The Brazil national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Brasileira de Futebol) represents Brazil in international men's association football. Brazil is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil.

They have been a member of the FIFA since 1923 and member of the CONMEBOL since 1916. Brazil is the most successful national football team in international competition, winning the FIFA World Cup five times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil also has the best overall performance in World Cup history in both proportional and absolute terms with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played, 119 goal difference, 227 points, and only 17 losses.[9][9][9][9] Brazil is the only national team to have played in all World Cup editions without any absence nor need for playoffs.[9] The seleção is also the most successful national team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with four titles: 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013, being the winner of three of the last four tournaments.

The national football teams of Brazil, Argentina and France are the only national teams that have won the three most important men's titles recognized by FIFA: the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, and the Olympic tournament. They have also won their respective continental championship (Copa América for Brazil and Argentina, and UEFA European Championship for France).

Brazil has the all-time highest average Football Elo Rating with 2017.9, and the third all time highest Football Elo Rating with 2160 in 1962, only behind the Hungary Golden Team of 1954 and the German team of 2014. Many distinguished commentators consider the Brazil team of 1970 to be the greatest association football team ever, although some argue the case for other teams, such as the Brazil team of 1958 or 1962, with honorary mentions for the gifted 1982 side.[12][13][15][5][17][18][19][20]

Brazil is the only national team to have won the World Cup on four different continents: once in Europe (1958 Sweden), once in South America (1962 Chile), twice in North America (1970 Mexico and 1994 United States) and once in Asia (2002 Korea/Japan). They also share with Spain a record of 35 consecutive international matches undefeated.[109][109][109] A common quip about football is: "Os ingleses o inventaram, os brasileiros o aperfeiçoaram" ("The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it").[114]

History

Early history (1914–57)

It is generally believed that the first game of the Brazilian national football team was a 1914 match between a Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo select team and the English club Exeter City, held in Fluminense's stadium.[6][115] Brazil won 2–0 with goals by Oswaldo Gomes and Osman,[6][115] though it is claimed that the match was a 3–3 draw.[8]

In contrast to its future success, the national team's early appearances were not brilliant. Other early matches played during that time include several friendly games against Argentina (being defeated 3–0), Chile (first in 1916) and Uruguay (first on July 12, 1916).[31] 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.

After being victorious in a third South American Championship in 1949 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.

The Golden Era with Pelé (1958–70)

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Brazil's first match at home against Exeter City in 1914.

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.

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.[2][2]

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 and 2014 World Cups, France, Italy and Spain were also added to this list.[2] 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,[12][13][15][5] 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.

The dry spell (1971–93)

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, finishing in fourth place.[2]

In the second group stage of the 1978 World Cup, Brazil was competing 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 one of the classic games in World Cup finals history, eliminated them from the tournament in the match that they refer to as "Sarriá's Disaster", referencing the stadium's name. The 1982 team, with players like Sócrates, Zico, Falcão and Éder, is remembered as 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. At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Brazil was coached by Sebastião Lazaroni. 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.

Return to winning ways (1994–2002)

Brazil went 24 years without winning a World Cup or even participating in a final. Their struggles ended at the 1994 tournament in the United States, where a solid side headed by Romário, Bebeto, Dunga, Cláudio Taffarel and 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 in San Francisco, a 3–2 win over the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in Dallas, and a 1–0 victory over Sweden in the semi-finals in Los Angeles. This set up Brazil vs. Italy in the final once again in Los Angeles, which was less than 2,000 miles away from Mexico City, where Brazil had won their previous World Cup in 1970, ironically after beating Italy. After a 0–0 draw, penalty kicks loomed and Brazil became champions once again.

Entering the 1998 World Cup as defending champions, Brazil finished runner-up. After a respectable campaign during which they beat the Netherlands on penalties in the semi-final following a 1–1 draw, the team lost to the host France 3–0 in the final.

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The Brazil national team at the 1959 Copa América.

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.[2] Ronaldo also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament's leading scorer.

World Cup drought (2006–present)

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

Brazil won the 2004 Copa América, their third win in four competitions since 1997[39] Brazil also won the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup for the second time.[40] Manager Carlos Alberto Parreira built his side through a 4–2–2–2 formation. Nicknamed the "Magic Square", the attack was built around four players: Ronaldo, Adriano, Kaká and Ronaldinho.

In the 2006 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.

Dunga was hired as Brazil's new team manager in 2006.[41] 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 to seal their third Confederations Cup title.[2] 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.[2] 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.[44]

Return of Luiz Felipe Scolari (2013–14)

In November 2012, coach Mano Menezes was sacked and replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari.[45][46]

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Brazilian national football airplane in 2002.

