Brazil – World Cup 2010 – Betting

Manager: Dunga Captain: Lucio FIFA World Ranking: 1 World Cup Appearances: 18 World Cup Winner – 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002

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Brazil Team Profile

No World Cup would be the same without a bit of samba and it’s a pleasure to say that Brazil will play an integral part in South Africa’s 2010 World Cup thanks to them steam rolling their way through qualification, becoming the first of the five South American countries participating in South Africa to make the cut. Now that the Samba specialists are in town, Brazilians back home in South America will fancy their chances of winning what would be their SIXTH World Cup – Stretching their record of World Cup wins further. Moreover, the Brazilians maintained their trend of qualifying for the finals, with Brazil about to participate in their 19th World Cup, while Brazil have never failed to qualify for a World Cup – A feat no other country can boast. Former Brazil great and 1994 World Cup winner as a player, Dunga is the man the hopes of the nation rest upon as he takes a Brazil squad blessed with extraordinary talent to South Africa aiming to make is six World Cup’s. Dunga has already guided Brazil to the FIFA Confederations Cup last year and he’ll aim to complete a quick fire double by claiming the World Cup on South African, becoming the first country to win the prestigious tournament on African soil in the process, adding that to their many other records and personal achievements. The Brazilians have an impeccable record in World Cup’s and will undoubtedly rate their chances of success very high once more as they boast one of the stronger teams in the competition. In the 18 World Cup’s they’ve participated in, Brazil have bowed out before the knock-out stage on just three occasions, while they’ve played in 7 finals (Winning 5 and losing 2) and have made the semi-final or better ten times. Led by a former Brazil player, Brazil will of course be sporting the colours of their famous bright yellow jerseys.


With success comes great responsibility and the pressure of the nation will land upon the shoulders of Dunga, who has come under his fair share of criticism in his time as national manager. Dunga has tried to transform the Brazilians into a complete package rather then being solely an all-out attacking force. For years Brazil have been a force to be reckoned with in the final third but their defence has generally been their achilles heel. Despite Dunga’s best efforts though, the Brazil defence is still shaky and vulnerable, but it’s in a better shape than never before some believe. Dunga was of course a former Brazilian international and was capped no less than 91 times for his country, scoring 9 goals along the way. He has got his hands on the trophy he wants to lift as the Brazil coach as a  Brazil player when he guided Brazil to the World Cup back in 1994 as captain, and although he has added the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup to his managerial CV as Brazil manager, he will be desperate to get his hands on another World Cup only this time as the Brazil coach; and with a wide array of attacking flair and technically gifted players at his disposal, he should go close to achieving his managerial dream. Dunga only needs the World Cup to complete an historic treble as manager of Brazil. In 2007 he led Brazil to the Copa America, 2009 seen him win the FIFA Confederations Cup so victory in South Africa would see his name enter into the history books with an unprecedented treble of international honours.

Brazil Key Players

Kaka The second most expensive player in the history of the game second only to his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka is undoubtedly the puppet master in the Brazil team, often seen picking the ball up from deep and charging into the heart of the opposing defence. An array of neat swivels and tricks, a blistering turn of foot and a deadly precise finish make Kaka one of the dangerous men alive purely from a football perspective. Kaka has the ability to single handily drive Brazil towards the victory line, while dashing the opponents hopes and dreams in the same instance. He’s a player which can break a nations hearts but could be the man to spearhead Brazil to their record sixth World Cup. Luis Fabiano The Seville forward is the man put solely in charge of obtaining the vast majority of Brazil’s goals in South Africa, while his 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Boot bodes well for his chances of completing a quick-fire Golden Boot double in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Fabiano, however, is a late bloomer at 29 years-old and has only made 36 appearances for his country but has one of the leanest goalscoring records around at international level, averaging more than a goal every other game after scoring 25 times for Brazil. He’s also scored twice against Argentina in qualifying, as well as scoring 9 goals in qualifying overall, thus proving that Fabiano doesn’t just score on a regular basis, he also scores in the big games and against the big teams.


