Brazil – Confederations Cup Group B

To talk about the Brazilian football team, the related statistics and international tournaments is almost like commenting on Alexander the Great, his warfare skills and battles won by him! A most popular saying in football fraternity goes like, “the English invented it and the Brazilians perfected it”. Thus, it is needless to say that even in the upcoming Confederations Cup, just like any tournament Brazil plays, the expectations, excitement and the enthusiasm are hovering almost at a threshold limit so far as the fans or even the experts or veterans of the game are concerned.

To go with the recently available facts and figures or statistics regarding the players, it is most likely that Brazil is going to chose their playing eleven from their 22 member squad which include goalkeepers Júlio César and Doni, defenders Maicon, Lúcio, Luisão, Kléber, Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, Miranda and Marcelo, midfielders Anderson, Gilberto Silva, Ronaldinho, Josué,      Elano, Júlio Baptista and Felipe Melo together with strikers Adriano, Robinho, Luís Fabiano and Alexandre Pato. Besides, there have also been a number of recent call ups including Kléber, Gilberto, Diego, Mancini and Luís Fabiano among several others. The team, ranked currently at the fifth position in the FIFA world rankings, is considered by many as a striking example of having an effective balance of young blood combined with experience. Moreover, the recent display of forms by Kaka in Milan has increased the expectations by a considerable amount making him the definite player to watch out for in the Confederation Cup.

As it has been stated earlier, Brazil holds the record of being the most successful national football team in the history of the game from any and every angle possible. Brazil is the only football team in the history of FIFA World Cup which has played in each and every installment of the competition. Moreover, they are also the record holders for clinching the title maximum times, a record five occasions in 1958, 1962, 1970 and 1994 and in 2002. Brazil’s World Cup achievements also include the 1950 and 1998 editions of the tournament which the team ended in the runners up position. They also have an equally impressive Confederation Cup record which they have won in 1997 and 2005 and have finished as runners up in 1999 and in the fourth place in 2001. Although not as dazzling as the rest of the tournaments, Brazil has till date managed to win two silver medals and two bronze medals in 1984 and 1988, 1996 and 2008 respectively. However their best performance in an international tournament is definitely in the Copa America or the South American Championship which they have won eight times in 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004 and finally in 2007 which makes them the defending champions. They have gained the second spot on eleven occasions and ended up in the third positions seven times.

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