Brazilian national soccer team

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Brazilian Football Association logo
Nickname (s) Seleção
Association Confederação Brasileira
de Futebol
confederacy CONMEBOL
Technical sponsor Nike
Head coach Tite (since 2016)
captain Dani Alves
Record scorer Pele (77)
Record player Cafu (142)
Home stadium various , mainly Maracanã
FIFA rank 3. (1712 points)
(as of July 16, 2020)
First jersey
Second jersey
Third jersey
Balance sheet
967 games
611 wins
201 draws
155 defeats
First international match Argentina 3-0 Brazil ( Buenos Aires , Argentina ; September 20, 1914)
ArgentinaArgentina Brazil 1889Brazil
Biggest win Brazil 10-1 Bolivia ( São Paulo , Brazil ; April 10, 1949)
Brazil 1889Brazil BoliviaBolivia
Biggest defeats Uruguay 6: 0 Brazil ( Viña del Mar , Chile ; September 18, 1920) Brazil 1: 7 Germany ( Belo Horizonte , Brazil , 2014 World Cup ; July 8, 2014)
UruguayUruguay Brazil 1889Brazil

BrazilBrazil GermanyGermany
Successes in tournaments
World Championship
Participation in the finals 21 ( first : 1930 )
Best results World champions: 1958 , 1962 , 1970 , 1994 , 2002
South American Championship
Participation in the finals 33 ( first : 1916 )
Best results Copa America CupSouth American champions: 1919 , 1922 , 1949 , 1989 , 1997 , 1999 , 2004 , 2007 , 2019
Confederations Cup
Participation in the finals 7 ( first : 1997 )
Best results Confederations Cup Winners: 1997 , 2005 , 2009 , 2013
North and Central American Championship
Participation in the finals 3
Best results Second in 1996 , 2003
(As of June 11, 2020)

The Brazilian national soccer team , called Seleção ( Portuguese for “selection”), is a squad of top players put together by the Brazilian national coach . It represents the Brazilian Football Association, the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) , at international level in friendly matches and international tournaments.

With five titles won, it is the world's most successful national soccer team at the soccer world championships . The last World Cup victory was achieved in 2002 .


1914–1938: Rise to the top of the world

The first Brazilian national soccer team.

The first official game of the national team took place in 1914 against the English club team Exeter City and was won 2-0.

In 1916, Brazil took part in the Campeonato Sudamericano de Fútbol , which was held for the first time . Brazil won this South American championship for the first time in 1919.

Participation in the 1921 Campeonato was overshadowed by racism against the colored players. Already weeks before the tournament, MPs expressed concern in a parliamentary debate that a dark-skinned team could make Brazil look like a semi-civilized country. They pointed out that the Brazilian players at the Campeonato Sudamericano in 1917 had been insulted by the Argentine as "macaquitos" (monkeys). On the eve of the nomination of the Brazilian squad, Brazilian President Epitácio Lindolfo da Silva Pessoa called the chairman of the Confederação Brasileira de Desportos (CBD) to him and declared that no colored players could be fielded. President Pessoa's intervention did not work. The all-white team was only second without the black stars at the Campeonato Sudamericano in 1921.

Poland 5-6 Brazil, 1938

The national team was also affected by a dispute within the Brazilian Football Confederation CBD, in particular between the football associations of the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro . Their rivalry led to the fact that the best players in the country were not selected, but instead, for the sake of peace, teams were allowed to compete that consisted only of players from one or the other of the two disputed associations. At the world championships in 1930 z. B. only players from the state of Rio de Janeiro are eligible. Weakened in this way, the Brazilian team dropped out of the 1930 and 1934 World Championships in the first round (group matches or round of 16). But with a third place at the 1938 World Cup , Brazil was able to lay the foundation for further success. At this World Cup, Leônidas da Silva was top scorer with seven goals.

1938–1954: Historic defeat in the Maracanã

Brazilian selection at the 1950 World Cup. National Archives of Brazil.

As a result of the outbreak of World War II in 1939, no world championship was held until 1950. In 1950 , Brazil hosted the first post-war World Cup. In contrast to its European competition, Brazil had hardly suffered from the Second World War. Football went on practically undisturbed and Brazil could fall back on a large number of talented players. Brazil was therefore, together with England, a high favorite to win the tournament. It was unique in the history of the soccer world championship that the world champion was determined in two group phases without a final game. However, the last group game between Brazil and Uruguay was the final of this tournament, where Brazil would have been enough to draw. Before 199,854 fanatical Cariocas in the Maracanã of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil initially took the lead 1-0. Uruguay equalized in the middle of the second half. With ten minutes to go, Uruguay scored the decisive goal for victory and the World Cup. July 16, 1950 was the darkest hour in Brazilian football until then. Never before has the disappointment been greater. How big it was is proven by the fact that the white clothing worn by the Brazilian national team up to that day has been "banned". The game in the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro has since been known in South America as " Maracanaço ". After that, there was no Brazil international for two years.

To forget the Maracanã defeat, the Brazilian team was almost entirely replaced for the 1954 World Cup , but still had a trunk of good players, including Nílton Santos , Djalma Santos and Didi . However, Brazil were eliminated in the quarter-finals against Hungarians, who had been undefeated for four years. The 2: 4 defeat against the favorites of the tournament was one of the ugliest World Cup games in football history with three field assignments and has since been known as the " Battle of Bern ".

