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Going into their nineteenth consecutive FIFA World Cup at South Africa 2010, it is an obvious assumption that five-time world champion Brazil is always heavily favored to add yet another star to their legendary Verde-Amarela (green and yellow) shirt. Having played for A Seleção in three of these global showcases, rest assured that coach Dunga is completely aware that anything less than a sixth world crown for Brazil will more than likely be considered a failure by his nation.
A common little saying about soccer is that the English invented it, but the Brazilians perfected it. Currently first in the FIFA World Ranking, Brazil is consistently among the strongest football nations and is the only team to have played in every World Cup since its debut in 1930.
The fans' sometimes hostile reaction to Brazil's performances and outcomes, particularly early on in the recent qualifying rounds, shows just how demanding they can be. Regardless of ending the preliminaries atop the standings – after registering nine wins, seven draws, and two defeats, and clinching a South Africa 2010 berth with three game days to spare – the Green and Yellow squad had been subjected to a flood of abuse following successive 0-0 home draws versus Argentina, Bolivia, and Colombia. However, Brazil seemed to really hit their stride beginning in April of 2009, racking up five straight victories including two landmark wins on the road – a 4-0 rout of Uruguay in Montevideo, and a 3-1 defeat of archrival Argentina in Rosario, with the win in Argentina punching their ticket to South Africa.
While selecting just a handful of names from a country so well known for producing so much soccer talent is no easy task, 2009 did emphasize the importance of a few key players. Starting in the goal, there is keeper Júlio César whose sure hands are an integral part of A Seleção's stingy defense. The triumphant FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 performance solidified mid-fielder Kaká's place as the man Brazil looks to for inspiration, a fact enforced by his being awarded the Adidas Golden ball. Meanwhile, up front, striker Luis Fabiano showed to be a truly world-class finisher, having netted five goals including a priceless one in the 3-2 final victory over the United States.
Upon assuming the head coaching spot job in August of 2006, Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, better known as Dunga, had already gone through the full range of emotions that come with playing for Brazil; having been among the scapegoats pointed at following a disappointing World Cup Italy in 1990, the powerful mid-fielder rebounded to lead Brazil to victory four years later in at USA 1994. Despite the Brazilian national team position being his first coaching job, Dunga answered those who questioned his credentials by leading the Verde-Amarela to victory in the 2007 Copa America, the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009, and qualifying the team for South Africa 2010 by a comfortable margin.
This being Brazil's nineteenth straight FIFA World Cup finals, they are the only country to have taken part in every edition of the worldwide soccer showpiece. A Seleção is also the only team to have won the World Cup title five times (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), while putting together a total of 64 wins, 14 draws, and only 14 defeats in 92 games played. Also worth noting is the fact that during the span of nearly sixteen months – June 15, 2008 and October 11, 2009 – the Brazilians played nineteen matches without a single defeat.
This is a national team that has learned to live with being the favorite anywhere they play, but also one that has learned not to let it have a negative effect as it has in previous generations for the Green and Yellow. To be able to tell everyone you saw this magnificent Brazil team play on the world football stage, order 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ticket now and don't miss a minute.