Brazil as far as the world cup is concerned has recorded the best performances. It is the only team that has taken part in all 18 World cup competitions and has registered the highest number of successes in the final; 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002. They also were runners up in 1950 and 1998. It’s indeed a great team in world football.In their qualification race under their coach and former player Dunga, they sailed through the potentially tricky South American world cup group, booking some away win like in Uruguay, Venezuela and the 3-1 defeat over Argentina. Their biggest problems were at home facing massed defences like Argentina, Columbia and Venezuela. Their only defeats in the 18 matches were against Paraguay and Bolivia. By then, they had already grabbed a ticket to South Africa 2010.
Statistically, one in three hosts win the World Cup - and you would hardly bet against Brazil next summer. They have excellent players, of course, albeit without the proliferation of world-class stars that have graced the very best Brazilian sides. Only Neymar really stands out. But their performances in winning the Confederations Cup this summer were better than anticipated and if they can maintain the fabulous work ethic they demonstrated in that tournament then they have a real chance. Brazil are the only nation to have played at every World Cup, winning the competition a record five times, latterly in 2002
Coach: Reappointed in November last year, 2002 World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has recovered from a poor start to his second spell in charge to shape Brazil into a side he is "100% sure…will be the champion" next summer. The 65-year-old previously led Portugal to the Euro 2004 final, 2006 World Cup semi-finals and last eight at Euro 2008.Brazil is the host team is the favourite to win the cup.
Key Players: Believe the hype; Neymar is pivotal to Brazil. Full of energy and deft touches, and able to dribble at incredible speed, he is the player most capable of changing a game for Scolari's side. The 21-year-old World Cup poster boy - who joined Barcelona in the summer for £48.6m - appears unfazed by the public expectation, scoring 10 times in his last 15 caps.
Luis Fabiano (Sevilla): Aged 31and plays forward, was Brazil’s top scorer in the world cup campaign and is very powerful and accurate. Julio Cesar (QPR): Aged 34 and is a fabulous goalkeeper, has been in the record of the world’s top goalkeepers. He made many outstanding saves. Brazil 2014 World Cup will be available for download from next week.