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      16.06.2010 10:15
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      The World Cup has started proper

      They say if you throw a stone in Brazil you will either hit a beautiful woman or a brilliant football player. In reality you may get shot. But it is a sexy country with their economy booming right now their football (observe how I didn't use the well worn cliché 'Samba Football') always reflects that passion and aspiration. So we really needed them to get this year's tournament going because up until their first match last night the 'B' on the Bang stood for 'Boring' not Brazil. It has been a tedious world cup so far guys.

      After Germany dispatched Australia like they would have Switzerland if they had bothered to show up in World War 2, no on else has really shone through, very much don't lose your first game the attitude for the big teams. Argentina looked useful seeing off Nigeria as did Holland against Denmark, but Italy and France, along with England, looked drab. So it leaves us with Brazil to show their South American stuff off in their opening game, when the World Cup really comes alive for most. Brazil is the World Cup and the Koreans were first up for a lesson in the beautiful game.

      We, the English, know our national team will always let us down so we hedge our bets like the rest of the world by falling in love with Brazil. Their player's skills are sumptuous on the eye, as are their sexy fans, the green and gold shirts as equally magical and romantic, everyone tuned in on Tuesday night. In fact the only non romantic footnote would be their 1919 strip, looking uncomfortably like Hull City's current kit. But they pass and score like Ronnie O'Sullivan compiling a 147 break, where as England play like Ray Reardon at 70 trying to get a 25 break.

      The official Addidas ball in South Africa is called the 'Jubulani', meaning jubilation in English, of course, what Brazil are in every tournament. They are the record holders with five wins of the 18 carrot gold trophy although of the seven teams to win the World Cup they are surprisingly the only non European ones not to win their host world cup, losing to Uruguay in the final in 1950 in Rio. Italy failed to win their home tournament in 1990 of course. But Brazil have won it on one of four different continents, this the fifth continent, maybe? 76 nations have competed for it but only 7 have won, six of the seven winning on home soil. But six of those seven teams have played in all of the last 10 finals. This is illustrious company. As I said all 8 world cups held outside of Europe have been won by South American teams which makes Brazil favourites.

      -All-Time Winners-

      Brazil 5
      Italy 4
      Germany 3
      Argentina 2
      Uruguay 2
      France 1
      England 1


      -Teams-

      Brazil
      * 01 Julio Cesar
      * 02 Maicon
      * 03 Lucio Captain
      * 04 Juan
      * 06 Michel Bastos
      * 05 Felipe Melo
      * 07 Elano
      * 08 Silva
      * 10 Kaka
      * 09 Luis Fabiano
      * 11 Robinho

      North Korea

      * 01 Myong-Guk Ri
      * 02 Jong-Hyok Cha
      * 03 Jun-Il Ri
      * 05 Kwang-Chon Ri
      * 13 Chol-Jin Pak
      * 04 Nam-C Pak (4)
      * 08 Yun-Nam Ji
      * 11 In-Guk Mun
      * 17 Yong-Hak Ahn
      * 09 Tae-Se Jong
      * 10 Yong-Jo Hong Captain


      I doubt if Brazil has ever played in such cold and wet conditions in the World Cup for ages but up at the altitude of 6,432 ft it was just 4 degrees for the game at Ellis Park. It's been so warm in Brazil of late in some regions that league games have been starting at 8am! Four of the Brazil starting 11 against North Korea has over 75 caps, but none likely to get near Cafu's record of 142 caps or Peles's 77 goals, Kaka with 78 caps and 27 goals the nearest. Only two of their starting eleven doesn't play in Europe. Only three of the Koreans play outside of their home country.

      North Koreas secret weapon is not so secret any more, 7 tactical nuclear warheads, no doubt trained on Rio if they lose. Brazils was Robinio, in great form since he got homesick and left Man City on loan to play for Santos in Brazil. He was in great form in game one and looks likely to return to England next year.