1958–1971: The Pelé era with three World Cup titles

Brazilian national team, 1962. National Archives of Brazil.

In the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, the era began Pele , of this tournament left its stamp on. Brazil won their first world championship title with young Pelé by beating hosts Sweden 5-2 in the highest-scoring final in World Cup history. With six goals, he and Helmut Rahn finished second in the top scorer list and scored the first header in a final.

At the 1962 World Cup in Chile , Brazil was able to defend its title. This time they beat the CSSR 3: 1 in the final. In the group game they had split 0-0. Here Pelé injured himself and dropped out for the next tournament, so that Garrincha was in the foreground at this tournament .

At the 1966 World Cup in England, the Brazilian team line-up was affected by sports-political influences. All the major Brazilian clubs wanted to use the World Cup as a stage for their players. In the last months of preparation, coach Vicente Feola had to work with 46 players, of which he was only able to take 22 with him to England. This led to internal disputes and psychological stress and was reflected in one of the worst performances of Brazil at a World Cup to date: Brazil was eliminated as the second reigning world champion (after Italy 1950) in the preliminary round. The outdated team was unable to win the group stage against Hungary (1: 3) and Portugal (1: 3) after Pelé's injury-related elimination. With the departure of Brazil, the title favorite was surprisingly eliminated.

The 1970 world champion team before the quarter-final against Peru

The third world title followed in 1970 in Mexico. After a never endangered march and the 4-1 in the final against Italy, Brazil was able to keep the Coupe Jules Rimet by winning the third title . Mário Zagallo also succeeded in this tournament as the first coach who had previously (1958 and 1962) become world champion as a player to win the title.

In 1971, Pelé ended his career in the national team. In 1972 Brazil won the Taça Independência , also known as the "Mini-Copa", an international tournament in which 18 national teams and two continental representatives took part. However, the world's best teams such as Poland, Italy, Germany or the Netherlands did not come to this tournament. Brazil also managed to break the previous record of undefeation (32 times by Hungary) with a 1-0 victory over Scotland and to remain unbeaten in 33 matches in a row. After the tournament, Tostao also ended his national team career, which, in addition to Pele and Carlos Alberto Torres, another important pillar of the 1970s team had left the team.

1974–1990: "dry spell" without a world title

After Pelé and other stars resigned from the Brazilian national team, the 1974 World Cup in Germany played a disappointing tournament. They survived the preliminary round as second in the group after two draws and met the Netherlands, Argentina and the GDR in the second final round. The games against the GDR and Argentina were just won. They couldn't prevail against the top favorites from the Netherlands and their “ total football ” and lost 2-0. Brazil ended the tournament in 4th place after a 1-0 defeat in the game for 3rd place against Poland. The medical supervisor Mário Américo , who had served the Selecao for decades, withdrew.

The result at the 1978 World Cup was controversial from the Brazilian perspective. In the second round of the final, Brazil competed with hosts Argentina for first place qualifying for the final after the direct encounter ended goalless. The final group game of the Brazilians took place before that of the Argentines, so Argentina knew before the game that they had to win by four goals. The game against Peru was won 6-0, the eventual world champion Argentina qualified for the final due to the better goal difference. The Brazilians complained that the Peruvian goalkeeper Ramón Quiroga , born in Argentina, had only conceded six goals in the previous five games and Argentina had also only scored six goals in the tournament so far. On the other hand, the suspicion persists to this day that the Argentine military junta bought the victory with eventual deliveries of grain to the Peruvian state. Misconduct has been denied by both sides for decades. Years later, a Peruvian senator mentioned that the height had been lost on purpose. Because of this, and because Brazil remained the only undefeated team in this tournament, many Brazilians see their team as the moral winner. A 2-1 win over Italy made them third. At the end of 1980 they took part in the so-called Mini World Cup. In the preliminary round they defeated the reigning world champions Argentina and the reigning European champions Germany (4: 1) and moved into the final, which they just lost against Uruguay. In 1983 they got to the final of the Copa America, but lost it - again against Uruguay.

At the 1982 World Cup , Brazil was the favorite and the national team showed offensive football with top players such as Zico , Falcão , Toninho Cerezo , Éder Aleixo and Sócrates , under coach Telê Santana . Brazil used a 4-2-2-2 system at this tournament. Luizinho and Oscar played in central defense, while the two full-backs Leandro and Junior supported the offensive. Toninho Cerezo and Falcao, Socrates and Zico, as well as Eder and Serginho then formed midfield and attack, whereby all players acted very flexibly and were difficult for the opponent to assess. Brazil won all group games in the preliminary round and met Argentina and Italy in the first final round. In the first game, Argentina was defeated 3-1. A draw in the second game would have been enough for the World Cup favorites to reach the semi-finals, but in a classic in World Cup history they lost 3-2 to Italy, with Paolo Rossi scoring all three goals for the eventual world champion. Before that, he hadn't scored a single goal in four games.

