FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Brazil have sparkled at FIFA World Cups over the years and aside from being the only nation to have participated at all 20 tournaments to date, they are also the only country to have won the title five times, doing so at Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970, USA 1994 and Korea/Japan 2002. Their reputation is further underlined by finishing as runners-up on two occasions (in 1950 and 1998), winning bronze twice (in 1938 and 1978) and their two fourth-placed finishes (in 1974 and 2014). The legendary Pele heads a long list of Brazilian players to have taken the tournament by storm.

The team
After the disappointment of coming fourth as hosts of last year’s World Cup, Brazil are out to make amends. They have a squad bursting with talent – superstar Neymar chief among them - and also have the blend of quality, youth and experience needed to recover their identity and standing. With players such as Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Oscar, Fernandinho and Willian in their ranks, Brazil are firm favourites to reach Russia 2018.

The coach
Dunga participated at Italy 1990 and France 1998, but it was at USA 1994 where he wrote his name into Brazilian football’s record books after captaining the side to World Cup glory. He was a tireless, battling midfielder in his playing days and tried to instil those very qualities into the side in his first spell as Brazil coach, during which he won the Copa America and the FIFA Confederations Cup. Dunga’s tenure ended the same day Brazil were eliminated from the quarter-finals at South Africa 2010, but he was appointed again in the wake of last year’s World Cup.

The stat
70 – The total number of World Cup matches won by Brazil, putting them top of the global standings. Germany, Italy and Argentina are their closest pursuers, with 66, 45 and 42 victories respectively.

The former stars
Leonidas, Zizinho, Didi, Garrincha, Pele, Rivelino, Zico, Falcao, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldo