Brazil Soccer – A mix of Art, Sport, and Culture!

by William Reid

Brazil Soccer is a two-part word that brings joy to the face of every Brazilian football fan. The Brazilian team is the only country in the world to participate in every single world cup, and as the five-time champions of the game, they can’t be taken any less seriously than Spain.

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Locally Brazil football is not just a sport but a form of art that every child is taught. Whether someone is a dweller of Rio de Janeiro or from Ipanema beach, whether they like playing on a professional soccer field or the grounds in the countryside, if they’re Brazilian, you can blindly predict them playing soccer from sunrise; to sunset!

For the Brazilian populace, the game of soccer is more than a competition. The playing field is not only a territory for athletic achievements but also a stage of exceptionally creative body motions. Players participate in the game to show off their natural talent of turning the ball into an extension of their bodies. The control and movements are highly skillful and can’t be achieved without constant practice.

Brazil: The land of the Holy Cross

The Federative Republic of Brazil, or the Land of the Holy Cross, is the most extensive state in Latin America and South America, with a population of more than 214 million. With stunning hills and beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, the country is well known for its colorful cities, Amazon rainforest and river, the monument of Christ the redeemer, Brazilian carnival, the Samba tune, and of course, Soccer!

Brazilian people are primarily of European or mixed heritage. Portuguese is the language spoken throughout Brazil, and with it being the world’s 5th most populated country, the Brazilian version of Portuguese even wins over the Portugal version.

With over 400 airports in the state and a healthy, prosperous economy, Brazil is also famous for its free sex-altering surgeries. Most people in Brazil are Catholics by faith, followed by atheists and other religions.

Brazil is a bright, fun country, with many famous artists and athletes conquering the world. Let it be Pele or Neymar who made records in the world of football to Alice Braga or Fernanda Montenegro working their way up in the field of cinematics; Brazilian people had been priding their country’s name in all the books of records.

Brazil Soccer: Background and Overview

“O País do Futebol,” the country of football, is the name given to Brazil due to its significant inclination toward the sport. Soccer has a huge impact on the culture of Brazil, with every teenager playing the sport as a pastime or planning to pursue it as a passion.

Brazil soccer is world famous, but the team started with many rough appearances. Several friendly games played by the Brazil national football team against Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, etc., turned out to be disasters for their name. However, in 1919, under the goalscoring abilities of Arthur Friedenreich, the team won the South American Championship at home and held the title in 1922 also.

The team played its first world cup in 1930 in Uruguay but got eliminated after winning a match against Bolivia but was defeated by Yugoslavia.

Later they lost to Spain during the first round in 1934 but reached the semi-finals in 1938. For the 1954 Worldcup, the team’s colors were fully renovated to green and yellow from the national flag. The team lost the Battle of Berne in the quarter-final.

In the late 1950s, the golden period for the Brazil national football team started when they won their first World cup title beating Sweden in the finals. 

Pele is one of the most famous Brazilian football players of all time, who led brazil soccer in a completely new direction, winning three championships for the state.

The game of soccer has known to bring the Brazilian populace together. People often leave work to go to the football games. It’s more than just a sport or an athletic inclination. It is more like a passion for every citizen of the Brazilian republic.

Politicians and artists cash this opportunity a lot. General elections are typically held the same year as the world cup. Many retired players are frequently elected as government officials and political leaders.

Golden Era for Brazil Soccer

The record-making era of Brazil football started in 1958, when Brazil defeated Sweden in the finals, under the goalscorer Pete, winning their first official title as the World soccer champions.

With Garrincha as the show’s star, Brazil won their second title in the 1962 world cup, when Pete got injured during a game against Czechoslovakia and couldn’t play in the entire series afterward.

In 1970, Brazil won its third world cup in Mexico, after serving its worst performance in 1966. Garrincha had retired, but under the captainship of Pele, this world cup winning squad is yet known as the strongest and most eligible football team brazil has ever sent into the grounds. Jairzinho was the only player, scoring goals in every match throughout the cup. The team won all six of their games against several different teams. Also, Brazil became the first nation to hold the Jules Rimet Trophy.

