Brazil National Football team, canarinho

Early histroy

Brazil is synonymous with football and most people in world see them as a world power in the sport. So it is crazy to think that the routes of sport are traced back to Scotland!! Thomas Donohoe brought the sport to Brazil all the way from Busby and helped organize the first football match in April 1894. Brazil’s first game as a national team was played in 1914 against Exeter City a club team from England and from there the game took route in the heart of the Brazilian people. They experienced early success wining the South American Championships in 1919 and in 1922. However after this they went through a 20 year drought not picking up any major titles.

the 1950’s and Maracanazo

In 1950 Brazil hosted their first World Cup. They ended up making it to the finals and losing to Uruguay. This is documented and recognized as a national tragedy in Brazil and came to be known as La Maracanazo. However this devastation triggered something for Brazil and things were never the same. After this tragedy Brazil reinvented themselves and introduced new kit colors bringing forward the yellow and blue kits they are most recognized for today. However in the 1954 World Cup success still evaded them after they were beaten by Hungary in the quarter finals in one of the most brutal displays of football. The match was labeled as the Battle of Berne.

The first golden era

1958 is a special year for Brazil. Finally after a long title drought Brazil won the 1958 world cup becoming the first nation to win a world cup on a different continent. This was also the birth of one of the biggest names in world football, Pele. Alongside Zito and Garrincha this Brazil team is noted to one of the most passionate and fun teams to watch. This is highlighted in one of their first games of tournament against Russia in which they applied immediate and relentless pressure at the starting whistle. Scoring within the first 3 minutes of the match and making history later being dubbed “the greatest three minutes in the histroy of football”. They then won back to back World Cup titles as they won the 1962 tournament.

Brazil’s national soccer team poses before the World Cup final against Sweden in Stockholm, June 29, 1958. Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 to win the World Cup.

the second golden era

After the retirement of Pele Brazil went through quite the dry spell. Failing to capture World Cup glory and not claiming a national title until 1989 (a 40 year spell) when they won the Copa America. However they finally got back to their winning ways and in 1994 they won then-record 4th world cup in the USA. However even with the win the Brazilian public did not hold the title in high regard due to the lack of flair the squad had. After falling to France in 1998 Brazil then won the 2002 world cup with one of the best squads we have seen on the National stage. Lead by the three R’s, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho Brazil took the stage by storm with Ronaldo winning the golden boot scoring 8 goals in the tournament. The team also won the Laureus World Sports Award, which is awarded to the team of the year.

2002 World Cup Squad

Fun Facts

  • With 5 total world cup titles Brazil is the most successful country on the world stage
  • Brazil has the most goals scored in the World Cup with a whooping 229 goals
Pele leading goal scorer, 77
  • Pele is the youngest player to win a World cup at the age of 17
  • Ronaldo Nazario is the only player to ever win the Golden Ball (best player of the tournament) and the Golden Boot (most goals scored) in one tournament
Ronaldo Nazario