January 8, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Brazil (CONMEBOL), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Brazil, with 8 other player-options listed).

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Brazil national team. CONMEBOL (South America). Nickname: A Seleção (the Selection). Home jersey: yellow with green trim; blue pants.
-Brazil is in Group A (with Cameroon, Croatia, and Mexico), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group A‘ (
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifcation: 20th qualification out of 20 tries (Brazil automatically qualified for 2014 as host nation; nevertheless Brazil is the only country in the world to have played in every of the 20 FIFA World Cups) [the FIFA World Cup has been played every four years since 1934, with 1942 and 1946 not played due to World War II].
Previous World Cup appearance: 2010, Quarterfinals / 3-1-1.
Highest World Cup finish:
1958, Champions / 5-1-0.
1962: Champions / 5-1-0.
1970, Champions / 6-0-0.
1994, Champions / 5-2-0.
2002, Champions / 7-0-0.

Population of Brazil: 201.0 million. Capital: Brasilia, pop. 4.0 million. Largest city: São Paulo, pop. 19.8 million. {metro areas/2013 estimates}. ‘List of largest cities in Brazil‘ (
There are 12 host-cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The ten largest cities in Brazil all have been chosen as host-cities. Those cities, in order of population size are: São Paulo, São Paulo State. Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro State. Salvador, Bahia State. Brasília, Distrito Federal. Fortaleza, Ceará State. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State. Manaus, Amazonas State. Curitiba, Paraná State. Recife, Pernambuco State; Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul State. The final two host-cities are much smaller. They are the 20th-largest city in Brazil, Natal, in Rio Grande do Norte State in the hot and arid Northeast Region; and the 34th-largest city in Brazil, Cuiabá, in the south-west of the country in Mato Grosso State in the Pantanal region (a tropical wetlands). All 12 venue-locations are shown on the map below. Also, see2014 FIFA World Cup/Venues‘ (
-Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari. Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari was coach of Brazil when they last won the World Cup, in 2002. Other titles to his name are with both Cruzeiro and Palmeiras in the Brasileiro. Scolari’s second stint as coach of Brazil began on 28 November 2012.

From, from 18 March 2014, by Tim Vickery, ‘World Cup 2014: Why a fully-fit Fred holds the key for Brazil‘ (
From, from 9 May 2014, ‘Brazil reveal World Cup squad as Kaka, Robinho and Lucas Moura miss out‘ (

    Below: Theoretical Best XI for Brazil (with 8 other player-options further below) updated to reflect final roster selection by Scolari -

Photo and Image credits above -
Map of Brazil on globe, by Addicted04 at
Map of Brazil with provinces by NordNordWest at ‘File:Brazil location map.svg‘ (
Brazil home jersey badge, photo from
Brazil home jersey, photo from
Luiz Felipe Scolari, photo from
Júlio César (QPR), photo unattributed at
Dani Alves (FC Barcelona), photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe via
Thiago Silva (PSG), photo unattributed at
David Luiz (), photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe via
Marcelo (Real Madrid), photo Pedro Armestre/AFP via
Oscar (Chelsea), photo from via
Paulinho (Tottenham), photo from AFP via
Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), photo from imago via
Hulk (Zenit), photo by Epsilon/Getty Images Europe via
Fred (Fluminenese), photo by Daniel Zappe/ via
Neymar (FC Barcelona), photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe via
Other options for squad -
Willian LW/AM/RW (Chelsea), photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe via
Jô FW (Atlético Mineiro), photo unattributed at
Dante CB (Bayern Munich), photo unattributed at
Maxwell LB/LM/CM (PSG), photo unattributed at
Maicon RW/RM (Roma). photo unattributed at
Hernanes (Inter), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via
Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), photo by Divulgação via
Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Brazil national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.

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