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Brazil's involvement in the FIFA U-20 World Cup may stretch back to the very first edition of the event at Tunisia 1977, but the Auriverde had to wait for the fourth enactment of the showpiece competition at Mexico 1983 to claim the first of four world titles at this level - a figure only bettered by Argentina's six victories. Indeed, Brazil have failed to reach the finals on just one occasion, have finished in the top three on nine occasions and have never experienced the ignominy of a first-round exit.

Included in the veritable galaxy of Seleção stars to have first graced the global U-20 event are Bebeto, Dunga, Claudio Taffarel, Roberto Carlos, Denilson, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Julio Baptista, Daniel Alves and Alexandre Pato, to name but a few. Given this burden of history, will the players who qualified in first place at the South American U-20 Championship live up to the standards of those who have gone before them?

Qualifying
After a stuttering start to the Sudamericano, which spanned three weeks in January and February this year, Brazil squeezed through the final six-team qualifying round in third place in their group. Once there, however, they moved up through the gears with victories over Uruguay (3-2), Argentina (2-0) and Venezuela (3-0) to ensure their place at Egypt 2009 with two matches to spare before a 2-1 win over Colombia in their penultimate encounter guaranteed the regional title. Of a total of nine games, the team won six, drew one and lost two, with five-goal Walter taking a share of the top scorers' crown. Besides which, the Verdeamarelos boasted the best defensive record of the teams to have made the final round, conceding just nine goals.

Coach
Two decades on from taking part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Saudi Arabia 1989, in which Brazil finished third, Rogerio Lourenco is back at the elite event as Seleção coach. Born on 20 March 1971 in Rio de Janeiro, the highlights of his 15-year playing career include his time at Flamengo, where he became one of the club's highest goalscoring defenders, and his 1997 Copa Libertadores win with Cruzeiro. He took charge of the Brazilian U-20 side in mid-2008 after spending a year working in Fla's youth system.

Star players
With so many famous Brazilians having made their name in this tournament, the world will be watching to see who the next Seleção star will be. Attacking midfielder Douglas Costa, the most high-profile of the squad that has travelled to Egypt, is certainly well worth watching, with his speed, dribbling skills and fierce left foot already leading to comparisons with Ronaldinho. Erick Flores is another archetypal Brazilian midfielder, full of talent and tricks, while striker Allan Kardec's aerial power, movement and shooting ability make him the perfect penalty box predator.

Record
Brazil have appeared at more editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup than any other nation. Of 17 possible tournament showings, they only missed out on reaching Japan 1979.
• The Auriverde are the second most successful team in this category, with their four titles coming at Mexico 1983, USSR 1985, Australia 1993 and UAE 2003.
• The Canarinha have also finished in the top three on five occasions, coming second at Portugal 1991 and Qatar 1995 and third at Tunisia 1977, Saudi Arabia 1989 and Netherlands 2005.

What they said
"This title is the fruit of teamwork and the players' desire to repeat the feats of two years previously. We got stronger as the competition progressed, but at the World Cup there's barely any margin for error. That's why we'll be working hard to arrive in Egypt playing to the same standard as we finished the Sudamericano." Brazil coach Rogerio Lourenco.