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Brazilian Soccer - 4 Reasons Why Their National Team Is The Best
by: Gary Sargent

If you know anything about soccer, or futbol as it is known in Latin America, you'll know that the national team to beat is Brazil. Known for its trickery, fast flowing nature and attacking style, the Brazilian squad has been terrifying oppositions in World Cup matches for decades. If you were hopeful about the chances of your national squad beating Brazil, these 4 points should put you straight.

1) Brazilians want to win more than your team

Football in Brazil is close to a religion, and everyone from players to managers to spectators take it very, very seriously. To illustrate, three hours before a match by the national squad you'll be out of options to deposit a cheque because all the banks close, allowing their employees to prepare for the game. Brazilians also accept nothing less than a win as a result, viewing a draw as a loss. Up against that attitude, you won't stand much of a chance on the pitch or supporting from the sidelines.

2) Brazilians have the best players in the World

The ultra-rich European leagues are widely regarded as the best in the World, and they are flooded with Brazilians; 600 players to be exact. Superstars such as Robinho, Ronaldinho and Kaka dominate the English, Italian and Spanish leagues, commanding huge salaries and advertising contracts with big name sporting brands. To crown it all, the best player in the history of soccer is a Brazilian. Pele (Also known as the slightly less memorable Edison Arantes do Nascimento) was voted number one in the 2000 FIFA "Player of the Century" poll, amongst numerous other player and fan awards. Scoring an incredible 1281 goals in 1363 games, his talent is qualified by more than just opinion.

3) The Brazilian national team is a priority

As salaries for European teams climb higher, league teams are frequently accused of prioritising "club over country", with players encouraged by their coaches to focus on international competitions such as the UEFA cup more than those of the national squad, such as the World Cup. Not so in Brazil. Brazilian players have the tendency to view competing in the higher standard of the European leagues as an opportunity to develop and refine their skills in order to stand a better chance for national selection.

4) The Brazilian team is the most successful in the World

The statistics speak for themselves; with 5 World cup wins, Brazil are the most prolific national team on the planet. They are the only team to have qualified for every single World Cup, and their dominance of Latin American football is demonstrated by their successful retention of the Copa America in 2007.

Next time you jog out onto a pitch to play against the Brazilian team (hey, it could be possible!) or sit down to watch an international match, be sparing on the hope; you'll be betting against some of the most accomplished and competent players on the planet.

About The Author
Gary Sargent is the Managing Director of the tour companies Escaped to Peru and Escaped to Latin America and has lived in South America for over 10 years. Gary is passionate about Latino life, people, customs and places. To learn more or to book your next adventure please visit
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