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Brazil national football team

Brazil national football team
National Football Team
NameBrazil
NicknameCanarinha
(Little Canary)
A Seleção
(The Selection)
Verde-Amarela
(Green and Yellow)
Samba Boys Pentacampeões
(Five Time Champion)
AssociationConfederação Brasileira de Futebol
(Brazilian Football Confederation)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachMano Menezes
CaptainLúcio
Most capsCafu (142)
Top scorerPelé (77)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeBRA
FIFA ranking7
Highest FIFA ranking1
Lowest FIFA ranking8 (August 1993)
Elo ranking4
Highest Elo ranking1
Lowest Elo ranking18 (November 2001)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalArgentina 3 0 Brazil Brazil
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; September 20, 1914)
Biggest winBrazil Brazil 14 0 Nicaragua
(Mexico; October 17, 1975)
Biggest defeatUruguay 6 0 Brazil Brazil
(Viña del Mar, Chile; September 18, 1920)
Appearances19
First World Cup1930
Best resultWinners, 1958, 1962,
1970, 1994, 2002
Regional cup statistics
Copa América
Appearances32
First apps.1916
Best resultWinners, 1919, 1922,
1949, 1989, 1997, 1999,
2004, 2007
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances3
First apps.1996
Best result2nd place, 1996 and 2003
Confederations Cup Statistics
Appearances6
First apps.1997
Best resultWinners, 1997, 2005, 2009

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The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in international men's football and is controlled by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They are a member of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) since 1923 and also a member of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) since 1916. Brazil is the most successful national football team in the history of the FIFA World Cup, with five championships. They are also the most successful team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with three titles. At continental level, Brazil has won eight Copa América titles.

Brazil are the current holders of the FIFA Confederations Cup after winning the 2005 and the 2009 edition of the tournament. Brazil is currently ranked fifth by FIFA and is consistently considered the strongest football nation in the world, and has also been marked as one of the most competitive teams of each decade since the 1960s. Brazil are the only national team to have played in every World Cup finals.

Brazil is the only team to have won the championship in four different continents; once in Europe (1958 Sweden), once in South America (1962 Chile), twice in North America (1970 Mexico and 1994 USA) and once in Asia (2002 S. Korea-Japan). A common quip about football is: "Os ingleses o inventaram, os brasileiros o aperfeiçoaram" ("The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it").

Brazil is currently coached by Mano Menezes, who was appointed to replace Dunga after the 2010 World Cup. Brazil is scheduled to host the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup and therefore, they are automatically qualified for the tournaments.


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