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Team Profile: Brazil

Brazil is arguably the most successful team in football history. They`re the only team to have won the World Cup five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) and also the only country present in all editions of the tournament.



Team: Brazil

Group: G

Colours: Gold shirts, blue shorts and white socks.

Nickname: A Selecao (the national team) is the most common, O Canarinho (Little Canary) also crops up as does Verde-Amarelho (Green-Yellow).

Previous World Cup appearances: (18) 1930, 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006. The only team to have played at every tournament.

Best World Cup performance: Winners - 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002; 2nd place - 1950, 1998

Coach: Dunga

Most capped player: Cafu 148 caps

Top scorer: Pele 77

Confederation: Conmebol

FIFA Ranking (Apr 10) : 1

BACKGROUND

Brazil is arguably the most successful team in football history. They`re the only team to have won the World Cup five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002) and also the only country present in all editions of the tournament. The only major competition that Brazil has yet to win is the Olympic Games.

HOW THEY QUALIFIED

Brazil qualified comfortably in first place of the South American qualifiers.

STRENGTHS

There are two major qualities of the team assembled by Dunga: set-pieces and counter-attack. Corner Kicks and free kicks close to the box are taken with efficiency by Elano and the center-backs join the forwards to threat the opposite goal. The counter-attacks are usually led by the lightning speed of Kaka.

WEAKNESSES

Brazil struggles when facing teams that just sit on the back, defending well. The passing game is not sharp or quick enough to get through. The Brazilian defence is pretty strong, but the left side is a little fragile.

COACH

The nomination of Dunga, in 2006, was highly criticised by the media because of his lack of experience. His results, however, proved that he was good enough for the job. Dunga likes to play in the 4-2-3-1 formation, but often relies on the 4-3-1-2.

STAR MEN

Kaka (Real Madrid): The best Brazilian player today is a leader within the national team. The best player in the world in 2007 will make his third appearance in the World Cup. He already has a title in 2002.

Luis Fabiano (Sevilla): The center-forward position was up for grabs in the Brazilian team for a while, but after a strong performance against Uruguay in the qualifiers, Fabiano settled himself as the owner of the number 9 shirt. He finished the qualifiers as Brazil`s top-scorer.

Julio Cesar (Inter): Probably since the golden days of Taffarel, we didn`t see such a safe and spectacular goalkeeper as Julio Cesar. The former Flamengo star will appear as a starter in a World Cup for the first time, so his motivation will be sky-high.

BEST FOOTBALLING MOMENT

The 1970 Brazilian Team, arguably the best team in world football history, was winning the final of the World Cup against Italy, 3-1. But for that amazing side, that wasn`t enough. A spectacular team effort that started with a series of dribbles by Clodoaldo and ended with a fantastic pass by Pele that allowed Carlos Alberto to score the fourth goal put the match away and crowned a perfect tournament.

OFF THE PITCH

Famous for: `Carnaval`, a popular party that lasts 4 days and involves parades, Samba music and beautiful women.

Most likely to: Brazilian fans like to bring the `Carnaval` to the World Cup. It`s not unusual to see people with large music instruments in the stadiums.

WORLD CUP OBJECTIVE

As it happens with Brazil in every World Cup, the goal is to win the event.

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