During the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Brazil, with Telê Santana and some players from 1982, was able to build on the enchanting performance of the previous World Cup. Brazil lost 4-5 on penalties against France in the quarter-finals. Zico missed a penalty during regular time. After this tournament an era also ended. National coach Santana, Falcao, Zico and Socrates resigned from the national team. Toninho Cerezo had already resigned in 1985 and Eder Aleixo was no longer considered because he had no longer achieved his form.

A new team was built around the players Romario, Bebeto, Taffarel and Dunga, which won the Copa América in 1989 and came to the 1990 World Cup as a favorite.

At the 1990 World Cup , Brazil was coached by the then little-known Sebastião Lazaroni . The Brazilians managed to survive the preliminary round with an unusually defensive style of play. In the second round, Brazil were eliminated despite their best tournament performance against Argentina. They won chance after chance and still had to admit defeat to their South American rivals. A combination of Maradona and Caniggia nine minutes from time gave Argentina a 1-0 victory.

1994–2006: Two more world championship titles

24 years after winning the third title, the Seleção won their fourth title at the 1994 World Cup in the USA . Coach Parreira played with a defensively interpreted 4-4-2 system. Romario and Bebeto formed the offensive duo and together scored eight of the eleven Brazilian goals. Another high performer was captain Dunga, who played in the left defensive midfield. For the first time in a World Cup final in the game against Italy after 120 goalless minutes, a penalty shoot-out decided the World Cup. Brazil won it 3-2. Roberto Baggio, who had previously scored five goals in Italy's finals, missed the decisive penalty. The 17-year-old Ronaldo was part of the Brazilian squad, but was not used in the tournament. He should develop into a top striker over the next few years.

For the 1998 World Cup Brazil on traveling as one of the favorites. In 1997 they had won the Copa America and with Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Cafu world stars in the team. Despite losing 2-1 to Norway in the preliminary round of the World Cup, Brazil were still group winners and then fought their way through to the final in the semi-finals against the Netherlands on penalties. There they lost 3-0 against hosts France . Zinédine Zidane scored the French with two goals to victory. Ronaldo, who was not playing a good game, must have had an epileptic seizure before the game. The question of why it was set up was later investigated in Brazil by a state committee of inquiry.

Three times world footballer of the year: Brazilian footballer Ronaldo

The Brazilians won their fifth world title at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea . The record world champion was not one of the top favorites like in 1998. Defending champions France, Argentina and runner-up European champions Italy were rated more strongly at the time. France and Argentina were eliminated in the preliminary round, Italy in the round of 16. Brazil won every game. The top performers were Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Cafu, Roberto Carlos and the young Ronaldinho. The final was won 2-0 against the second most successful German team at world championships . It was also the first time that the national teams of Brazil and Germany faced each other at a soccer World Cup. Previously, the selection of the GDR at the 1974 World Cup had been opponents of the Seleção. The game was decided by Ronaldo , who scored both goals and was also the tournament's top scorer with eight goals.

Training of the Brazilian national soccer team in Weggis (June 1, 2006)

At the 2006 World Cup , the Seleção was in Group F with Croatia , Australia and Japan . They won the first group game 1-0 against Croatia before they managed to assert themselves 2-0 against Australia in the second game. In both games they could not convince playfully. This did not change in the last game against Japan, which was won 4-1 after falling 0-1. In this game Ronaldo scored his 14th goal in a World Cup finals, setting Gerd Müller's 32-year-old record . In the round of 16 against Ghana he scored his 15th World Cup goal in the 5th minute, making him the sole record holder. The Seleção won the game against Ghana 3-0. Their second goal in that encounter was very controversial as the goal scorer Adriano was clearly offside. The third goal was scored by Zé Roberto . Ghana were equal for a long time, but did not take advantage of their scoring opportunities. Finally, the selection was eliminated in the quarter-finals against the eventual runner-up world champion France with a 0: 1, so they did not use the chance to take revenge for the final defeat in 1998 .

The disappointing performance of the team for Brazilian expectations sparked heated discussions about the sporting preparation for the tournament and the game strategy of coach Carlos Alberto Parreira during the competition. Sports journalistic comments in international newspapers had already criticized in the run-up to the tournament, after 14 public training units in Weggis , Switzerland , that the training methods were geared too much towards the external media and commercial impact of the Seleção than on athletic fitness. The Brazilian media described the football performance, judged to be less than virtuoso for the entire tournament, as "bureaucratic football". Particularly disappointing was the appearance of Ronaldinho, who was traded as the upcoming World Cup star. He was a long way from his performance in the 2005 Confederations Cup , when Brazil beat Germany 3-2 in the semifinals and then beat Argentina 4-1 in the final.

2006–2014: Two disappointing world championships and the "shock of Mineirão"

As a result, Carlos Dunga Parreira replaced as national coach. At the Copa America 2007 in Venezuela , the start of the tournament failed with a 2-0 defeat against Mexico . Victories against Chile and Ecuador made it into the quarter-finals as second in the group. There you met Chile again, which you could defeat 6-1. In the semifinals against Uruguay it was 2-2 after the end of regular time despite Brazil's two-time lead. After a goalless extension, Brazil were finally able to prevail 5-4 on penalties, although Afonso and Fernando missed two Brazilian shooters. In the final against Argentina, Brazil then retained the upper hand 3-0 and won the Copa America for the eighth time . In addition, Robinho secured the title of top scorer with 6 goals.

