Also known as: A Seleção (The Selection), Verde-Amarela (Green and Yellow) and Esquadrão de Ouro (Golden Squad).
Manager: Dunga – Played for Brazil in midfield for 16 years. Dunga’s nickname is Portuguese for “Dopey”, the smallest of the Seven Dwarfs, which was given to him by his uncle when he believed that he would never grow to be tall. Won the World Cup as a player in 1994, scoring the final and winning penalty in the shoot-out against Italy. He was included in the team of the tournament alongside the likes of Paolo Maldini and Roberto Baggio. As a manager, he has won the Copa América in 2007 and Confederations Cup in 2009. His highlights include beating Argentina 3-0 and Chile 6-1 in the Copa América and beating Italy 3-0 in the Confederations Cup.
Captain: Lúcio – Playing his 10th year for Brazil and in his third World Cup. He spent 5 years at Bayern Munich, winning three league titles and six other trophies, before joining Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan in 2009. He won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 after beating Germany 2-0, as well as the Confederations Cup in 2005 (beating Argentina 4-1 in the final) and in 2009.
World Cup history: 2006 (quarter-finals), 2002 (winners), 1998 (final), 1994 (winners), 1990 (round of 16), 1986 (quarter finals), 1982 (second round), 1978 (semi-finals), 1974 (semi-finals), 1970 (winners), 1966 (first round), 1962 (winners), 1958 (winners), 1954 (quarter-finals), 1938 (semi-finals), 1934 (first round), 1930 (first round). In the 17 World Cups Brazil have competed in, they have reached at least the semi-final on 9 occasions.
Brazil take on North Korea tonight, in the easier half of the fixtures, after the Ivory Coast takes on Portugal this afternoon. Potentially, this could be one of the best games of the tournament. Whilst I understand that good games can usually be measured by excitement down at both ends, I for one am excited to watch Brazil, potentially, rip their opposition to shreds.
Do remember that if Brazil win the World Cup this year RoM will get to interview the editor of The Sun.