      Coach Dunga has been criticized for his defensive style of play but he has won all the tournaments he has coached the national team in so far and stuck with it. On the pitch and the Koreans were very organised too, great defence and willing runners in the midfield. It's hard for any skill team to play against teams that set up like this in international football. But Brazil tried to weave through the bodies and so the shots were restricted. Maicons opening goal was an impressive tight angle swerve through brilliant technique, the Korean goalkeeper perhaps badly positioned, Waquar Younis proud of that one. Robinio set up the second with a delicious pinch perfect pass for Elano, who elegantly slotted the second like a Tendulker late cut. But they didn't kill the game and the Democratic republic popped up with an excellent late goal for Yi on 89 minutes to crown the second best game of the tournament so far. Brazil looked strong across the park but the real test is yet to come.

      ITV's coverage was hosted by the dour Adrian Childs with dreadful pundits Edgar David's and Patrick Vierra. David's slouches in his chair, surely and disinterested, Vierra about as easy to understand as John Prescott eating a rather large pie. Robbie Earl, one of ITV's English pundits, has been sacked for touting tickets at a World Cup game. But it wasn't just to family and friends but they ended up in the hands of those pretty blondes dressed in orange that made the news, advertising a Bavarian beer at the Holland Denmark game against FIFAs rules. Robbie, the most articulate and intelligent black pundit on TV, is also an ambassador in Africa for England's 2018 bid, a bid smothered in gaffs.

      -Official titles-


      FIFA World Cup:

      Winners (5): 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
      Runners-up (2): 1950, 1998
      3rd place (2): 1938, 1978
      4th place (1): 1974

      Confederations Cup:

      Winners (3): 1997, 2005, 2009
      Runners-up (1): 1999

      Copa América:
      Winners (8): 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007
      Runners-up (11): 1921, 1925, 1937, 1945, 1946, 1953, 1957, 1959, 1983, 1991, 1995

      Panamerican Championship:
      Winners (2): 1952, 1956

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        29.06.2009 17:57
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        most successful national football team

        When you hear the words Brazil and football most people will think of fun, flair, skill and great goals. Their play is usually called 'joga bonito' or beautiful football. Brazil is the most successful national football team in the history of the World Cup, with five wins (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002). They are also the only team to have played in every World Cup so far. They top their qualifying group for the World cup in South Africa in 2010 and have just won their third confederations cup title after coming from 2 goals behind to beat the USA 3-2.

        The Brazil team has over the years had a number of fantastic players to wear the green and yellow jersey. These include players such as Pele, Jairzinho, Junior, Socrates, Romario, Bebeto, Cafu, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo and more recently players such as Ronaldinho, Kaka, Robinho and Luis Fabiano. The team combines flair and skill and great attack.

        They are usually not concerned overly by defensive responsibility and attack from the back. The full backs are usually pushed forward as wingers when they attack as you might have seen if you watched any of the confederations cup games with Maicon on the right wing especially spending a lot of his time in the opposition half even though he is a right back. They also have players who like to dribble with the ball and take players on. These players currently include the likes of Robinho and Kaka as well as Ronaldinho (who was not in the confederations cup squad). They also have a great potential star of the future that is already quite a star now in Alexandro Pato.

        I have been lucky enough to actually attend a Brazil game when they played at the Emirates Stadium in London. They were playing an international friendly against Sweden. Kaka and Ronaldinho were unavailable for the game but a lot of the top players were there including Julio Cesar, Daniel Alves, Robinho , Diego, Lucio, Alex and Pato amongst others. The game itself wasn't the most entertaining but was lit up by a great goal from substitute Alexandro Pato who was just 18 at the time and is not even 20 now.

        The current team is looking very good at the moment but do look a bit vulnerable defensively and may find it difficult against an organised team with good tactics which could counter their attacking threat. They will be one of the favourites though to lift the World Cup trophy next year alongside Spain. I actually am a fan of the England team but I also like to watch Brazil and they are probably my second national team to support if England can't win. They play football the way it should be played in an attractive entertaining way and to win.

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          09.01.2009 23:44
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          Samba Kings on the road to South Africa

          The gold and green shirts are the most famous in international football. Brazil is synonomous with great football, fun and success on the world stage.

          Brazil are the most successful football team ever in International football. With some of the most well known players in the history of the game.