For the 2010 World Cup, Brazil was the first to qualify for South America on September 5, 2009 and traveled to South Africa as the world number one . After the bad experience with public training sessions at the last World Cup, national coach Dunga relied on professional preparation. He also renounced some stars like Ronaldinho and Adriano , which was criticized by the Brazilian press. In preparation, Brazil played against the teams from Zimbabwe (3: 0) and Tanzania (5: 1), which are 110 and 108 in the world rankings .

In the 2010 World Cup Brazil started with a 2: 1 against North Korea , where the North Koreans succeeded single goal in this World Cup. After a 3-1 win against Ivory Coast , Brazil were already in the round of 16 before the last group game. Since a draw in the last group match was enough for the Portuguese to reach the round of 16, neither team made much effort in the final group match, especially since the Ivory Coast did not manage to significantly improve their goal difference in the parallel game of the game in order to get the second in the event of a defeat by Portugal To reach place. In the round of 16 against Chile , Brazil initially had problems in the first half, only a header goal by Juan in the 35th minute broke the spell. The second goal by Luís Fabiano in the 38th minute paved the way to the quarter-finals, which Robinho made clear in the 59th minute. In the quarter-finals they met the Netherlands . Brazil took the lead in the 10th minute and dominated the first half. A goal by Wesley Sneijder after a goalkeeping error by Júlio César brought the turning point in the 53rd minute and with his second goal Sneijder decided the game in the 68th minute, especially since Brazil only received a red card for Felipe Melo from the 73rd minute still played with ten players. Brazil failed for the second time in a row in the quarter-finals. National coach Dunga was immediately sacked by the association and the team was greeted by angry fans on their return home in Rio de Janeiro . In addition, Brazil lost first place in the FIFA world rankings when they were eliminated from the quarter-finals .

Shortly after the World Cup, in July 2010, it was announced that Mano Menezes would be the new coach of the Brazilian national team. His successor at SC Corinthians Paulista was Adílson Batista . However, Menezes was only second choice after Muricy Ramalho withdrew from the position. On August 10, 2010, in the friendly against the USA, he stood on the sidelines of the five-time world champions for the first time. Menezes' main task was to build a young, competitive team that should take first place at the Copa America 2011 in Argentina and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. For his first international match as head coach, in which he gave most of the world championship drivers a break and did not appoint, Menezes nominated a total of eleven players with Victor , Renan , Jefferson , Rafael , David Luiz , Réver , Jucilei , Ganso , Ederson , André and Neymar who were previously without a national team appearance. Many other players had only played a few games in the dress of the Seleção. The only World Cup drivers in the line-up were Dani Alves , Ramires , Robinho and Thiago Silva . Meneze's debut game was finally won 2-0. By February 2011, fifteen players made their debut for the national team under the direction of the new coach. Menezes nominated a total of 57 players all the way to the Copa América 2011 in Argentina. Then there was Ronaldo , who was in the squad for his farewell game against Romania on June 7, 2011. In the 23-man squad for the Copa América there were nine players, goalkeeper Júlio César , Lúcio , Maicon , Dani Alves, Luisão , Thiago Silva, Elano , Ramires and Robinho, who failed in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup. In addition, with David Luiz, Elias, Jádson , Lucas , Ganso and Neymar, there were six players in the squad who made their debut in the senior national team under Menezes. Also there were eight players, goalkeepers Victor and Jefferson, André Santos , Adriano , Sandro , Lucas Leiva , Alexandre Pato and Fred , who had not been considered for a long time under his predecessor Dunga. Menezes managed to rejuvenate the team on average within a year. The youngest players in the Copa America squad were Neymar (19) and Lucas (18). In addition, there were two players, Ganso and Alexandre Pato (both 21), who would still have been eligible to play for the U-21s.

The Copa America started slowly for Brazil with a 0-0 win against Venezuela in their first group game. They started with the following starting line-up in 4-2-3-1: J. César - D. Alves, Lúcio, T. Silva, A. Santos - Lucas Leiva, Ramires - Robinho, Ganso, Neymar - Pato. In the second game, the Seleção could not convince either and came against Paraguay to a 2-2 draw. Compared to the first game, Menezes changed once and brought Jádson for Robinho. This gave Brazil a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute, which Paraguay was able to convert to a 2-1 lead in eleven minutes through Santa Cruz (55th) and Valdez (67th). In the 90th minute, Fred scored 2-2 for the Brazilians. In the last group game, the Seleção needed a win against Ecuador to make it to the quarter-finals. Menezes switched to two positions compared to the game against Paraguay and brought Robinho for Jadson and Maicon for Daniel Alves. The Seleção took the lead against Ecuador in the 29th minute through Pato. In the 50th minute, Neymar scored 2-1 after Ecuador was able to equalize through Caicedo (50th). In the 59th minute it was Caicedo again, who scored the 2-2 equalizer. In the end, Pato (61st) and Neymar (72nd) made the 4-2 win over Ecuador clear.

