Friday, 3 January 2014

ROAD TO BRAZIL 2014 - #BRAZIL (HOST NATION) - #Brazil2014 #WorldCup

Not being in the qualification campaign being the hosts, Brazil made preparation for the next world cup on their home soil through friendly games, most recent of them coming in a 2-1 Victory over Chile. The match featured some of the games biggest stars in the likes of Neymar for Brazil and Alexis Sanchez for Chile. Brazil came into the game unbeaten in five games in a roll, and the Confederations Cup champions after a 3-0 victory in the final over South Africa 2010 World Cup champions, Spain. In Miami, Brazil also routed Honduras 5-0 in continuation of their World Cup preparations.
Brasil 2 Vs 1 Chile

Last game at last World Cup appearance... Brazil 1 vs 2 Netherlands (South Africa 2010)

Here are some information about the Brazil national team;
Nicknames- Canarinho.
Head Coach - Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Most Caps - Cafu (142).
Top Scorer - Pele (77).
FIFA Ranking - 10.
Highest FIFA Ranking - 1 (151 times on 7 occasions).
Lowest FIFA Ranking - 22 (June 2013).
First International match - Argentina 3-0 Brazil ( 20 September 1914).
Biggest Win - Brazil 14-0 Nicarugua (17 October 1975).
Biggest Defeat - Uruguay 6-0 Brazil ( 18 September 1920).
World Cup Appearances - 20 (First in 1930).
Best Result - Winners, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974 and 2002.

World Champions (Korea Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Final) - Brazil 2 Vs 0 Germany

Thiago Emiliano da Silva.
Date of Birth - 22 September 1984 (age 29)
Place of Birth - Roi de Janeiro, Brazil.
Height - 1.83m (6ft 0in).
Playing Position - Centre Back.
Current Club - Paris Saint-Germain.
Number - 2.
Previous Clubs - RS futebol, Juventude, Porto, Dynamo Moscow, Fluminense, Milan.
National Caps - 44.
Goals Scored - 2.

Thiago Silva plays for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil national team. He was selected by Dunga to play for Brazil in 2008 Olympics. He was one of the two players over 23 years of age, the other one being Ronaldinho, playing three matches. He later went on to play for Brazil in a friendly match against England. On 30 May 2012, he scored his first goal for Brazil with a header from a corner kick by Neymar against United States. He is Brazil National team's captain.

Frederico Chaves Guedes.
Date of Birth - 3 october 1983 (age 30).
Place of Birth - Teofilo otoni, minas Gerais, Brazil
Height - 1.85m (6ft 1in).
Playing position - Striker.
Current club - Fluminense.
Number - 9.
Previous Clubs - America Mineiro, Cruzeiro, Lyon.
National Caps - 30.
Goals Scored - 16.

Fred plays for Fluminense and the Brazil national team. He made his international debut for Brazil in 2005, was selected for the 2006 World Cup. He was also part of Brazil's victories at the 2007 Copa America and the 2013 Confederations Cup. Fred scoored the fastest goal in professional football history while playing for America Mineiro against Vila Nova during a Copa Sao Paulo de Junoires match. The goal was scored 3.17 seconds after the match started.

Lucas Pezzini-Leiva.
Date of Birth - 9 January 1987 (age 26).
Place of Birth - Dourados, Brazil.
Height - 1.79m (5ft 10in).
Playing position - Defensive midfielder.
Current Club - Liverpool.
Number - 21.
Previous Club - Gremio.
National Caps - 24.
Goals Scored - None.

Lucas plays for Liverpool and the Brazil national team. He was the former captain of the Brazilian U20. He led the team to victory in the 2007 South American Youth Championships scoring 4 goals in the process. Lucas gained his first official Brazil international cap on 22 August 2007 , coming on as a substitute in a friendly against Algeria. In June 2008, Lucas was named in the Brazil squad for an Olympics warm-up match later in the month. Like his other colleagues, Lucas will be an experienced player in the Brazil squad come Brazil 2014

Neymar da Silva Santos Junior.
Date of Birth - 5 February 1992 (age 21).
Place of Birth - Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil.
Height - 1.75m (5ft 8in).
Playing position - Forward/Winger.
Current Club - Barcelona.
Number - 11.
Previous Club - Santos.
National Caps - 46.
Goals Scored - 27.

Neymar plays for Barcelona and the Brazilian national team as a forward or as a winger. At the age of 19, he won the 2011 South American footballer of the year award after coming third in 2010. He followed this up by winning it again in 2012. In 2011, Neymar received nominations fot the FIFA Ballon d'Or where he came 10th and the FIFA puskas award which he won. He is known for his acceleration, speed, dribbling, finishing and ability with both feet. His playing style has earned him critical acclaim, with fans, media, and former players drawing comparisons to former Brazil forward Pele, who has called Neymar "an excellent player", while Ronaldinho states "he will be the best in the World"

Lucas Rodriguez Moura da Silva.
Date of Birth - 13 August 1992 (age 21).
Place of Birth - Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Height - 1.72m (5ft 7in).
Playing position - Attacking midfielder / Winger.
Current club - Paris Saint-Germain.
Number - 29.
Previous Club - Sao Paulo.
National Caps - 31.
Goals Scored - 4.

Lucas Moura plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team as an attacking midfielder or as a winger. Lucas was a frequent member of the Brazil U20 international side. In February 2011, lucas was involved for Brazil in the U20 South American Championship where he scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 victory over Uruguay in the final. Lucas made his senior international debut for Brazil in a friendly match against Scotland on 27 March 2011. On 28 September 2011, Lucas scored his first international goal for Brazil against Argentina.

Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior.
Date of Birth - 9 September 1991 (age 22).
Place of Birth - Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Height - 1.80m (5ft 11in).
Playing position - Attacking midfielder.
Current Club - Chelsea.
Number - 11.
Previous Clubs - Sao Paulo, Internacional.
National Caps - 28.
Goals Scored - 8.

Oscar plays for Chelsea and the Brazilian national team. He has represented his country at the U20 level, at the 2012 London Olympics and at senior level. On 20 August 2011, he sscored three goals in the 2011 FIFA U20 World cup final win against Portugal, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA U20 World cup final. He earned his first cap for the senior team against Argentina. His first goal also came against Argentina in a 4-3 defeat in June 2012. In 2012, oscar was ranked 37th in the Guardian's 100 Best footballers. His playing style has drawn comparisons to Brazil International Kaka' and Germany international Mesut Ozil.

Brazil's 23 Man World Cup team
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC, on loan from QPR), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro).

Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma), Maxwell, Thiago Silva (both Paris St-Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli).

Midfielders: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires , Willian, Oscar (all Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg).

Standby: Diego Cavalieri (Fluminese) Miranda, Filipe Luis (both Atletico Madrid), Rafinha (Bayern Munich), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool), Lucas Moura (Paris St-Germain), Alan Kardec (Sao Paulo).

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