          Garrincha, Pele, Jairzinho, Junior, Socrates, Romario, Bebeto, Cafu, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, not one of these players was a great defender, all were supreme attacking players, so what of the class of 2009 do they follow in that samba tradition, or under the defensive minded and (during his playing days) dour Dunga, do they play with the pragmatism required to deal with the tactics and physical strength of the modern game.

          Well to be honest they mix it up and do a bit of both, in defence they have the powerful Alex at Centre Half a player who can hit a free kick from 40 yards, head like a bullet but is slow on the turn and susceptible to powerful centre forwards, they have Gilberto Silva at Right Back a player Spurs deem unsuitable for requirements and the abilities of players such as Lucas and Denilson in Central Midfield, players who are deemed underprepared for the Premier League, however on the plus side, they also have the worlds best player in Kaka, who in tandem with the Manchester City duo of Robinho and Elano and Diego of Werder Bremen provide enough attacking flare for 3 teams, with the prolific Fred, Adriano or Luis Fabiano to finish moves off and the astoundingly talented Pato who is blossoming at AC Milan into the complete footballer, going forward they are a force to behold, and beating Italy 2-0 this week supports that claim, however they do need more defensive know how in the team, Anderson at Manchester United is blossoming into a good all round player, as are the Da Silva twins who at left and right full back have been fantastic in the premier league when called upon.

          Brazil have to decide whether to match the pass and move tactics of Spain and Argentina, follow the individual route of their predecessors or go for the mix of power and flare which won them their last world cup and has proved so successful for France, Italy and Germany in recent years.

          Fans around the world love Brazil for their flare, love of the game and history and the fun they bring to the game, long may that continue.

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          02.06.2006 11:23
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          Brazils chances of winning the world cup

          Well once again Brazil are the favourites to win the World Cup. This is probably accurate on past form: they are five times winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002), twice runners-up (1950 and 1998), the reigning champions and the only country to have appeared in every World Cup. However, they only one of their finals was won in Europe (1958) with arguably their best ever team. But this time I don't think they'll do it (although I said that last time).

          Brazil used to be my favourite world cup football team because as everybody knows they always played the game with a free-flowing attacking style and they always had the most players with outstanding individual skill. However, familiarity breeds a little contempt. Unlike 15 or 20 years ago most of the Brazilian players are now well known and over paid stars playing with European club sides and nowadays every one seems to like Brazil - they are to international football what Chelsea are to club football at the moment: the fashionable team to support.

          Admittedly they have a formidable attacking line up comprising the three Rs: Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Robinho. And if these don't perform they can always push Kaka or Adriano into the attack. Any other team that wins the world cup will have to stop this strike force. But Brazil can be beaten.

          Brazil have had a lot of easy rides in recent world cups. Last time they had by far the easiest group stage with only Turkey as their strongest opponents who they were to meet again in the semi-finals. And in 1994 in arguably one of the most boring finals (only the Argentina vs West Germany 1990 final was more tedious) - a goalless draw against Italy - they were very lucky to beat Italy on penalties when Roberto Baggio ballooned his shot over the bar.

          Now once again they can take a walk in the park during their relatively easy group stage: Croatia, Australia and Japan. But in the later rounds, as long as all the 'big' sides don't get eliminated early, then I believe Brazil can be beaten. However, this cannot be done if their opponents sit back and play negative. The Brazilian defence must be attacked, there are weaknesses there. Pressure must be put on the defence as soon as they get the ball so the service to the strikers is subdued. Although they are both still great at going forward, you have to remember that Roberto Carlos is 33 and his compatriot in defence Cafu, is three years older and doesn't play all the time for AC Milan. In my opinion the defender Roberto Carlos has always been over rated having made a career out of one fluky goal from a spectacular free kick; most of his attempts at goal miss the target. The goal keeper Dida is also over rated and vulnerable. A major set back to the team has been the ruling out of the Brazil midfielder Edmilson because of an injury to his right knee.

          One also has to imagine the incredible pressure that this team must be undergoing. Even losing in the final will be seen as failure. Living up to such expectations will be an incredible challenge.