In the quarter-finals they met again on Paraguay, which qualified as one of the two best third party for the knockout phase. Brazil started with the same team that beat Ecuador 4-2. The Seleção were better in the game, but missed chances, so it went into extra time, in which both teams could not create any chances. After a pack formation, Lucas Leiva and the Paraguayan Alcaraz were sent off after being assaulted (103rd). So it came to the penalty shootout, in which Brazil missed all four of their penalties. Elano was the first to kick the ball over the goal. After Paraguay also missed his penalty, Thiago Silva stepped up, who failed to goalkeeper Justo Villar . Estigarribia converted the second penalty for Paraguay to 1-0. The third striker of the Seleção André Santos also failed by shooting the ball well over the goal. Afterwards Riveros converted to 2-0 for Paraguay. Fred shot the last penalty shot to the left of the gate, causing the Seleção to fail in the quarter-finals as in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

On August 10, 2011, Brazil lost a game against Germany for the first time since November 17, 1993, when they lost 3-2 in Stuttgart. In 2012, the Seleção played several test matches, in which mostly players were used who were still under 23 years of age and who should then represent Brazil at the Olympic football tournament in London, where Brazil wanted to win the gold medal for the first time. After five wins in the group stage, the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, each of which scored 3 goals, Brazil lost the final against Mexico 2-1. After the Olympic Games, Brazil, building on the core of the Olympic team, won several games, but after a 1: 2 defeat against Argentina on November 21, 2012, Mano Menezes was sacked. His successor was Luiz Felipe Scolari with the support of Carlos Alberto Parreira as technical director. With both of them, Brazil has already been world champion once (2002 and 1994).

The first game on February 6, 2013 under the direction of Scolaris was lost 2-1 to England at Wembley Stadium in London and only a draw was achieved in the following four games, before the first victory with a 3-0 against France followed. Brazil won the following Confederations Cup in 2013 after a group stage with no loss points and a 2-1 semi-final victory over Uruguay 3-0 in the final against Spain . In the first game after the Confed Cup, the Seleçao suffered a defeat again when they lost 1-0 to Switzerland in Basel. This defeat was also Brazil's first defeat against Switzerland since 1989. Brazil won all subsequent games. The high expectations for the home World Cup in 2014 the team was able to Neymar not meet. Brazil made it to the semi-finals , but was beaten 7-1 in a game against Germany on July 8, 2014 without their injured striker . For the Seleção, the encounter, which is also known as Mineiraço (meaning "shock of Mineirão "), was the first home defeat in a competitive game since 1975 and the highest defeat in their tournament history. In the final match for third place Brazil lost to the Netherlands with 0: 3 and was only fourth World Cup.

Since 2014: restart after the home World Cup

Brazil won the first ten games after the World Cup, all of which were friendly, including a 2-0 win against Argentina at Superclássico das Américas . This made Brazil one of the favorites at the 2015 Copa América , which took place in Chile . The team started with a 2-1 win against Peru, followed by a 0-1 loss against Colombia. In this game, Neymar got the red card for assault and was then suspended for the rest of the tournament. The decisive final group game was won 2-1 against Venezuela, which meant that the quarter-finals were reached. In this one failed after penalty shootout to Paraguay. For the first time in the history of the national team, Brazil was eliminated twice in a row in the quarter-finals. In the first six games in the South American World Cup qualification , the Brazilians won only two games and thus only finished sixth.

In the following Copa America they were eliminated in the preliminary round. Following the tournament, Carlos Dunga was fired. Tite became the new coach . Under him, the Seleção qualified as the first team after host Russia for the 2018 World Cup and replaced Argentina in April 2017 as the top runners in the FIFA world rankings . With twelve wins and 41 points, Brazil finished the World Cup as group winners. The 2017 calendar year ended with a 3-1 draw in Lille ( France ) against Japan and a goalless draw against England at Wembley Stadium in London . The new year began with a 3-0 win in Moscow against Russia and a 1-0 win in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin against Germany in the first meeting since the 7-1 defeat in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, before the World Cup squad in May 2018 was announced. In the group stage at the World Cup finals , Brazil met Switzerland , Costa Rica and Serbia . A 1-1 draw against Switzerland was followed by a 2-0 win against Costa Rica with two late goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar , before winning the group with a 2-0 win against Serbia. In the second round, the Brazilian side beat Mexico 2-0 before Tite's team were eliminated from the tournament in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 defeat against Belgium .

In the following eight games up to March 2019, there was a draw with eight wins. During this time, Arthur and David Neres made their debut for the Seleçao . In the group stage at the Copa América 2019 in their own country, Brazil will face Bolivia , Venezuela and Peru . After a draw against Venezuela and two wins against Bolivia and Peru, the Brazilian team qualified for the quarter-finals and prevailed there for the first time after penalties against Paraguay. Arch-rivals Argentina were beaten in the semifinals and Brazil won the Copa America for the first time since 2007 by beating Peru in the final.

