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 the 2014 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
Adenor Leonardo Bachi, best known as Tite, assumed the reins in June 2016 replacing Dunga who was dismissed in the wake of the team’s poor performance at the Copa America Centenario. A former defensive midfielder with 11 years playing experience, Tite quit in 1989 to make his debut as coach a year later at Gremio Atletico Guarany. With almost no experience outside Brazil, his most important success came as coach of Corinthians, where he won the Copa Libertadores, the FIFA Club World Cup and two Brazilians Championships, the last one in 2015 during his third stint at the club. Tite is well known for his strict character, professional working ethic and a straight forward relationship with his players.

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