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            24.07.2002 05:55
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            After a superbly successful World Cup, the Brazilians must be flying high. The team shocked many football pundits who gave the current outfit little hope of winning the World Cup. The Brazilians proved to be a team of sheer quality fighting off quality opposition in their glorious campaign. Most spectacular was golden boot winner Ronaldo who revived his international career in style. I watched their progress throughout the World Cup and was greatly impressed by the talent in all areas. Brazil had previously been drawn in the group with Turkey, Costa Rica and China. To be fair this was quite a straightforward group for any strong team but it was still a challenge and the perfect opportunity for Brazil to shine early. Their campaign began with a tough challenge against Turkey, a difficult opener for any team. It was Turkey who made the early impressions and went into the interval with a one goal advantage. Brazil fought back strongly replying with Ronaldo?s clinical finish and took a late penalty through Rivaldo, with the referee awarding a penalty although the challenge had taken place just outside the penalty area. This was lucky for Brazil, but Rivaldo made no mistakes from the spot and Brazil ended the opener with a close 2-1 victory. Next in line was China and this proved to be a practice session for Brazil who ran riot through the Chinese defence, securing a 4-0 victory. Goals were provided by a sensational Carlos free kick, with Rivaldo, Ronaldo and a Ronaldinho penalty to complete the romp. The final group match was played against Costa Rica, a team who I expected to provide Brazil?s toughest challenge so far. The game was a great spectacle to watch, with a Brazilian 5-2 victory. Goals from Ronaldo, Edmilson, Rivaldo, Junior and a Luis Marin own goal set up an encounter with the runners-up from Group H. Brazil proceeded to the second round with considerable ease and faced a tough tie against Belgium. The Belgians
            put up a resilient performance with a good share of the possession but second half goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo gave the skilful Brazilians a narrow victory. This meant Brazil proceeded to the quarter finals where they met England, a side who had looked sound throughout the tournament especially after their 3-0 drubbing of Denmark. After an early England goal through Michael Owen, Brazil fought back strongly and gained a crucial equaliser just before the interval, with Rivaldo finishing off a great Brazilian attack. Early after the break, Brazil took the lead from a miraculous Ronaldinho free kick, which caught Seaman out. Ronaldinho then was sent off but England failed to make the extra man advantage count, as Brazil sneaked home 2-1. The semi-final was against Turkey; a side Brazil had already beaten in the opening group encounter and one that had impressed to reach this stage. The match was closely contested with both sides having chances to take the lead. The only goal of the game came through Ronaldo?s second half strike which was a moment of class to take Brazil through to the final against the Germans and put right the disaster, four years back when they lost to France in the final, having been clear favourites. Germany never really got going in the final making Brazil?s work slightly easier. Ronaldo?s predatory instincts brought him two second-half goals and sealed quite a comfortable victory for the Brazilians, capping off a magnificent World Cup. Brazil deserved to win the World Cup and looked the best outfit from the very start. I think one of the reasons they were successful was their opening group, which was reasonably straightforward and gave their key players a chance to get into form. Rivaldo and Ronaldo were simply superb, with Ronaldo collecting the golden boot prize for the tournament's leading scorer with eight goals. It was a story of personal retribution for Ronaldo, who made up for his poor display in
            the final last time round. The victory completed a remarkable journey for the Brazilians who had been written off before the start, following their disappointing qualification campaign. Brazil were a great pleasure to watch and their team of stars came through as worthy winners. "Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about one of YOUR favourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th August."

