Brazilians love soccer, and the world loves seeing Brazil playing soccer, thus making the FIFA World Cup one of the most important sporting events to Brazil. In 2014 Brazil will proudly be hosting the World Cup, and we can barely contain our excitement about this. In the spirit of this, we thought we’d look back at some important events in Brazil’s World Cup history.
#1 Brazil has won the World Cup a record 5 times.
#2 Brazil’s Pele has been involved in the winning of 3 World Cups, 1958, 1962, and 1970, and is the only player to hold this title.
#3 Ronaldo scored 15 goals in the 1998, 2002, and 2006 tournaments.
#4 Pele was only 17 when he made a record goal in the 1958 game against Sweden. He was standing in the penalty area facing away from the goal when he trapped the ball with his chest and kicked the ball over his head while fending off a defender and into the goal past goalkeeper Karl Svensson.
#5 Mario Zagallo was not only a player in the winning 1958 World Cup, he was also a coach. A first in World Cup history.
#6 In 1962, there was actually a tie between 6 players, including Brazil’s Garrincha.
#7 Brazil has participated in 92 World Cup tournaments.