Before 1971, Brazil did not have a national league. The state leagues, notably the Campeonato Paulista (Sao Paulo) and Campeonato Carioca (Rio de Janeiro) were the main football competitions in Brazil. Most of the big clubs are located in the two states. The two major states could produce all-time team that would be among the greatest in the world. I have create 23-member all-time teams for both states. In addition, I create all-team Best XI selections for North & Northeast region, and then another Best XI for South and Southwest(excluding players born in Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo). I was unable to create one for the Central-West. I could only find two players of note from there. Both Kaka and Lucio were born in the Federal District. My All-time Brazil team is located here.
This is the Best XI team for the South & Southwest regions of Brazil. The South region consists of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina while the Southwest include Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. For this selection, I have excluded players from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Both Gremio and Internacional are located in Porto Alegre in the South region. Minas Gerais is the home of Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro.
GK: Claudio Taffarel(Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul)
Taffarel earned over 100 caps. He was the starting goalkeeper for the WC 1994 winning team. During an 18-year career, he played professionally for six clubs, including Parma, Internacional, Atlético Mineiro and Galatasaray. He won an UEFA Cup with Galatasaray.
GK: Rogerio Ceni (Pato Branco, Parana)
Roger Ceni is known as the goalkeeper who scored a lot of goals. He is recognized as the highest scorer in history for a keeper. He is a long-term keeper for Sao Paulo. He went to two WC Finals as a backup.
GK: Heurelho Gomes (João Pinheiro, Minas Gerais)
He was a part of the 2010 WC team. He played for PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspurs. He was limited to 11 caps because he played in the same generation as Dida, Marcos, Julio Ceasar, Rogerio Ceni, etc.
RB: Maicon (Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul)
Maicon started his career with Cruzeiro before heading to Europe. He first played for Monaco and then, Inter Milan. At Inter Milan, he was widely considered to be the best rightback in the world. He won the Champions' League in 2010. He earnmed 76 caps for Brazil, appearing in the WC Finals in 2010 and 2014.
He was Cafu's backup at the 2002 WC Finals in Japan/Korea. He playued for Sao Paulo, Atlético Mineiro, Villareal, Barcelona, Chelsea and Fluminense.
CB: Oscar (Monte Siao, Minas Gerais)
Oscar had 60 caps for Brazil. He was the starting centerbacks at the WC in 1978 and 1982, and went as a reserve player in 1986. He played for Atlética Ponte Preta, Sao Paulo and NY Cosmos.
CB: Luizinho (Nova Lima, Minas Gerais)
He was the starting centerback at the WC Finals in 1982, where he also made the team of then tournament. He played mainly with Atlético Mineiro. He also played for Sporting CP in Portugal.
CB: Mauro Ramos (Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais)
He went to both 1954 and 1958 World Cup Finals without playing a game, but in 1962, he lifted the WC trophy as Brazil's captain. He played for Santos and Sao Paulo. At Santos, he was a part of Pele's great Santos team.
CB: Roque Júnior (Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Minas Gerais)
He played for São José, Palmeiras, A.C. Milan, Leeds United F.C., A.C. Siena, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, MSV Duisburg and Qatari side Al-Rayyan. With Palmeiras, he won the Copa Libertadores in 1999. He also won the Champions' League in 2003 with AC Milan. He won the WC in 2002.
LB: Everaldo (Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul)
Everaldo earned 24 caps for the Seleção. He was known for being the starting left back at the World Cup Finals in 1970. He was the first ever player from Gaucho to have won a World Cup. Greimo added a Gold Star on its flag to honour Everaldo's achievements. Everaldo spent his entire career with Greimo and was considered one of its greatest players.
LB: Branco (Bage, Rio Grande do Sul)
Branco appeared 72 times for Brazil, between April 1985 and February 1995. He went to both Italia 1990 and USA 1994. In 1994, he scored a powerful against Holland that sent Brazil to the semifinal. On the club level, Branco played for Internacional (1980–81), Fluminense (1981–86)(94)(99), Brescia (1986–88), FC Porto (1988–91), Genoa (1991–93), Grêmio (1992–94), Flamengo (1995), Corinthians (1995), Middlesbrough (1996), and MetroStars (1997).