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              04.06.2002 02:51
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              Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been dubbed "public enemy number one" by a Brazilian newspaper for omitting 1994 World Cup star Romario from Brazil's World Cup squad. Romario played a superb season at club level and it was excluded by Scolari because Romario refused to play the Copa America last year. What a bad season for brazilian Stars! Ronaldo is dreaming of knocking world champions France out of the World Cup this summer in revenge for their final defeat four years ago. Ronaldo made his return to competitive football in Inter Milan's UEFA Cup semi-final, first leg against Feyenoord on April 4 after an injury-ravaged two years. Ronaldo came back to play only at the end of the season, scored some goals, but was unable to help Inter Milan in the Uefa competition. Inter Milan ended the Serie A with a third position, after being leader before the last round of the italian league. In Spain Rivaldo didn't find any satisfation this season. Getting injured too often, Rivaldo was unable to help Barcelona to be competitive. IN the European Champion's League Barcelona was eliminated in Semi-Finals by eternal rivals of Real Madrid. In the Liga, Barcelona was only fourth. Roberto Carlos of Real Madrid is also disappointed after failing to win the Spanish Liga (Valencia got it). World Cup is the last chance for many important players to get some success this season, but Brazil is not one of the favourite teams this year. I'm convinced that France, Argentina, Italy, Germany,Spain,England and Portugal are better than Brazil

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                09.07.2001 18:15
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                Brazil have had a lot of bad results lately, notable losing 1-0 to Australia in the Confederations Cup third place play off recently and some dismal World Cup qualifying results, losing to Ecuador and currently 4th place. But they should still be considered a real threat at the World Cup in Japan and Korea in 2002. There they will be going for a record 5 title wins of the World Cup. Can they do it? For starters Brazil should have no difficulty qualifying from their group. The top 4 automatically qualify and the 5th team play off against Australia. Brazil are currently well on course to qualify automatically, even the play off would be easy enough. Secondly just look at a full strength team that Brazil could put out. Dida is a good keeper, a great pair of full backs in Cafu and Roberto Carlos. Midfield is strong with Denilson, Rivaldo and Juninho ex-Middlesborough. In attack a fully fit Ronaldo by 2002 he will be only mid twenties, so with experience going back to the '94 world cup, on still young body and phenomenal talent, he could be a golden boot winner. Partnering him is Elber of Bayer Munich and Jardel, both success in Europe this year and the old bur experienced Romario. Also young star Geovanni has been snapped up by Barcelona, so youth is also coming through. Sure, Brazilian football has its problems. They have had three new coaches in one year, and have failed dismally. France did not take a full strength team to the Confederations cup, and still beat the teams that Brazil lost to. There has also been a big scandal that the squad selectors have been giving caps as favours to Brazilian based players to raise there value, but all countries go through bad runs, on and off the pitch. But people forget that Italy, France and the Netherlands has there own problems in passports and drugs scandals. Also remember the 1956 world cup with Pele. The Brazil team were awful in the early rounds, and just escaped to qualify. But they pulled
                the best results in the final stages to win it. The the qualifiers matches for Brazil are meaningless. They have no difficulty qualifying, so can rest stars and never play anywhere near as good as they can in the actual tournament. Ronaldo is special with skill and talent to spare, just how much the team needs him is seen in the 1998 final with his fit, that un-nerved the team and lost a match they should have won. Ronaldo has had a long term injury, and the other European stars like Dida, Rivaldo, Elber and Jardel are unwilling to fly to South America to play a meaningless qualifier in Bolivia or Venezuela. Even the players that do play are not up for it as they are small matches with no point. Come 2002 it will be a different matter. All the players will be available as the World Cup is held in between seasons, and the qualifiers in the middle of the European seasons. All will be playing for their lives, and all previous form goes out the window. Look out for Brazil in Japan and Korea, they may not win, but write them off at your own peril.

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                  31.01.2001 00:11

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                  How can you say that Brazil are not the best side in the world? O.k they are not as good as they used to be but with the quality and the stars they have in their team, nobody can doubt them. They are always favourites for every world cup they enter and, although they are struggling at the moment, I would still expect them to qualify for the 2002 World Cup and no doubt they will be the favourites again if they qualify. I think that at the moment the only side that can match Brazil for quality is France, and this is why France have been dominating International football for the last three years. But knowing Brazil’s charasmatic style they will bounce back and defy all the critics by winning the 2002 World Cup. You just could not bet against them because wherever you look in their side there is quality. They have Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Jardel, Cesar Sampaio, Junior Baiano, and the list could go on and on. This is the reason that I would never bet against them, they could score at any moment they wanted and they are so unpredictable that you never know what is going to happen next. I think Brazil got the reputation of being the world’s most skilful footballing nation from their ancestors. In the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s players like Pele and Jairzinho dominated every level of football that they played at, Brazil keep producing top quality youngsters and this is why they will go on being vastly successful for years and years to come.