On 6 June 2013, Brazil was ranked 22nd in the FIFA ranking, their lowest-ever rank.[47] Brazil entered the 2013 Confederations Cup with the objective of defending their title. In the final, Brazil faced Spain,[48] winning 3–0 and sealing their fourth Confederations Cup title.[117][50] 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.

Brazil was drawn into Group A of the 2014 World Cup, alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. In the opening match of the tournament, Marcelo scored an own goal for Croatia, however two goals from Neymar and one from Oscar turned the game around to get the Seleção off to a winning start in their first World Cup on home soil in 64 years.[24] The team then drew 0–0 with Mexico, as Guillermo Ochoa produced a man of the match performance in the Mexican goal. Brazil confirmed qualification to the knockout stage by defeating Cameroon 4–1 with Neymar again scoring twice, and Fred and Fernandinho providing further goals.[72]

Brazil faced Chile in the round of 16, taking an 18th-minute lead through David Luiz's first goal for the Seleção. With no further scoring after Alexis Sánchez's equaliser, the match went to a penalty shootout. Brazil prevailed 3–2, with Neymar, David Luiz and Marcelo converting their kicks, and goalkeeper Júlio César saving from Chileans Alexis Sánchez and Mauricio Pinilla.[18] The team again faced South American opposition in the quarter-final, defeating Colombia 2–1 with goals from central defenders David Luiz and the team captain Thiago Silva. Late in the match, Neymar was substituted on a stretcher after Juan Camilo Zúñiga's knee had made contact with the forward's back. Neymar was taken to hospital and later diagnosed with a fractured vertebra, which ruled him out for the remainder of the tournament.[56] 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.[57] 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.[58] 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.[60]

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

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.[61] The only other countries to concede 12 or more goals in the current World Cup format are North Korea and Saudi Arabia.[62] Following these results, Scolari announced his resignation.[63]

Return of Dunga (2014–2016)

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.[3]

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 a 83rd-minute Neymar free-kick goal.[3] Dunga followed this up with wins against Ecuador (1–0),[3] in the 2014 Superclásico de las Américas against Argentina (2–0),[3] against Japan (4–0),[3] against Turkey (0–4),[3] and against Austria (1–2).[3] 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).

2015 Copa América

Brazil started the tournament with a victory against Peru after coming from behind by 2–1 (with Douglas Costa scoring in the dying moments),[3] followed by a 1–0 defeat against Colombia[3] and a 2–1 victory against Venezuela.[3] 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.[23] 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.[24]

Copa América Centenario

Brazil began the tournament with a scoreless draw against Ecuador, with the Ecuadorians having a goal wrongly disallowed in the second half.[25] This was followed by an emphatic 7–1 victory over Haiti, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a hat-trick.[26] 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.[27][28] This loss, Brazil's first loss to Peru since 1985,[29] saw Brazil eliminated from the tournament in the group stage for the first time since 1987.[30][31][32]

Tite era (2016–)

On 14 June 2016, Dunga was sacked as manager of Brazil.[84] Tite, who had managed the 2015 Brazilian champion and the 2012 World Club Cup Champions, Corinthians, was confirmed as his replacement six days later.[85] Tite's debut was marked with an away victory against Ecuador by 3–0 on 2 September,[119] 2–1 win over Colombia, 5–0 shocking 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.[120] Brazil then defeated Paraguay 3–0 to become the first team, other than the hosts Russia, to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[121]

Olympics

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Brazil and Chile in 2010.

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.

Nicknames

The Brazilian national team with many nicknames and are known in different parts of the world by various nicknames. Nicknames for the squad in Brazil include Canarinho, meaning "Little Canary", a phrase that was popularized by the late cartoonist Fernando "Mangabeira" Pieruccetti during the 1950 World Cup.[86] Other names like Amarelinha, "Little Yellow One", Verde-amarelo, or "Green-Yellow", Pentacampeão, "Five-time Champions",[87] Esquadrão de Ouro (the Golden Squad), some Latin American commentators often refer to the Brazil National team El Scratch (The Scratch),[88] among others.

Kit evolution

Brazil's first team colors were white with blue collars, but following defeat in the Maracanã at 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 kit incorporating the four colors of the Brazilian flag. The winning design was a yellow jersey with green trim and blue shorts with white trim drawn by Aldyr Garcia Schlee, a nineteen-year-old from Pelotas.[9] The new colors were first used in March 1954 in a match against Chile, and have been used ever since.

