June 17, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup: Brazil, 23-man roster.

Filed under: Brazil,FIFA World Cup, 2010 — admin @ 3:43 pm

Brazil 2010 World Cup squad.

The map shows the birthplaces of the 23-man Brazil team competing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At the lower left of the map page are photos of likely starters and key subs (18 player photos). Because of the Brazilian custom of giving players nicknames (which often bear little or no resemblance to their given names), I have listed the player’s full given name on the far left, with the common currency nickname in darker letters.

Brazil is a federation comprised of 26 States and one Federal District. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, both in geographical terms and by population. Brazil’s population is around 193 million {see this, ‘List of countries by population’ (}. Here is a list of largest cities in Brazil, {‘List of largset cities in Brazil‘}.

Seven States, and the Federal District, produced players in Brazil’s 2010 World Cup squad…
7 players were born in São Paulo State.
6 players were born in Rio de Janeiro State.
2 players were born in Minas Gerais State.
2 players were born in Brasilia, in the Federal District.
2 players were born in Minas Gerais State.
2 players were born in Paraná State.
1 player was born in Bahia State.
1 player was born in Pernambuco State.

20 of the 23 players in the squad play professionally in Europe (which, in football terms, includes Turkey). The other 3 play in Brazil…FW Robinho, who is actually still owned by an English club, Manchester City, but is on loan back to his original club, Santos FC (who are from the port city of Santos, which is about 54 km. (33 mi.) south of São Paulo); MF Kléberson, who plays for the most-supported Brazilian club, reigning champions Flamengo, of Rio de Janeiro; and DF Gilberto, who plays for Cruzeiro of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais.

Here is the breakdown of the 20 foreign-based players on the Brazil team…
8 players play in Italy, in Serie A.
4 players play in Spain, in La Liga.
2 players play in Germany, in Budesliga-1.
2 players play in Portugal, in Liga Sagres.
1 player plays in England, in the Premier League.
1 player plays in France, in Ligue Un.
1 player plays in Turkey, in Süper Lig.
1 player plays in Greece, in Super League.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, Brazil national football team.
Thanks to UK Soccer, for the photos of the Brazil jerseys.

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