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                  08.12.2000 02:29

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                  Brazil probably, if not, the best football team around, so what they lost to France in World Cup '98, every team goes through bad patches, how many teams are there that have actually beaten Brazil by numerous goals. With top quality players such as Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Leonardo, Taffarel etc. They can beat near enough every team around. Ronaldo, one of the best attackers/strikers in the world. Carlos, One of the best defenders in the world and has an excellent free kick, look at the one he took against england, it looked as it was going towards the corner flag!! And taffarel a goal keeper that probably doesn't have much to do as the the midfield stop most of the other team attacking, even if they get past the midfield look at the defence they have got!!

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                  03.12.2000 17:35

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                  Brazil are STILL the highest ranking side according to Fifa despite France winning the world cup in 1998 (and winning Euro 2000). They have some truly superb players, but played poorly in the final of France '98, but they are still an incredibly talented, fast moving side. They are the only international side to have won the world cup 4 times, and so were allowed to keep the trophy! In the past they have had some fantastic players like Pele, and more recntly Bebeto and Romario. The current squad is full of top players in all positions: Dunga in defence is an inspirational player, and a true leader. Rivaldo in midfield position is currently the best player in the world, Ronaldo, when he's not injured, is a threat to any defence, and there are many others who are simply brilliant: Leonardo, Tafferel, Juninho, Rai, Roberto Carlos, Denilson, Claudio, Junior Biaino, And so many more! Brazil will qualify for the world cup, and I hope they get into the later stages as they are a magnificent team to watch!

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                  24.11.2000 01:32
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                  There was a time a few years ago that Brazil were the best team in the world without question. I think that time has passed now as alot of the European teams seem to be getting stronger. Brazil have so many world class players but since the World Cup in France they dont seem to have the same team spirit. What other international team could boast the likes of Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Carlos. Those three players would get in any team in the world. Their technique is good but sometimes you have to question their ability to battle in a match. Their recent results have not been good and they have been beaten a few times by some of the average teams. You can only judge their performance really in a World Cup tournament. I look forward to the next one to see if it is really like just watching Brazil. Thats what alot of football fans chant when their team is playing well. How much longer will that be though?

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                    06.09.2000 02:22

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                    How can anyone dislike watching Brazil? they are just brilliant, they have had a bad start to their world cup qualifying campaign, but yeaterday's demolition of a rival by 5 goals to 0, proved they were near the best. At 34 years old Romario scored a hat-rick, all bar one, were well taken goals in difficult conditions. The penalty was not bad either, you can never write the Brazilians of, and they will be stronger next time the World Cup comes around. Mark my words.

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                    21.08.2000 18:14
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                    I love watching Brazilian football they are the samba of football, they are the most skilful nation with flare and determination. Just before England played in Euro 2000 they had a friendly match against Brazil the score was a stalemate of a one all draw. Brazil was a very poor side I reserved my judgement on them until now. Brazil qualifying group has already started and they have lost two matches up to now, if they don’t qualify it will be the biggest shock in world cup football. They don’t seem to have the players in there squad to trouble the other top nations not like in previous world cups

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                    I’m am no sure if many people have heard about this, but the brilliant, flamboyant team that we all know as the best, Brazil, have just been subjected to a humiliating defeat by Chile in a 2002 World Cup qualifier. They lost three nil in Santiago, the capital of Chile. They have now lost 2 of the last 3 qualifying games, after losing to Paraguay in July and the pressure is now on their coach, Wanderley Luxemburgo. Unsurprisingly, most of the damage was done by Marcelo Salas.

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                  The Brazil national football team is controlled by the CBF and represents Brazil in international football competitions. They are the most successful national football team in the history of the World Cup, with five championships (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002). A common quip about football is: The English invented it, the Brazilians perfected it. Brazil is generally considered to be the strongest football nation in the world and is the only team to have played in every World Cup.