The use of blue as the away kit color dates from the 30s, 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 spare kit, hurriedly purchased a set of blue shirts and sewed on emblems cut from their yellow shirts.[9]

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Brazil won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with 5 wins in 5 matches.
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil team
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Brazil players with their gold medals from the 2016 Summer Olympics
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Venues

Brazil do not have a home national stadium like many other national teams, and rotate their home World Cup qualifying matches in various venues throughout the country, such as the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Since September 2006, Brazil have played many international friendlies at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London, England. Brazil also plays a number of international friendlies in the United States.

Brazil's training camp is the Granja Comary in Teresópolis, located 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Rio de Janeiro.[9] Granja Comary was opened in 1987,[9] and underwent significant renovations in 2013 and 2014.

Competitive record

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 have won a total of 64 official international titles to professional and grassroots level selections, what constitutes a world record.[9]

FIFA World Cup

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 is the only national team to have played in all FIFA World Cup editions without having any absence.

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
1930Group Stage6th210152
1934Round 114th100113Automatically qualified
1938Third Place3rd53111411Automatically qualified
1950Runners-up2nd6411226Qualified as hosts
1954Quarter-Finals5th311185440081
1958Champions1st6510164211021
1962Champions1st6510145Qualified as defending champions
1966Group Stage11th310246Qualified as defending champions
1970Champions1st66001976600232
1974Fourth Place4th732264Qualified as defending champions
1978Third Place3rd74301036420171
1982Round 25th54011564400112
1986Quarter-Finals5th5410101422062
1990Round of 169th4301424310131
1994Champions1st75201138521204
1998Runners-up2nd74121410Qualified as defending champions
2002Champions1st7700184189363117
2006Quarter-Finals5th5401102189723517
2010Quarter-Finals6th531194189723311
2014Fourth Place4th73221114Qualified as hosts
2018Qualified1812514111
Total5 titles21/2110470171722110211068301224070
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGASquad
1992Did not qualify
1995
1997Champions1st5410142Squad
1999Runners-up2nd5401186Squad
2001
Fourth place4th512233Squad
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The training camp entrance.
2003
Group stage5th311133Squad
2005Champions1st5311126Squad
2009Champions1st5500145Squad
2013Champions1st5500143Squad
2017Did not qualify
Total4 titles7/103323557828-
Copa América record
YearRoundPositionGoWD*LGSGA
1975Third Place3rd6501164
1979Third Place3rd6222109
1983Runners-up2nd824285
1987Group Stage5th210154
1989Champions1st7520111
1991Runners-up2nd7412128
1993Quarter-Finals5th412164
1995Runners-up2nd6420103
1997Champions1st6600223
1999Champions1st6600172
2001Quarter-Finals6th420254
2004Champions1st6321136
2007Champions1st6411155
2011Quarter-Finals8th413064
2015Quarter-Finals5th421154
2016Group Stage9th311172
2019Qualified
Total5 titles16/168549211516868

Results and fixtures

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2017

2018

Players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the friendly matches against  Japan on 10 November and  England on 14 November 2017.[9]
Caps and goals as of November 14, 2017 after the match against England.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKAlisson(1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 220 Roma
161GKCássio(1987-06-06) June 6, 1987 10 Corinthians
231GKEderson(1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 10 Manchester City

22DFDani Alves (1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 1057 Paris Saint-Germain
32DFMiranda(1984-09-07) September 7, 1984 431 Internazionale
42DFJemerson(1992-08-24) August 24, 1992 20 Monaco
62DFAlex Sandro(1991-01-26) January 26, 1991 100 Juventus
122DFMarcelo(1988-05-12) May 12, 1988 506 Real Madrid
132DFMarquinhos(1994-05-14) May 14, 1994 240 Paris Saint-Germain
142DFThiago Silva(1984-09-22) September 22, 1984 675 Paris Saint-Germain
222DFDanilo(1991-07-15) July 15, 1991 160 Manchester City

53MFCasemiro(1992-02-23) February 23, 1992 200 Real Madrid
83MFRenato Augusto(1988-02-08) February 8, 1988 275 Beijing Guoan
113MFPhilippe Coutinho(1992-06-12) June 12, 1992 328 Liverpool
153MFPaulinho(1988-07-25) July 25, 1988 4611 Barcelona
173MFFernandinho(1985-05-04) May 4, 1985 412 Manchester City
183MFGiuliano(1990-05-31) May 31, 1990 140 Fenerbahçe
193MFWillian(1988-08-09) August 9, 1988 538 Chelsea
203MFDiego(1985-02-28) February 28, 1985 344 Flamengo

