The Brazil national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Brasileira de Futebol) represents Brazil in men's international football and is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and a member of CONMEBOL since 1916.
Brazil is the most successful national team in the FIFA World Cup, being crowned winner five times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil also has the best overall performance in the World Cup, both in proportional and absolute terms, with a record of 73 victories in 109 matches played, 124 goal difference, 237 points, and 18 losses. Brazil is the only national team to have played in all World Cup editions without any absence nor need for playoffs.
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Main trophies: World Cup: 5 | Campeonato Sudamericano / Copa América: 9
Player records: Most games played: Cafu (142) | Top goalscorer: Pelé (77)
About Brazil National Football Team
The history of international football in Brazil began in 1914, when the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was established. In the same year, the Brazilian national football team participated in the first official game against Exeter City. Interestingly, the final score of this match is still a mystery.
In 1919, Brazil won its first major trophy by defeating Uruguay in the final of the South American Championship (later known as the Copa America). And in 1922, the team achieved this success again with a controversial 3-0 victory over Paraguay. Both tournaments are played at home in Brazil. In 1930, Brazil participated in the first World Cup held in Uruguay. But it wasn't until 1950 that Brazil made its first international claim after hosting the FIFA World Cup.
At the 1962 FIFA World Cup, Brazil won a second title with Garrincha as its star. But in the 1966 World Cup, Brazil did poorly. Against Portugal, several heavy tackles by the Portuguese defender resulted in Pelé leaving the game. Brazil lost the match, being eliminated in the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1934. After the game, Pelé announced that he no longer wanted to participate in the World Cup. Still, he returned in 1970. And this time, Pelé scored four goals. Brazil also managed to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for the third time (the first country to do so), meaning they were allowed to keep it.
After Pele retired, the team entered a dry spell. In the 1974 World Cup, they lost the tiebreaker with the Netherlands all-around football team, and finished fourth. After another disappointing performance at the 1986 World Cup, Brazil began to consider tweaking its football philosophy. So the team began to adopt a tight defensive scheme, a strategy that allowed Brazil to win its fourth Copa America in 1989, conceding just one goal in the entire match. The following period (1995-2007) saw Brazil win four more Copa America titles, but the World Cup remained their priority. In 1998, a team led by Ronaldo and Rivaldo came close to winning another title, but ultimately fell short.
The 2018 World Cup was seen by many as a redemption opportunity for Brazil. They beat Mexico 2-0 in the round of 16 as Neymar returned to the leaders, but the quarter-finals were once again an insurmountable obstacle. They lost 2-1 to Belgium despite having plenty of good scoring chances towards the end of the game.
Regardless, they have won the FIFA World Cup five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002) and four FIFA Confederations Cups, the most of any nation. They have the best overall record in World Cup history with 70 wins from 104 matches.