After the international retirement of Pele, the drought period started for Brazil soccer. The team didn’t play very well from 1974 to 1990 and spent 24 years without winning a world cup or even participating in the finals.

However, in 1994 the team won its fourth title in the United States. Brazil finished as runner-ups in the 1998 world cup and finally won the title back for the fifth time in the 2002 world cup held in south Korea and japan. The 2002 Brazil national football team is popular among the millennials because of the 3R’s, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho. The team’s success led them to receive the Laureus World Sports Award for the Team of the Year.

Brazil won the Copa America in 2004 and also won the 2005 FIFA confederations cup because of the exceptional play by the magic quarter; the attack builds around four players, including Ronaldo, Adriano, Kaká, and Ronaldinho.

However, the next drought from the team started in 2006 and is still ongoing.

Greatest Performance by Brazil Soccer Team

The world cup of 1970 is undoubtedly the best Brazilian national football team performance. Brazil scored 19 goals in 6 games, with Carlos Alberto scoring one of the best goals of all time. The attacking squad of the team, under players such as Pele, Gerson, Rivelino, and Tostao, was brilliant, and the team thrashed Italy with a score of 4-1 in the finals.

2014 World FIFA Cup

Hosting the 20th FIFA world cup in 2014, Brazil became the 5th country to have hosted the world cup twice.

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The team started their first game against Croatia, winning the first opening game after 64 years on the home ground. The team later tightened their uniforms against Mexico, Chile, and Colombia before losing to the Germans. Neymar was taken off the tournament because of a fractured vertebra, and Thiago Silva served a one-match suspension after receiving his second yellow card of the game.

Brazil as the World Cup Host

Brazil hosted two FIFA world cups and is among the five countries out of the total 17 hosts to ever do so.

Brazil hosted the tournament in 1950 for the first time and re-hosted the cup in 2014. A total of 64 matches were played in 12 venues across the country. However, the host country, Brazil, got defeated by Germany in a 7-1 game in the semifinals.

Brazil National Football Team

The current Brazil national football team consists of the following exceptional players.

Forward, midfielders and defenders

  • Neymar
  • Vini Jr.
  • Raphinha
  • Richarlison
  • Gabriel Jesus
  • Lucas Paqueta
  • Dani Alves
  • Thiago Silva
  • Anthony
  • Matheus Cunha
  • Rodrygo
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Gabriel Martinelli
  • Fred
  • Danilo
  • Bruno Guimarães
  • Hulk
  • Alex Telles
  • Everton Soares
  • Diago Carlos
  • Leo Ortiz
  • Alex Sandro
  • Malcom
  • Mirenda

Goal keepers

  • Allison
  • Ederson
  • Weverton

Apart from this list, many excellent players are playing soccer for Brazil.

Best striker of all time

Pele holds the record for the most goals served in the game of soccer, totaling 77. Pele is also the sole player to have won the world cup on three different occasions, comfortably illustrated as the most fantastic striker of the Brazilian national football team in all of history.

Names Given to the Squad

The Brazil national football team is recognized by multiple screens and nicknames around the globe. Some of the most popular nicknames of the squad include:

  • Canarinho, meaning ‘Little Canary’, in reference to a small yellow bird found in Brazil.
  • Amarelinha, meaning the “Little Yellow One” 
  • Seleção meaning “The National Squad” 
  • Verde-amarela or the “Green and Yellow” 
  • Pentacampeão meaning the “Five-time Champions”
  • Esquadrão de Ouro refers to “The Golden Squad”


For Brazilian people, football is so much more than a sport. The team has been going through a rough, dry patch for years, but with constant hard work, Brazil will surely get its top position back from Spain in no time under the coachmanship of Tite and the captainship of Thiago Silva.

The Brazil national football team, also known as Selecao, represents Brazil in men’s international football under the governing body, the Brazilian Football Confederation. Being a member of FIFA since 1923, Brazil has hosted the world cup twice and has been a five-time champion. 

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Talented men’s football players include Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Neymar, and Kaká. In contrast, the most famous female star in women’s national football is named Marta.

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