74FWDouglas Costa(1990-09-14) September 14, 1990 223 Juventus
94FWGabriel Jesus(1997-04-03) April 3, 1997 137 Manchester City
104FWNeymar(1992-02-05) February 5, 1992 8353 Paris Saint-Germain
214FWRoberto Firmino(1991-10-02) October 2, 1991 185 Liverpool
244FWTaison(1988-01-13) January 13, 1988 51 Shakhtar Donetsk
254FWDiego Souza(1985-06-17) June 17, 1985 72 Sport Recife

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the Brazil squad in the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKDiego Alves(1985-06-24) June 24, 1985 100 Flamengov.  Australia, June 13, 2017
GKWeverton(1987-12-13) December 13, 1987 20 Atlético Paranaensev.  Australia, June 13, 2017

DFRodrigo Caio(1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 40 São Paulov.  Chile, October 10, 2017
DFJorge(1996-03-28) March 28, 1996 10 Monacov.  Chile, October 10, 2017
DFFilipe Luís(1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 312 Atlético Madridv.  Bolivia, October 5, 2017 INJ
DFFagner(1989-06-11) June 11, 1989 30 Corinthiansv.  Colombia, September 5, 2017
DFDavid Luiz(1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 563 Chelseav.  Australia, June 13, 2017
DFGil(1987-06-12) June 12, 1987 110 Shandong Luneng Taishanv.  Australia, June 13, 2017
DFRafinha(1985-09-07) September 7, 1985 40 Bayern Munichv.  Australia, June 13, 2017
DFMariano(1986-06-23) June 23, 1986 00 Galatasarayv.  Paraguay, March 28, 2017

MFFred(1993-03-05) March 5, 1993 60 Shakhtar Donetskv.  Chile, October 10, 2017
MFArthur(1996-08-12) August 12, 1996 00 Grêmiov.  Chile, October 10, 2017
MFRodriguinho(1988-03-27) March 27, 1988 20 Corinthiansv.  Australia, June 13, 2017
MFLucas Lima(1990-07-09) July 9, 1990 142 Santosv.  Argentina, June 9, 2017 INJ

FWDiego Tardelli(1985-05-10) May 10, 1985 143 Shandong Luneng Taishanv.  Chile, October 10, 2017
FWLuan(1993-03-27) March 27, 1993 20 Grêmiov.  Colombia, September 5, 2017
FWDudu(1992-01-07) January 7, 1992 31 Palmeirasv.  Paraguay, March 28, 2017
  • PRE Preliminary squad / standby
  • INJ Injury
  • SUS Suspension

Previous squads

Most capped players

As of November 14, 2017
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
#NameCapsGoalsFirst capLatest cap
1Cafu1425September 12, 1990July 1, 2006
2Roberto Carlos12511February 26, 1992July 1, 2006
3Dani Alves1057October 10, 2006November 14, 2017
Lúcio1054November 15, 2000September 5, 2011
5Claudio Taffarel1010July 7, 1988July 12, 1998
6Robinho10028July 13, 2003January 25, 2017
7Djalma Santos983April 10, 1952June 9, 1968
Ronaldo9862March 23, 1994June 7, 2011
9Ronaldinho9733June 26, 1999April 24, 2013
10Gilmar940March 1, 1953June 12, 1969

Top goalscorers

As of November 14, 2017[27]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
#NameGoalsCapsAverageFirst capLatest capPosition
1Pelé (list)77920.84July 7, 1957July 18, 1971FW
2Ronaldo (list)62980.64March 23, 1994June 7, 2011FW
3Romário (list)55700.79May 23, 1987April 27, 2005FW
4Neymar (list)53830.63August 10, 2010November 14, 2017FW
5Zico (list)48710.67February 25, 1976June 21, 1986MF
6Bebeto (list)39750.52April 28, 1985July 12, 1998FW
7Rivaldo35740.46December 16, 1993November 19, 2003MF
8Jairzinho (list)33810.40June 7, 1964March 3, 1982FW
Ronaldinho (list)33970.34June 26, 1999April 24, 2013MF
10Ademir32390.82January 21, 1945March 15, 1953FW
Tostão (list)32540.59May 15, 1966July 9, 1972FW

Current technical staff

PositionName
Head coach Tite
Assistant coach Cléber Xavier
Goalkeeping coach Cláudio Taffarel
Fitness coach Fábio Mahseredjian
General coordinator Edu Gaspar

Titles

Senior team

Official titles

Friendly titles

World Soccer (magazine)

  • World Team of the Year
    • Winners (2): 1982, 2002

Team for Olympics & Pan American Games

See also

Notes

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