The Brazilians are definitely no strangers to the most intense and exciting Football tournament in the world, having played it for the first time in 1930. Since then they have participated 19 other Cups, making Russia their 21st championship. The sting of their disastrous 1-7 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of the Cup that the Canharinas themselves were hosting in 2014, has faded somewhat. Since Tite was appointed coach in 2016, the team has been going from strength to strength and is approaching the WC 2018 with confidence.
Charismatic, intelligent and a former midfielder, Tite is known for his eloquence in the speeches that he gives off the pitch. Adenor Bacchi, as he is formally known, is credited with turning the Brazilians around after they hit what many experts refer to as their rock bottom after being appointed captain in 2016. When he started, he brought decades of experience with him having been coaching since 1990. His past successes include taking Corinthians to Club World Cup glory in 2012.
Of all the countries who have campaigned to lift the Cup, Brazil is the most prolific and most successful. They have won the title 5 times and clinched second, third, and fourth places twice each. Theirs is the only national team to have qualified for every single edition of the contest, with no absences or need for playoffs, and as a result has run out on the greatest Football stage 20 times so far; WC 2018 will mark their 21st. Their last victory was in 2002, against Germany, in Japan.
The home jersey for the Little Canaries is yellow as always, but a slightly different shade from the previous few year. The collar is trimmed in green, and overall Nike seems to have achieved its goal of replicating Brazil’s iconic 1970 Cup look, in the year that the games were first broadcast in colour. The away shirts are a bright blue, with the Nike insignia on the right and the Brazil Football association emblem on the left in both cases. Blue shorts and white socks complete the look.