Team profile: Brazil

The talent available to coach Carlos Alberto Parreira means that Brazil must start the tournament as firm favourites. They are already the only nation to win consecutive World Cups and it will take a huge effort from an opponent to stop it happening again.

    FIFA Ranking: 1

    Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

    Key players: Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Kaka, Adriano

    World Cup record: 18th appearance

    Best Finish: Champion (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

    Last appearance: Champion 2002

    Qualifying route: Won the South American qualifying

    Key question: Will the much heralded formation which accommodates the Big Four bear fruit?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Dida 1
    Rogerio Ceni 12
    Julio Cesar 22
    Defenders
    Cafu 2
    Lucio 3
    Juan 4
    Roberto Carlos 6
    Cicinho 13
    Luisao 14
    Cris 15
    Gilberto 16
    Midfielders
    Emerson 5
    Kaka 8
    Ze Roberto 11
    Gilberto Silva 17
    Edmilson 18
    Juninho Pernambucano 19
    Ricardinho 20
    Forwards
    Adriano 7
    Ronaldo 9
    Ronaldinho 10
    Fred 21
    Robinho 23

    Group matches:

    v Croatia, 19:00 GMT, Tuesday 13th June - Berlin

    v Australia, 16:00 GMT, Sunday 18th June - Munich

    v Japan, 19:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Dortmund

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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