Although it did not win the World Cup this year, the
Brazilian national football team has won five World Cup
titles, the most of all time. Brazil won the
championship in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002. They
were the reigning champion until the Italian team won
recently in 2006. The Brasil soccer or futbol t-shirts
seen here give a sense of national pride to the country.
In the 2006 World Cup, Brasil made a strong showing.
In the opening round, they won all three games, beating
Croatia, Australia, and Japan. Brazil then went on to
beat Ghana in the round of 16. Unfortunately, the
soccer team lost to France in the next round. France
went on to play in the title game, but lost in a shootout.
Brazil had been in the final in all of the three previous
World Cup games.