DM: Dunga (Ijui, Rio Grande do Sul)
Dunga's bluecollar and defensive style of football symbolized a new era in Brazil's football. He played 91 times for Brazil. He was the captain of Brazil's WC winning team in 1994. He also went to Italia 1990 and France 1998. He played in Brazil, Japan, Italy and Germany in his career.
DM: Toninho Cerezo (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais)
Toninho Cerezo started with Atlético Mineiro. He also played for Roma and Sampdoria in Italy. With São Paulo FC, he was the two-times winner of the Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores. He earned 57 caps. He went to Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982.
DM: Gilberto Silva (Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais)
Gilberto Silva started his career with Atlético Mineiro. He was best remembered for his 6 seasons with Arsenal. He was a key player at the 2002 WC finals in Japan/Korea after Emerson was injured before the tournament.
DM/CM: Emerson (Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul)
For nearly a decade, Emerson was a key player for Brazil. He was due to captain the 2002 side, but an injury right before the Finals kept him out of the tournament. He played for Gremio, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Santos.
CM: Alemao (Lavras, Minas Gerais)
Alemao was capped 39 times. He went to Mexico 1986 and Italia 1990. He also won the Copa America in 1989. For his club career, he played with Diego Maradona at Napoli where they broke up the dominance of Northern Italian clubs. He also played for Botafogo in Brazil and other clubs.
CM: Falcao(Abelardo Luz, Santa Catarina)
At one stage, Falcao was the world's highest paid footballer. He played with Internacional at home before becoming the star of Roma in the 1980's. He won Serie A in 1982-83 and Roma had to wait 17 years for the next title after that. In 1985, he returned home and played for Sao Paulo. For the national team, he was left out of the World Cup team in Argentina, but four years later, he was a key player for the fantastic Brazilian of Spain 1982. He won the Silver Ball as the best Brazilian playing in Spain. He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1986.
Eder came to international prominence during the 1982 World Cup in Spain, playing in midfield alongside Zico, Sócrates and Falcão. He scored a beautiful goal against the Soviet Union. He was known as a free kick specialist. He played for many clubs throughout his career, but longer stints with Gremio and Atlético Mineiro.
LM: Ronaldinho (Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul)
He was a member of the "Three R's" with Rivaldo and Ronaldo that helped Brazil winning the WC in 2002. He started his career with Gemio before moving to Europe. He played with Paris St Germaine and Barcelona before his form started to drop. He formed the REM line with Etoo and Messi before fighting among them destroyed the team.
FW: Pele (Tres Coracoes, Minas Gerais)
He is considered the greatest player ever in the history of the game. he won his World Cup in 1958 as a 17 years old. He would win his second one in 1962, but he was injured throughout the tournament. In 1970, he won his third and final World Cup, with a team that was considered the greatest ever. He played almost his entire career with Santos. He unretired to join New York Cosmos in 1976.
ST: Reinaldo (Ponte Nova, Minas Gerais)
He was a hero at Atlético Mineiro, where the fans called him the "King". He was their all-time leading scorer. He won eight Campeonato Mineiro titles including six consecutively: in 1976, 1978–1983 and 1985. For the national team, he earned 37 caps and went to Argentina 1978.
ST: Giovane Élber (Londrina, Paraná)
At his prime, he was one of the greatest strikers playing in Europe. He formed the famous magic triangle with Krassimir Balakov and Fredi Bobic with VfB Stuttgart. With bayern Munich, he was the star player as the club won 4 league titles and the Champions' League in 2001. However, he only played 15 times for Brazil, largely due to stiff competition.
ST: Tostao (Bleo Horizonte, Minas Gerais)
Tostao was the starting forward of Brazil's 1970 WC Team. He was a false noine, providing assists for the rest of the team. He nearly missed the WC Finals due to an eye injury. He also went to England 1966. He was South American Player of the Year in 1973. He played 11 years with Cruzeiro.
- I chose Heurelho Gomes over Ado ( Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina) and Carlos Germano (Domingos Martin, Espirito Santo)
- I left out leftback Oreco.
This is my only all-time team from Brazil that does not use the 4-2-2-2. A team that included Pele, Ronaldinho and Falcao would be very strong. However, the bench is very weak.