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WORLD CUP HISTORY Brazil
WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
21
WORLD CUP RECORD
70-17-17
BEST FINISH
Winner (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
GOALS SCORED (RANK)
221 (2nd)
Brazil participated in the inaugural World Cup, and has qualified for every World Cup since. In its first match, Brazil fell 2-1 to Yugoslavia, but the team rallied to defeat Bolivia 4-0. The 1-0-1 record was not enough to qualify for the Knockout Stage, however, and Brazil ranked sixth out of 13 teams in the final standings.
The single-elimination 1934 World Cup meant a short trip to Italy for the Brazilians. The team lost 3-1 to Spain in the First Round.
FINISH
3rd
Brazil’s tradition of World Cup success began in 1938. After narrow victories over Poland and Czechoslovakia in the First Round and Quarter-finals, Brazil lost 2-1 to eventual champion Italy in the Semi-finals. The team then defeated Sweden 4-2 to capture third place.
1942
1946
World Cup Not Held
FINISH
2nd
HOST
A Group Stage victory advanced Brazil to the Final Round, where it defeated Sweden 7-1 and Spain 6-1. But a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the final match placed Brazil in second place. Ademir Marques de Menezes scored eight goals in the tournament to lead all scorers.
Brazil advanced to the Knockout Stage with a 1-1-0 record, but drew Hungary in the Quarter-finals and lost 4-2. Hungary reached the championship game before losing to West Germany.
FINISH
1st
A Group Stage scoreless draw with England was the closest Brazil came to losing a game at the 1958 World Cup. The team won its group and then defeated Wales, France and hosting Sweden to capture its first World Cup title. Pelé led Brazil with six goals in the tournament, while Vavá scored five.
FINISH
1st
Brazil didn’t have to travel far to defend its World Cup title, with Chile hosting in 1962. After advancing to the Knockout Stage, Brazil defeated England, Chile and Czechoslovakia to win back-to-back championships. Brazil and Italy (1934 and 1938) are the only countries to win consecutive World Cup titles.
A quest for a third straight World Cup championship began with a 2-0 win over Bulgaria, but went south after that. Brazil suffered 3-1 defeats to both Hungary and Portugal and failed to qualify for the Knockout Stage.
FINISH
1st
Following a poor performance in 1966, Brazil was back with a vengeance four years later. The team went 6-0 in World Cup contests and scored 19 total goals. Brazil bested Italy 4-1 in the Final to win its third World Cup.
FINISH
4th
Brazil only scored three total goals in three Group Stage matches, but held its opponents scoreless and managed a 1-2-0 record that moved it on to the second round. There, Brazil beat East Germany and Argentina before losing to the Netherlands. In the third-place game, Brazil lost 1-0 to Poland.
FINISH
3rd
After posting a 2-1-0 record in the Group Stage, Brazil advanced to a Second Round group that included Argentina, Peru and Poland. Brazil matched Argentina’s 2-1-0 record but lost out on goal difference and was relegated to the third-place match, which it won 2-1 over Italy.
Brazil cruised through the Group Stage at the 1982 World Cup, outscoring opponents 10-2 en route to a 3-0-0 record. In the Second Round, Brazil beat Argentina before losing to Italy – payback for the third-place game four years earlier – and finished with a fifth-place ranking.
Another 3-0-0 Group Stage record placed Brazil in the Round of 16, where it defeated Poland 4-0. A loss to France in the Quarter-finals ended Brazil’s hopes of a fourth World Cup title, and the team instead settled for another fifth-place finish in the retrospective rankings.
Brazil took care of business in the Group Stage, going 3-0-0 for a third straight time. A Round of 16 matchup pitted Brazil against rival Argentina, and Brazil lost 1-0. Argentina went on to finish runner-up to West Germany.
FINISH
1st
A draw with Sweden cost Brazil a fourth straight 3-0-0 Group Stage performance, but the team still advanced to the Knockout Stage. Brazil then defeated the United States and the Netherlands before winning a rematch against Sweden. In the Final, Brazil outlasted Italy on penalty kicks for a fourth World Cup championship.
FINISH
2nd
Brazil fell just short of a second-straight championship in 1998. The team advanced all the way to the Final, where it faced the host nation, France. The French prevailed 3-0 to win the country’s first World Cup crown.
FINISH
1st
Brazil played its way into the championship game for the third time in a row, defeating Germany for a perfect 7-0-0 record. Striker Ronaldo’s eight goals were the most in a World Cup since Mexico’s Gerd Muller scored 10 in 1970. He singlehandedly scored more goals than 27 of the 32 participating countries.
The reigning World Cup champions generated a +6 goal difference in the Group Stage while compiling a 3-0-0 record. In the Round of 16, Ghana was no match, but France proved a more difficult foe a round later. France defeated Brazil 1-0 and ultimately finished runner-up.
Brazil experienced a second consecutive Quarter-final exit when the team fell to Netherlands. Just like four years earlier when France had beaten Brazil in the Quarter-finals, the Netherlands were the tournament’s runner-up finisher.
FINISH
4th
HOST
The World Cup headed to Brazil in 2014, the first time a country from South America had hosted since 1978. Brazil largely lived up to the substantial expectations until a Semi-final match with Germany. Brazil lost 7-1, the worst defeat it had ever experienced in World Cup play. The team then fell to the Netherlands for a fourth-place finish.
Aside from Russia, which qualified automatically as the host of the World Cup, Brazil was the first to secure its spot, doing so on March 28, 2017. The five-time champions have a high barometer for measuring success and are geared for another deep run.

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