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A little about Brazilian soccer

Brazil is quite simply the world’s most successful soccer nation that has as its high altar the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the world’s largest stadium, capable, at one time, of holding a crowd of over 200,000. Brazil, the only four-time world champion, stakes its claim to the number one spot by being the only nation to compete in all sixteen World Cup finals since the first cup was played in Uruguay in 1930.

Brazil won the cup for the fourth time during the finals held in the USA in 1994. Brazil’s other moments of glory coming in Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962 and Mexico in 1970, when it won the Jules Rimet trophy outright. The country was second in 1950, when the finals were held in Brazil, and second again in France in 1998; third in 1938 and 1978; and fourth in 1974; and fifth in 2002.

Soccer can be seen in Brazil during most of the year as teams dispute municipal and state championships before competing in the all important Brazilian championship that, after a series of league games, boils down to the sudden death quarter–finals, semi–finals and the final that are all played over two legs (home and away) to decide the national title.

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