19 Facts About Brazil’s World Cup Soccer Team

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If you are a soccer fan…

You might know that the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil…

But how much do you know about Brazil’s World Cup soccer team?

Here are some facts you can use to earn some respect.

1. Soccer: the English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it.

“Os ingleses o inventaram, os brasileiros o aperfeiçoaram.”

2. Brazilians call soccer the Jogo Bonito.

Which translates to beautiful game.

3. The national team is nicknamed Seleção (The Selection)…

4. And Canarinho (Little Canary)…

5. And Verde-Amarelo (Green and Yellow).

6. Brazil won more World Cups than any other country.

7. Making them Pentacampeão (five-time champions)!

Hence the 5 stars around the logo on their jerseys.

Three: Mexico ‘70.

Five: Korea/Japan 2002.

8. Soccer is taken so seriously, that people stop working to watch their team during the World Cup…

Source.

9. And banks shut down 3 hours prior to each match.

Source.

10. Pele remains Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals.

Playing on the national team from 1957-1971 and leading Brazil to 3 victories. Source.

11. Brazil already hosted a World Cup in 1950…

12. And got the record for the largest live attendance ever seen at a World Cup final.

173,000 people attended the final between Uruguay and Brazil in 1950 at the Maracanã Stadium (the world largest soccer stadium at the moment). Source.

13. Fuleco is 2014’s official mascot…

It is a tatu-bola: an armadillo that defends itself from predators by rolling up into a ball.

14. Brazuca is the official ball…

The name was selected by a public vote and received over 70% of the votes.

15. And the Caxirola is the official instrument.

This is how it sounds.

16. Brazil is the only country that qualified for every World Cup…

Adding up to 19 consecutive times (20 if we count 2014). Source.

17. And holds the record for most consecutive wins in World Cup play…

11 straight games from 2002-2006. Source.

18. And most consecutive games without a loss…

13 straight games from 1958-1966. Source.

19. And most goals scored of all time!

210 total goals at World Cups. Source.

So who do you think will be the next world champion?

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