Current squad

Brazilian national team ahead of the 2019 Copa América final against Peru

Squad for the friendly matches in November 2019 for the national teams of Argentina and South Korea , nominated on October 25, 2019:

  • Performance data as of November 19, 2019 (after the game against South Korea)
No. Surname birthday Age Games Gates society debut
Alisson Becker 10/02/1992 27 years 44 00 EnglandEngland Liverpool FC 2015
Santos 03/17/1990 30 years 00 00 BrazilBrazil Athletico Paranaense
Daniel Fuzato 07/04/1997 23 years 00 00 ItalyItaly AS Roma
Danilo 07/15/1991 29 years 25th 01 ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 2011
Emerson 01/14/1999 21 years 01 00 SpainSpain Betis Seville 2019
Felipe 05/16/1989 31 years 01 00 SpainSpain Atlético Madrid 2016
Renan Lodi 04/08/1998 22 years 04th 00 SpainSpain Atlético Madrid 2019
Marquinhos 05/14/1994 26 years 47 01 FranceFrance Paris Saint-Germain 2013
Éder Militão 01/18/1998 22 years 08th 00 SpainSpain real Madrid 2018
Alex Sandro 01/26/1991 29 years 23 01 ItalyItaly Juventus Turin 2011
Thiago Silva 09/22/1984 35 years 89 07th FranceFrance Paris Saint-Germain 2008
Arthur 08/12/1996 24 years 20th 00 SpainSpain FC Barcelona 2018
Casemiro 02/23/1992 28 years 46 03 SpainSpain real Madrid 2011
Philippe Coutinho 06/12/1992 28 years 61 17th GermanyGermany Bayern Munich 2010
Fabinho 10/23/1993 26 years 12 00 EnglandEngland Liverpool FC 2015
Douglas Luiz 05/09/1998 22 years 01 00 EnglandEngland Aston Villa 2019
Lucas Paquetá 08/27/1997 22 years 11 02 ItalyItaly AC Milan 2018
Roberto Firmino 10/02/1991 28 years 44 13 EnglandEngland Liverpool FC 2014
Gabriel Jesus 04/03/1997 23 years 39 18th EnglandEngland Manchester City 2016
Wesley Moraes 11/26/1996 23 years 00 01 EnglandEngland Aston Villa 2019
Richarlison 05/10/1997 23 years 19th 06th EnglandEngland Everton FC 2018
Rodrygo 01/09/2001 19 years 02 00 SpainSpain real Madrid 2019
Willian 08/09/1988 32 years 70 09 EnglandEngland Arsenal FC 2011

Statistics, names and records

Fans of the Brazilian team

Participation of Brazil in soccer world championships

Brazil has so far been the only national team to have played in every World Cup finals and is also the only team to have won a World Cup title on three of the four continents that host World Cup tournaments. With her World Cup victory in Sweden in 1958, she broke through for the first time the series that European teams always won in Europe and American teams in America; and she won again in 2002 in Japan and South Korea on another continent. However, the Brazilian selection is the only world champion so far, besides Spain, not yet able to win a title in their own country.

Brazil survived the preliminary round or first round 17 times. Only at the World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 and in England in 1966 was the Brazilian national team eliminated in the preliminary round and in the first round of the 1934 World Cup in Italy (round of 16). Brazil became the first country to become world champions for the third (1970) and fourth time (1994) and so far the only country for the fifth time (2002). With the third victory, which made Brazil record world champions, the first World Cup trophy passed into the possession of Brazil. Brazilian players were the top scorer in the World Cup (four times), with Garrincha being drawn by lot in 1962, as five other players, including the Brazilian Vavá , scored the same number of goals. With Ronaldo , Brazil provided the most successful World Cup goalscorer from 2006 to 2014 (15 goals), and Miroslav Klose has been more successful since the 2014 World Cup semi-finals . With 104 games after Germany (106 games), Brazil has played the most World Cup games, with 70 wins the most frequently left the field as the winner and with 221 goals scored the second most World Cup goals (after Germany - 224 goals) and leads the Eternal World Cup Table .

year Host country Participation until ... Last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1930 Uruguay Preliminary round Yugoslavia , Bolivia 6th Píndaro de Carvalho Rodrigues 1. Game against a European team
1934 Italy Round of 16 Spain 14th Luís Augusto Vinhaes 1st game in Europe
1938 France 3rd place match Sweden Third Adhemar Pimenta Leônida's top scorer
1950 Brazil Final round Sweden , Spain , Uruguay Vice world champion Flávio Costa Maracanaço , Ademir top scorer
1954 Switzerland Quarter finals Hungary 5. Zezé Moreira
1958 Sweden final Sweden World Champion Vicente Feola The only world title for a South American team in Europe
1962 Chile final Czechoslovakia World Champion Aymore Moreira Garrincha top scorer
1966 England Preliminary round Hungary , Bulgaria , Portugal 11. Vicente Feola
1970 Mexico final Italy World Champion Mario Zagallo 1st world champion in Central America, Brazil becomes record world champion
1974 Germany 3rd place match Poland Fourth Mario Zagallo
1978 Argentina 3rd place match Italy Third Cláudio Coutinho Brazil are the only team unbeaten
1982 Spain Second final round Argentina , Italy 5. Telê Santana Italy sets the record for Brazil with its 3rd World Cup title
1986 Mexico Quarter finals France 5. Telê Santana Defeat on penalties
1990 Italy Round of 16 Argentina 9. Sebastião Lazaroni With its 3rd World Cup title, Germany sets the record for Brazil and Italy
1994 United States final Italy World Champion Carlos Alberto Parreira Brazil once again sole record world champion, Romário best player
1998 France final France Vice world champion Mario Zagallo Ronaldo best player
2002 South Korea / Japan final Germany World Champion Luiz Felipe Scolari 1st World Champion in Asia, 1st World Cup game against Germany, Ronaldo top scorer
2006 Germany Quarter finals France 5. Carlos Alberto Parreira Ronaldo is the most successful World Cup goalscorer with his 15th World Cup goal. At the World Cup in 2014 he was selected by Miroslav Klose replaced
2010 South Africa Quarter finals Netherlands 6th Carlos Dunga
2014 Brazil 3rd place match Netherlands Fourth Luiz Felipe Scolari Biggest loss of a host in the semi-finals against Germany (1: 7)
2018 Russia Quarter finals Belgium 6th Tite Qualified as the first team after the host.