It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Brazil’s most effective inventory is their attacking prowess. They have so many quality forwards that it puts other country’s to shame. Robinho & Kaka will be a handful for any defence while Luis Fabiano has been prolific in front of goal for Brazil. Dunga’s side will look to open up opposing defences with their lightening fast breakaways and you’ll often see Brazil scoring on the counter as their pace of attack is frightening.


By far and away Brazil’s biggest and arguably very obvious flaw is their defence. Despite having some highly trained and experienced stalwarts at the back, Brazil still haven’t mastered the art of defending. Lucio and Juan will form a centre-back partnership which doesn’t fill us with any great deal of confidence, as for all Lucio’s battling qualities, we don’t rate him as much of a defender as he’s clumsy and dirty. However, their main problem is with their full-backs. Every Brazil team has had world-class full-backs who bomb forward and aid the wingers with support and deliverieis into the boxes. This has proven very useful from an attacking point-of-view down the years but it leaves the Brazilians handicapped at the back , vulnerable against teams who specialise in counter-attacking football. Both Maicon and Dani Alves get forward very well, while their distribution is generally very good, but they’re rubbish at defending and even worse at tackling. It’s certainly an area in the team which other teams will look to exploit.

Brazil Qualification for the World Cup

Sector: South America Current Position: 1st Win-Draw-Lose: 9-7-2 Goals Scored: 33 Goals Conceded: 11

World Cup potential: 5/5

We would look stupid were we to claim the Brazilians, the most prolific and consistent nation in world football, had no chance of winning the prize in South Africa, so we haven’t. Spain maybe the bookies favourites to win outright but Brazil get our vote ahead of the Spanish. Arguably the best attacking force out of all the 32 teams competing in South Africa, it would be a massive shock were Brazil not to at least make the Semi-Finals. They are, however, one part of this years ‘Group of Death’ alongside the African Elephants, Ivory Coast and the Portuguese. You would fancy Brazil’s chances against both of those, and two authoritative displays against the pair of them would see Brazil’s price to win the competition outright plummet. We aren’t necessarily saying Brazil are stunning value, as at odds of around 5/1 they aren’t. However, Brazil are extremely reliable and consistent and for your money they’ll take you a long way, deep into the tournament. They are far from unbeatable though, as the USA so nearly proved at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup when taking a 2-0 lead into HT. Even so, it will take a colossal performance from one of the elite nations competing at the tournament to see off the classy Brazilians.

Brazil World Cup Betting Odds

Brazil to win the World Cup:         5/2 – Bet365 Before the World Cup the odds on Brazil were 5/1

Official Brazil World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers Julio Cesar (Inter Milan) Doni (AS Roma) Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur) Defenders Maicon (Inter Milan) Dani Alves (FC Barcelona) Michel Bastos (Olympique Lyon) Gilberto (Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte) Lucio (Inter Mailand) Juan (AS Roma) Luisao (Benfica Lisbon) Thiago Silva (AC Milan) Midfielders Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos Athens) Felipe Melo (Juventus) Ramires (Benfica Lissabon) Elano (Galatasaray Istanbul) Kaka (Real Madrid) Julio Baptista (AS Roma) Kleberson (Flamengo Rio de Janeiro) Josué (VfL Wolfsburg) Strikers Robinho (FC Santos) Luis Fabiano (FC Sevilla) Nilmar (FC Villarreal) Grafite (VfL Wolfsburg) last update: 18 June 2010

World Cup 2010 Brazil Fixtures – Group G

Date - Time Group Match Result
15/06 - 15.00 G Ivory Coast - Portugal 0-0
15/06 - 19.30 G Brazil - North Korea 2-1
20/06 - 19.30 G Brazil - Ivory Coast 3-1
21/06 - 12.30 G Portugal - North Korea 7-0
25/06 - 15.00 G Portugal - Brazil 0-0
25/06 - 15.00 G North Korea - Ivory Coast 0-3

28/06 – 19.30 – Round of the last 16: Brazil – Chile: 3-0 02/07 – 15.00 – Quarter Finals: Brazil – Holland

World Cup Group G - Table

Rank Team Matches / Points
1 Brazil 3 Matches / 7 Points
2 Portugal 3 Matches / 5 Points
3 Ivory Coast 3 Matches / 4 Points
4 North Korea 3 Matches / 0 Points

World Cup Fixtures and Results World Cup Group of Brazil


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