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.
COACH: Dunga, former Brazilian captain
Kaka (Real Madrid).
Full name Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, aged 27 and plays in the Midfield, FIFA’s world player of the year in 2007, was present in 2006 world cup but had only a brief appearance in the world cup campaign.
Luis Fabiano (Sevilla)
Aged 27and plays forward, was Brazil’s top scorer in the world cup campaign scoring 9 goals in 11 matches and is very powerful and accurate.
Julio Cesar (Inter Milan)
Aged 30 and is a fabulous goalkeeper, has been in the record of the world’s top goalkeepers. He made many outstanding saves in the qualifying campaign.
Brazil which was 2nd in the world ranking as of Nov 2009 has been turned into a ruthlessly efficient outfit by its coach Dunga, after their fall in the 2006 world cup in Germany where they were knocked out at quarter finals. So this time they are coming with full strength and are amongst the favourites.