Participation of Brazil in the Confederations Cup

Brazil are record holders with seven appearances and record winners of the FIFA Confederations Cup with four titles . Brazil became the first team to win the title three times in a row.

year Host country Participation until ... Last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1992 Saudi Arabia not qualified
1995 Saudi Arabia not invited
1997 Saudi Arabia final Australia winner Mario Zagallo Denílson best player, Romário top scorer
1999 Mexico final Mexico Second Vanderlei Luxemburgo Ronaldinho best player and top scorer
2001 South Korea / Japan 3rd place match Australia Fourth Leão Only loss to Australia
2003 France Preliminary round Cameroon , Turkey , USA 5. Carlos Alberto Parreira Brazil are eliminated on points with Turkey due to the fewer goals scored.
2005 Germany final Argentina winner Carlos Alberto Parreira Adriano best player and top scorer
2009 South Africa final United States winner Dunga Kaká best player and Luís Fabiano top scorer
2013 Brazil final Spain winner Luiz Felipe Scolari Brazil wins for the third time in a row, making it the first team to win a FIFA tournament three times in a row.
Neymar best player, Júlio César best goalkeeper
2017 Russia not qualified
  1. According to the all-time ranking 1992–2009 [1] (PDF; 1.8 MB)
  2. The world champion was not invited to the first two events, so Brazil did not take part as the 1994 world champion


Record international player

As of November 19, 2019

Record international player Cafu
rank Surname Calls position Period
01. Cafu 142 Defense 1990-2006
02. Roberto Carlos 125 Defense 1992-2006
03. Dani Alves 24118 Defense 2006–
04th Lúcio 105 Defense 2000-2011
05. Neymar 101 midfield 2010–
Cláudio Taffarel 101 goalkeeper 1987-1998
07th Robinho 100 attack 2003-2017
08th. Ronaldo 098 attack 1994-2011
Djalma Santos 098 Defense 1952-1968
10. Ronaldinho 097 midfield 1999-2013
11. Gilberto Silva 093 midfield 2001-2010
Gilmar 02493 goalkeeper 1953-1969
13. Kaká 092 midfield 2002-2016
Pelé 092 attack 1957-1971
Roberto Rivelino 092 midfield 1965-1978

Chronicle of the record international players

Record holder since Number of games
Arnaldo, Arthur Friedenreich , Lagreca, Marcos, Nery July 8, 1916 3
Arnaldo, Arthur Friedenreich, Lagreca, Nery July 10, 1916 4-5
Arnaldo, Arthur Friedenreich, Lagreca July 18, 1916 6th
Arnaldo, Lagreca October 3, 1917 7-10
Arnaldo May 11, 1919 11-14
Arnaldo, Amílcar Barbuy October 15, 1922 14th
Amílcar Barbuy October 22, 1922 15th
Amílcar Barbuy, Arthur Friedenreich December 17, 1925 15th
Arthur Friedenreich December 25, 1925 16-17
Arthur Friedenreich, Afonsinho January 24, 1942 17th
Afonsinho January 31, 1942 18-19
Afonsinho, Domingos da Guia December 16, 1945 19th
Domingos da Guia December 20, 1945 20-25
Domingos da Guia, Jair da Rosa Pinto April 13, 1949 25th
Domingos da Guia , Jair da Rosa Pinto, Rui April 17, 1949 25th
Jair da Rosa Pinto April 24, 1949 26-37
Jair da Rosa Pinto, Ademir de Menezes March 1, 1953 37
Ademir de Menezes March 12, 1953 38-39
Ademir de Menezes, Zizinho March 27, 1953 39
Zizinho November 13, 1955 40-53
Zizinho, Nílton Santos March 10, 1959 53
Zizinho, Nílton Santos, Didi April 4th 1959 53
Nílton Santos, Didi May 13, 1959 54
Nílton Santos, Didi, Djalma Santos 17th September 1959 54
Djalma Santos 20th September 1959 55-98
Djalma Santos, Cláudio Taffarel June 23, 1998 98
Cláudio Taffarel June 27, 1998 99-102
Cláudio Taffarel, Cafu October 7, 2001 102
Cafu November 7, 2001 103-142
  1. Incl. a game by Taffarel on July 31, 1988 against the Swedish Olympic team and a game by Cafu against the Romanian B team on April 17, 1991, which are counted as an international match by the CBF, .br / confrontos / 30040.html ( memento from June 1, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) ( memento from June 1, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) by FIFA but not.

