National Team Information
1919 South American Championship, 1922 South American Championship, 1949 South American Championship, 1958 FIFA World Cup, 1962 FIFA World Cup, 1970 FIFA World Cup, 1989 Copa America, 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup, 1997 Copa America, 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, 1999 Copa America, 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, 2004 Copa America, 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2007 Copa America, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2019 Copa America
Brazil National Football Team History
The first-ever Brazil national football team was made up of players from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They defeated English club Exeter City 2-0 in their inaugural match in 1914. In their early years, Brazil struggled but they picked up their first trophy in the 1919 South American Championships.
Brazil national football team were one of 13 teams to participate in the first-ever World Cup in 1930 but were eliminated in the group stage. The Selecao first rose to prominence in 1950 when they hosted the World Cup and made the four-team final round. Needing a win in their last match against Uruguay, Brazil disappointingly fell 2-1 sending shockwaves throughout the nation.
The iconic yellow kit was introduced ahead of the 1954 World Cup, partially to forget the 1950’s disappointment, but Brazil fell in the quarterfinals. Pele made his national team debut in 1957 and he played a huge role in Brazil’s first ever World Cup win, at Sweden 1958. With a 5-2 win over Sweden in the final, Brazil national football team became the first team to win a World Cup outside of their own continent.
The best player in the world at the time, Pele was injured during the 1962 World Cup. However, Garrincha stepped up to the plate as Brazil’s leader and helped them win a second straight title. After a disappointing performance in 1966, Pele returned for his final World Cup and led Brazil to their third title at Mexico 1970. A flair-filled Brazil team won every single one of their games and Jairzinho became the only player to score in every World Cup match.
After Pele and other legends retired, Brazil went 24 years without making the FIFA World Cup final. That changed in 1994 as a more defensive-minded side won the tournament in the USA, after Italy’s Roberto Baggio skied his penalty in the final PK shootout. There was only an eight-year wait this time for glory as a Brazil team headlined by Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho guided the Selecao to their record fifth trophy at South Korea 2002.
Brazil national football team haven’t won a FIFA World Cup since, but they’ve often found success in the FIFA Confederations Cup and Copa America. They’ve also had world class players like Kaka, Neymar, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva come through the ranks since then.
Brazil got eliminated in the 2006 World Cup quarterfinal to France and Dunga was subsequently hired. Under him, Brazil won the 2007 Copa America as Robinho won the Golden Boot. Then, Brazil won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup as they defeated the USA 3-2 in the final.
In 2013, under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil successfully defended their Confederations Cup title. Neymar was named the Player of the Tournament and goalkeeper Julio Cesar won the Golden Glove award. There was a lot of excitement surrounding the Brazilian side heading into the 2014 World Cup on home soil.
Neymar managed to score four goals in the group stage as Brazil defeated Croatia and Cameroon and drew against Mexico. They went on to eliminate Chile in penalties in the round of 16, as Julio Cesar made three saves. Two defenders scored in the quarters against Colombia to advance to the semifinal. With Neymar injured and Thiago Silva suspended for the semifinal, Germany destroyed Brazil 7-1. It was Brazil’s first home loss since 1975 and their biggest defeat ever in a World Cup.
Four years later, Brazil reached the quarterfinals but lost 2-1 to eventual Bronze medalists Belgium. In 2019, Brazil won their first Copa America title since 2007 by defeating Peru 3-1 in the final. At the 2022 World Cup, Brazil soccer betting was incredibly popular and they entered the tournament as the favorites. They reached the quarterfinals, where they were eliminated on penalties by Croatia.
- Pelé, Neymar – 77 goals (tie)
- Ronaldo – 62 goals
- Romário – 56 goals
- Zico – 48 goals
Brazil Soccer Leagues & Clubs:
The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, or Brasileirão for short, is the top tier Brazilian soccer league. The Brasileirão consists of 20 teams and the season runs from April to December. The league follows a double round-robin format and the bottom four teams go down to the second tier at the end of each season. The top six qualify for the Copa Libertadores.
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The Campeonato Brasileiro Série B is the second division in Brazil. It’s another option for Brazil soccer betting and also contains 20 teams. The Série B follows a very similar format as the Brasileirão. There’s a double round-robin and the top four teams are promoted to the Brasileirão. Meanwhile, the bottom four teams go down to the Série C. The 2023 season will run from April to November.
Brazil Cups & Tournaments
Brazil’s soccer teams compete in the annual Copa do Brasil, which was founded in 1989. A total of 92 teams participate in the tournament from all 26 Brazilian states. The first two rounds are held as single-elimination fixtures. From then on, all ties are two-legged.
Brazil Soccer Betting Information
The most popular league for Brazilian soccer betting is the Brasileirão. For many, this is the most exciting league in the Americas. It’s also the league where the vast majority of the most talented Brazilian players get their start. The creativity in the Brasileirão is off the charts and it makes for a great watch. Brazil’s historical best teams are known as the G-12 or Big Twelve. The G-12 consists of Atlético Mineiro, Botafogo, Corinthians, Cruzeiro, Flamengo, Fluminense, Grêmio, Internacional, Palmeiras, Santos, São Paulo and Vasco da Gama.
Over the last few years, Palmeiras, Corinthians and Flamengo have been highly successful. Still, heading into 2023 there have been three different champions over the last three years. Palmeiras won their record 11th title in 2022, Atletico Mineiro took home the trophy in 2021 and Flamengo triumphed in 2020.
Home teams did particularly well in the 2022 season. They won 44 percent of the time and drew 28 percent of the time. Away teams won in just under 28 percent of matches. The league has been relatively low scoring over the last couple of seasons. There were just 2.22 goals per game in 2021 and 2.38 goals per game in 2022. There were two goals or fewer in 56 percent of matches in 2022. In 2022, both teams scored in 50 percent of matches and clean sheets were kept in 56 percent of games.
Brazil’s national team is iconic and they have qualified for every single World Cup. The Seleção are generally among the favorites in every single tournament they enter. Brazil kept an incredible 14-3-0 record in CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifiers and have reached the knockout stage of every World Cup since 1986. Due to their success, betting tips often recommend picking Brazil.
Neymar is still in his prime and will almost certainly get another shot to win the World Cup in 2026. The amount of talented Brazilian players is stunning and they figure to be a force to be reckoned with for some time. The next big opportunity to bet on Brazil will be in the 2024 Copa America. Plus, they should be a popular pick in 2026 World Cup Qualifiers as well.
Young players like Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo are expected to be mainstays in the side for years. Meanwhile, Raphinha, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta will still be in their primes by the time the 2026 World Cup comes around. Expect Brazil’s betting odds to be relatively short to win the FIFA World Cup in 2026 once again.
Brazilian soccer is world renowned. The national team has won the most World Cups, with five. Meanwhile, one can find Brazilian players in all of the world’s top leagues. Even though so many Brazilian players go abroad, the Brasileirão is still a highly competitive league. Bettors should also be aware that along with the top flight, many Brazilian states run their own concurrent regional leagues.
Expect Brazil to remain a soccer power in the coming years. Along with that, there should be plenty of betting opportunities.