Brazilian team has two runners-up and 14 early eliminations
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Published on 11/18/2022 - 07:00 By Carlos Molinari - TV Brasil - Brasília
Every Brazilian is proud to be a five-time world champion, living up to the title of soccer country. In a brief retrospective of past World Cups, the first episodes are of the editions in which the Cup went to the Canarinho team.
“The World Cup is ours, with the Brazilian there is no one who can”, the march sung by the group “Titulares do Ritmo” celebrates the first time that the selection was champion. At the time, Brazilians listened to the matches that took place in Europe on the radio. Incidentally, the selection of Pelé, Garrincha, Didi, Gylmar, Zagalo and company only faced European opponents from start to finish. It won five games, drew one and defeated the host Sweden in the final by an impressive 5-2. A title that was more than deserved.
Four years later, with the same basis as the previous Cup, Brazil became champion for the second time. There was, it is true, a change of coach: Vicente Feola left for Aymoré Moreira. Coincidentally, the conquest also came with five wins and a draw. Pelé was injured in the second match and was replaced by Amarildo from then on. And the coach only used twelve players in six matches. In the final, Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 and celebrated in Santiago.
“90 million in action, forward, Brazil, save the national team”. Miguel Gustavo's praise song has become the eternal football anthem and is associated both with the third world championship and with the time when the military dictatorship was at its peak. The coach, now, was Zagalo and Brazil could afford to have an attack with Tostão, Rivelino, Pelé and Jairzinho. In six games, six wins and brilliant moves gave Brazil the definitive possession of the Jules Rimet Cup. In the decision, a merciless defeat in Italy: 4 to 1.
United States (1994)
After a long fast of 24 years without a title, Brazil became four-time world champion with a generation that began to emerge at the Seoul Olympics (1988). Romário, Bebeto, Taffarel, Jorginho, Branco and company, under the command of Carlos Alberto Parreira, had a solid campaign, with five wins and two draws until the title. In the decision, a very nervous match against Italy. Tie 0-0 in normal time and extra time and victory only on penalties 3-2.
Japan and South Korea (2002)
In a World Cup held between two eastern countries, Brazil arrived with several stars, but embittering a weak campaign in the Qualifiers. The selection, with Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Marcos and Cafu, went through all the opponents, with seven wins in seven games under the command of Luiz Felipe Scolari. In the decision, in Japan, Brazil beat Germany 2-0, with two goals from Ronaldo and took the fifth championship. After that he could no longer reach a decision.
In addition to the five titles, Brazil was world runner-up twice:
The country prepared to be champion in 1950, organized the World Cup, built the largest stadium in the world at the time, with a capacity for 200,000 people, put together a squad with stars such as Ademir, Zizinho, Jair, Chico and Friaça, but forgot to combine with Uruguay. The small neighboring country overthrew Brazil, in the middle of Maracanã, with a fateful goal by Ghiggia in the 35th minute of the 2nd half. The whole country mourned the defeat and many people swore never to watch football again because of that defeat.
Under the command of coach Zagalo, Brazil had a great opportunity to be champion in the last Cup of the 20th century. The team of Bebeto, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Cafu and Roberto Carlos reached the decision against hosts France with an air of favorites, after eliminating the Netherlands in the semifinals, on penalties. At the Saint-Denis stadium everything went wrong. Ronaldo felt sick before the game. Zidane scored two headed goals in the 1st half and France walked on top of the selection, winning 3-0 and advanced the penta for four years.
Brazil, the only country that has participated in every Cup since the first edition in Uruguay (1930), has reached the following positions over the years:
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