

Torres, Carlos Alberto

Carlos was a Brazilian national football team member from 1964 to 1977. He was one of 44 players who trained for the 1966 World Cup but did not make the final 22. They were eliminated in the group stage, forcing Joo Saldanha to reconsider his strategy.

Saldanha saw leadership potential in Carlos Alberto Torres and appointed him team captain. Carlos Alberto led the Brazilian national football team to a World Cup victory in 1970. Carlos’ goal against Italy in the final is widely regarded as one of the best in the tournament.

Rivellino

Rivellino was an essential member of the 1970 FIFA World Cup-winning team. His exceptional dribbling abilities, ball control, and pinpoint passing skills made him an excellent attacking midfielder.

In the 1970 World Cup, Rivellino scored three goals. A superb curling free-kick against Czechoslovakia was one of the more memorable goals. His goal earned him the moniker “Atomic Kick.” He would play in two more World Cups for Brazil in 1974 and 1978. Brazil came in fourth and third place, respectively.

Rivellino had one of the team’s busiest international careers. He appeared in 92 games and scored 26 goals.

Famous Brazilian National Football Team Managers

Mr. Mário Zagallo

Zagallo is a member of an elite group of people who have twice won the FIFA World Cup as a player and manager. He was a member of the teams that won the World Cups in Sweden and Chile in 1958 and 1962, respectively. As impressive as his playing career was, Zagallo made his name as a coach. Zagallo led the team to a World Cup victory in 1970.

Zagallo began coaching the team at the age of 38. He was brought in after Joo Saldanha was fired. Following that were some of the most impressive performances in Brazilian history. In 1970, the team won three World Cups and was awarded the Jules Rimet Trophy.

When Brazil went to the 1974 World Cup, Zagallo was still the national team’s coach. Unfortunately, the Netherlands prevented them from competing in the final. Mario Zagalo left the Brazilian national team and returned as Carlos Alberto Parreira’s assistant in 1994. Brazil’s fourth FIFA World Cup victory was led by the duo. Zagallo was France’s head coach in the 1998 World Cup, which they lost in the final. Zagallo was the caretaker coach for Brazil’s World Cup-winning team in 2002.

Feola, Vicente

Vicente rose to prominence after leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory in 1958.

Vicente called the seventeen-year-old Pelé into the national team while coaching Brazil. Pelé was instrumental in the team’s World Cup victory, scoring two goals against Sweden in the final game. The game made history by being the first and only time an outside team won a World Cup hosted in Europe.

Vicente briefly left the Brazilian national team in 1961 to manage Boca Juniors. He did, however, return to coach Brazil in the run-up to the 1966 World Cup.

Vicente’s low point was the tournament in England. Vicente brought in the injured Pelé to play in the final group game against Portugal after the team lost its first group game against Hungary. He made significant team changes that did not pay off. For the first time, Brazil was eliminated during the group stage.

Scolari, Luiz Felipe

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s playing career was not as successful as his coaching career. His first display of coaching prowess occurred during the 2002 World Cup.

Scolari took over as manager as Brazil prepared to play its five World Cup qualifiers. Brazil’s first match against Uruguay ended in a 1-0 defeat. On the other hand, Scolari rallied his troops to cruise through the qualifiers.

Scolari made the bold decision to leave out Romario, a seasoned striker for Brazil’s national team, before entering the tournament. Many footballing titans fell during the 2002 World Cup, but Brazil forged ahead under Scolari’s leadership.

Brazil did not go into the competition as the favorite. Nonetheless, it defeated Turkey, China, Costa Rica, Belgium, and England to advance to the finals. Brazil won their fifth World Cup after scoring two unanswered goals against Germany in the final. Scolari joined the team again in 2012. He won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013 and qualified for the 2014 World Cup, where he and his team were defeated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals. Scolari resigned not long after.

Parreira, Carlos Alberto

Unlike most of the other coaches on this list, Carlos Alberto Parreira has never played professionally. He used his physical education degree to coach several teams, eventually making it to the Brazil national football team.

During the 1970 World Cup, Parreira worked as a physical trainer for the Brazilian national football team. In 1972, he was promoted to assistant coach of the Seleço for the Olympic Games in Munich. Parreira coached Kuwait’s national team until 1982.

He returned as Brazil’s head coach in 1983. Unfortunately, the fans were dissatisfied with his coaching style and demanded that the team bring back Telê Santana, which they did.

Parreira would not coach Brazil again until 1991. He brought Zagallo with him as an assistant. In 1994, Parreira prioritized winning over entertaining play, and he delivered the World Cup. He left the team but accepted a coaching position again in 2002. The team qualified for the World Cup, the America Cup, and the 2005 Confederations Cup under his direction.

Brazil Never Missed a World Cup

Brazil’s national football team has had its fair share of ups and downs. The team’s consistent performance in international tournaments is one constant. For example, despite not having won the trophy in the World Cup in more than two decades, the team has the most victories.

Brazil’s exciting style of play makes them a joy to watch every time they take the field. Their ability to develop legendary players accounts for their consistent performance. Football fans will recall Pele, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho.

However, the Brazilian national football team’s performances are not limited to the World Cup. The team has won nine Copa América championships and four FIFA Confederations Cups.

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