All Brazilians are proud to be five times world champions, living up to their title as a soccer country. Here is a brief retrospective of the World Cups in which Brazil emerged victorious.
“The World Cup is ours, nobody beats the Brazilians”, the march sung by the group “Titulares do Ritmo” celebrates the first time that the canarinha was champion. At that time, Brazilians listened to the matches played in Europe on the radio. In fact, the team of Pelé, Garrincha, Didi, Gylmar, Zagalo and company only faced European rivals from start to finish. They won five games, drew one and beat hosts Sweden in the final an impressive 5-2. A title more than deserved.
Four years later, with the same squad from the previous World Cup, Brazil was proclaimed champion for the second time. There was, yes, a change of coach: Vicente Feola left and Aymoré Moreira entered. By chance, the title also came with five wins and one draw. Pelé was injured in the second match and has since been replaced by Amarildo. Furthermore, the coach used only twelve players in six games. In the final, Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 and made history in Santiago.
“90 million in action, go ahead, Brazil, save the team.” Miguel Gustavo’s exaltation song became the eternal soccer anthem and is associated both with the three-time world champions and with the time when the military dictatorship was at its peak. The coach was now Zagalo and Brazil could afford an attack with players like Tostão, Rivelino, Pelé and Jairzinho. In six games, six victories and some brilliant plays gave Brazil the final possession of the Jules Rimet Cup. In the last game, a merciless beating of Italy 4-1.
United States (1994)
After 24 years without a title, Brazil became four-time world champions with a generation that began to emerge at the Olympic Games in Seoul (1988). Romario, Bebeto, Taffarel, Jorginho, Branco and company, under the leadership of Carlos Alberto Parreira, put together a solid campaign, with five wins and two draws en route to the title. In the final, a very nervous match against Italy: 0-0 draw in regulation time and in extra time and victory in the penalty shootout 3-2.
Japan and South Korea (2002)
In a World Cup played between two eastern countries, Brazil arrived with several stars after going through a bad qualifying campaign. The team, with Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Marcos and Cafú, swept all their rivals, with seven wins in seven games under the command of Luiz Felipe Scolari. In the final, in Japan, Brazil beat Germany 2-0, with two goals from Ronaldo, and won its fifth championship. After that, he never managed to play a final match again.
Brazil, the only country that has participated in all the World Cups since the first edition in Uruguay (1930), reached the following positions over the years: five times champion, twice runner-up and 14 times eliminated early.