Brazil's national football team: players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup

Brazil's national football team: players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup

Kevin Omuya
updated at August 9, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Football was created in England, but it has since spread all over the globe. Football is no longer just another sport in Brazil, it has almost become a religion in and of itself. So let us look at Brazil's national football team and their players, including its history.

Brazil's national football team in the World Cup
Brazil's national football team fans are some of the most loyal in the soccer scene. Photo: @CBF_Futebol
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They have won the FIFA World Cup five times and the FIFA Confederations Cup four times, the most by any country. The Brazilian Football Confederation supervises the squad. They have the best overall record in World Cup history, with 70 triumphs and only 17 losses in 104 matches.

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  • Full name: Brazil national football team
  • Nickname: Selecao
  • Founded: 1914
  • Colors: Yellow and Blue
  • Federation: FIFA
  • Head coach: Tite
  • Captain: Thiago Silva
  • Top scorer: Pele (77 goals)
  • Most caps: Cafu (142)
  • Stadium: Maracana Stadium
  • FIFA code: BRA
  • FIFA ranking: 1
  • Instagram: @cbf_futebol
  • Twitter: @CBF_Futebol


Their first international match, a 0–3 loss to Argentina in 1914, marked the start of their history. Then, in 1930, Selecao competed in the inaugural FIFA World Cup. Since 1958, they have won five FIFA World Cups. They are now regarded as one of the finest in the world. They won its fifth FIFA World Cup title in 2002, making it the most successful team.

Brazil's national football team captain

Thiago Silva is the captain of the Brazilian football team. Thiago replaced Neymar in Brazil's captaincy.

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  • Full name: Thiago Silva
  • Date of birth: 22 September 1984
  • Age: 37 (as of April 2022)
  • Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Height in inches: 5'11"
  • Height in centimeters: 181
  • Position: Centre-back
  • Current team: Chelsea

Brazil's national football team coach

Brazil national football team coach
Brazils football team coach Tite takes part in a training session at the national team's training grounds in Granja Conary, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 28, 2022, Photo: Mauro Pimentel.
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Despite the team's poor performance in Russia, the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has inked a four-year contract with director Tite. According to the four-year agreement, Tite will be Brazil's manager until Qatar's 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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  • Full name: Adenor Leonardo Bacchi
  • Nickname: Tite
  • Date of birth: 25 May 1961
  • Age: 61 (as of April 2022)
  • Place of birth: Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sui, Brazil
  • Height in inches: 5'11"
  • Height in centimeters: 180

Tite's selection for the final qualification games could provide insight into the tournament, as the Brazil World Cup 2022 squad is expected to be named in early October. Despite having already secured their place in the tournament, Tite's selection for the final qualification games could provide insight into the tournament squad.

Dani Alves is back on the squad after joining Barcelona, and the 38-year-old still expects to participate in the 2022 World Cup. The Selecao will be one of the favorites in Qatar, with a squad that includes Neymar, Vinicius Junior, and Fabinho, as well as Alisson and Ederson, two of the greatest goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Tite has announced a 24-man squad for the 2021 Copa America, although most other countries have named 28-man teams. Unless otherwise noted, it is believed that the squad size will be lowered to the standard 23 for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Brazil's national football team roster

Their most famous soccer players include Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka, and Neymar. Claudio Taffarel, goalkeeping coach and three-time World Cup goalie for the Selecao, was the national squad's first-choice goalkeeper. They won the World Cup for the last time in 2002.

Brazil's national football team players

Brazil national football team players
Brazil national football team players. Photo: @CBF_Futebol
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This is the current team's squad. The squad will represent the country in the forthcoming World Cup tournament in Qatar 2022.


  • Alisson Becker
  • Ederson


  • Thiago Silva
  • Marquinhos
  • Danilo
  • Dani Alves
  • Alex Telles
  • Guilherme Arana
  • Alex Sandro
  • Eder Militao
  • Gabriel Magalhaes


  • Arthur
  • Bruno Guimarães
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Casemiro
  • Lucas Paqueta
  • Fred
  • Fabinho


  • Neymar
  • Vinicius Junior
  • Gabriel Martinelli
  • Antony
  • Richarlison
  • Raphinha

Brazil's national football team in the World Cup

They are the most successful national team in FIFA World Cup history, having won the competition five times: in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002.

Brazil's national football team ranking

After occupying lower positions and even reaching 18th place in 2012, the national soccer team has managed to end the year among the top three in the FIFA world rankings since 2021. FIFA ranked La Seleço—as the team is known—as the best national soccer team globally for most of the second half of the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s.

Brazil's national football team nickname

What is Brazil’s national football team called? In different world regions, the team is known by various names. For example, Canarinho (Little Canary), a reference to a bird commonly found in Brazil with vivid yellow color, was popularised by the late cartoonist Fernando "Mangabeira" Pieruccetti during the 1950 World Cup.

Brazil national football team trophies

Brazil's national football team trophies
Brazil's national football team has bagged numerous trophies. Photos: @CBF_Futebol
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FIFA World Cup:

  • Winners (5): 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
  • Runners-up (2): 1950, 1998
  • Third place (2): 1938, 1978
  • Fourth place (2): 1974, 2014

South American Championship / Copa América:

  • Winners (9): 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2019
  • Runners-up (12): 1921, 1925, 1937, 1945, 1946, 1953, 1957, 1959 (Argentina), 1983, 1991, 1995, 2021
  • Third place (7): 1916, 1917, 1920, 1942, 1959 (Ecuador), 1975, 1979
  • Fourth place (3): 1923, 1956, 1963

FIFA Confederations Cup:

  • Winners (4): 1997, 2005, 2009, 2013
  • Runners-up (1):1999
  • Fourth place: (1): 2001

Panamerican Championship:

  • Winners (2): 1952, 1956
  • Runners-up (1): 1960


  • Runners-up (2): 1996, 2003
  • Third place (1): 1998


FIFA Team of the Year:

  • Winners (12): 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

World Soccer Team of the Year

  • Winners (2): 1982, 2002

FIFA World Cup Fair Play Trophy:

  • Winners (4): 1982, 1986, 1994, 2006

FIFA Confederations Cup Fair Play Trophy:

  • Winners (2): 1999, 2009

Copa América Fair Play Trophy:

  • Winners (2) : 2019, 2021

Who is Brazil’s number 7?

Lucas Tolentino Coelho de Lima, also known as Lucas Paquetá, is a Brazilian Portuguese born on August 27, 1997. He is a Brazilian number 7, an offensive midfielder who now plays for Ligue 1 club Lyon and the Brazilian national team.

Who is a famous footballer in Brazil?

Some of Brazil's national football team players are famous in the sport's history. From Pelé to Garrincha, Ronaldo to Kaká, the country has a star-studded history that is difficult to believe. It is unrivalled by any other country.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.