Data determined on the basis of the lists ( source )

Record goal scorers

Together with Hungary, Brazil has the most players who have scored at least 50 international goals and, after Germany, the most with at least 40 goals. Only Ali Daei (109), Cristiano Ronaldo (99) and Ferenc Puskás (84) scored more international goals than Pelé .

Record goalscorer Pelé in the 1958 World Cup final

As of November 19, 2019

rank Surname Gates Calls Quota Period
01. Pelé 77 92 0.84 1957-1971
02. Ronaldo 62 98 0.63 1994-2011
03. Neymar 61 101 0.60 2010–
04th Romario 55 70 0.79 1987-2005
05. Zico 48 72 0.67 1971-1989
06th Bebeto 39 75 0.52 1985-1998
07th Rivaldo 35 74 0.47 1993-2003
08th. Jairzinho 33 81 0.41 1963-1982
Ronaldinho 33 97 0.34 1999-2013
010. Ademir de Menezes 32 39 0.82 1945-1953
Tostao 32 54 0.59 1966-1972
012. Zizinho 30th 53 0.57 1942-1957
013. Careca 29 60 0.48 1982-1993
Kaká 29 92 0.32 2002-2016

Other well-known players


Source: RSSSF Brazil

National coach

Until 1923, the Brazilian national team was led by technical committees, which were nothing more than a group of players. They were responsible for jointly deciding which athletes were called up to the team.

A selection


FIFA World Ranking

Since the start of the FIFA world rankings in August 1993, the Brazilian team has been number one in 141 of the 256 months in which a world rankings were published. This corresponds to 55% of the time. Brazil was in first place for 4566 days, the longest of all teams. From July 1994 they were first for just over six years (73 months) and from July 2002 another four and a half years (54 months). In June 2013, 22nd place was the worst place so far and for the first time a place outside the top 20, also due to the fact that Brazil, as host of the 2014 World Cup, did not have to play any competitive games at that time. By winning the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 , Brazil was able to improve by 13 places and was now in 5th place (April to June, August and September 2015). In the April 2017 edition of the FIFA world rankings, Brazil came first for the first time in seven years with 1,661 points.


The tricot

The yellow and blue jerseys were designed by Aldyr Schlee only after the defeat at the Soccer World Cup in his own country in 1950 against Uruguay . Previously, the Seleção played in white jerseys. The white jersey was reintroduced in 2019 after 50 years. This will be used again as the away jersey for the 2019 Copa America . However, not completely white, as in the 1950 defeat, the pants remain blue.


The Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport voted the Brazilian national team in 1994 and 2002 " World Team of the Year ".

See also

Commons : Brazil National Soccer Team  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The FIFA / Coca-Cola World Ranking. In: July 16, 2020, accessed July 21, 2020 .
  2. Martin Curi: Friedenreich. The forgotten football genius . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2009. ISBN 978-3-89533-646-1 . P. 85.
  3. Martin Curi: Friedenreich. The forgotten football genius . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2009. ISBN 978-3-89533-646-1 . P. 77.
  4. Martin Curi: Friedenreich. The forgotten football genius . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2009. ISBN 978-3-89533-646-1 . P. 78.
  5. «Brazil broke Hungary's record» . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna 7 July 1972, p. 15 ( - the open online archive - digitized).
  8. Maicon does it with spin
  9. Luis Fabiano shoots the Seleçao into the second round
  10. : Non-aggression pact in a prestige duel
  11. Juan brings samba into the Brazilian game
  12. goal overturns the favorites
  13. Dunga is no longer a coach
  14. Mano Menezes takes over Brazil from July 24, 2010 on
  15. No Ronaldinho, no Adriano: Mano Menezes nominated Brazil's squad for the USA friendly on July 26, 2010 on
  16. All Players of Brazilian National Team on
  17. After Menezes-Aus: Brazil without haste
  18. Scolari is the new coach of the "Seleção"
  19. Germany's 7-1 against Brazil: What a game! In: Spiegel Online from July 9, 2014 (accessed July 9, 2014).
  20. The worst thing I've ever seen ( Memento from July 15, 2014 in the Internet Archive ).
  21. Brazil fails again - Netherlands third in the World Cup. In: FOOTBALL WM-Total, July 13, 2014, accessed on July 13, 2014 .
  22. Kader games November 2019 , report on from October 25, 2019, page in portug., Accessed on November 4, 2019
  23. According to the all-time FIFA World Cup Ranking 1930–2010 [2] (PDF; 200 kB)
  24. Dani Alves also played an unofficial game on October 7, 2006 before his first official international match, according to the CBF.
  25. Gilmar's rsssf statistics also list a game against Portugal on June 24, 1964, but this is not included in the FIFA statistics or other statistics.
  26. Marcelo Leme de Arruda: All Players of Brazilian National Team ( English ) The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation and RSSSF Brazil. Accessed January 30, 2019.
  27. Technical committees until 1923 , report on from June 14, 2019, page in portugal, accessed on June 14, 2019
  28. Marcelo Leme de Arruda: Brazilian National Team Coaches ( English ) The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Accessed January 30, 2019.
  29. Brazil No. 1 in the football world rankings (April 6, 2017) , accessed on October 11, 2019
  30. Reintroduction of the white jersey , report on of April 10, 2019, accessed on April 11, 2019