FIFA has confirmed three bids to host the Women's World Cup in 2023 have made it to the final stage of the process.

Proposals from Japan and Colombia have qualified, as has a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand.

The FIFA Council will hold an online meeting and vote on June 25 to select the successful bid for a tournament that will involve 32 nations for the first time.

FIFA's update came "following a detailed assessment of the bid books and visits to the bidding countries", as they published their Bid Evaluation Report.

"Three bids will be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 host(s)," added a statement from the governing body on Wednesday.

FIFA ranked the Australia-New Zealand bid as the "most commercially favourable" and the highest scoring overall with 4.1 points out of five. 

Japan (3.9) and Colombia (2.8) were behind, but both were over the required threshold and proceed to the vote.

The United States won the last Women's World Cup, which was hosted by France in 2019.

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: "One year after the record-breaking eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, the FIFA Council will decide on the host(s) for the ninth edition of the tournament in 2023, which we hope will be even bigger and better. 

"The quality of the bids is testimony to the tremendous momentum women's football has generated.

"We are looking forward to building on this to take women's football to the next level at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023."

Brazil withdrew their proposal on Monday and will instead join the other South American nations in backing Colombia.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said the current economic situation, fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic, was one of the reasons for its withdrawal.

It added that it would also be unfavoured due to hosting several big events in recent years, including the 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics and 2019 Copa America.

South America has never hosted a Women's World Cup, while Asia has done so twice – in China in 1991 and 2007.

Brazil has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup ahead of this month's vote.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced the decision in a statement on Monday, with the vote to decide the hosts to be held on June 25.

It leaves three bids remaining – Australia and New Zealand, Japan and Colombia.

Brazil said the current economic situation, fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic, was one of the reasons for its withdrawal.

It added that it would also be unfavoured due to hosting several big events in recent years, including the 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics and 2019 Copa America.

"Thus, CBF decided to withdraw the Brazilian candidacy and support Colombia in the dispute for the host of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023," the statement added.

South America has never hosted a Women's World Cup, while Asia has done so twice – in China in 1991 and 2007.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola still dreams of managing a national team in the future, according to his brother Pere Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola has never hidden his desire to lead an international team at a major tournament and has been heavily linked with Argentina and Brazil in the past.

The Catalan coach previously suggested taking charge of Spain was "unlikely" and he has a contract with City until the end of next season.

Pere Guardiola, who is an agent, part owner of LaLiga side Girona and this week opened a branch of his Media Base Sports company in Brazil, said a role outside of the club arena still appeals to his brother.

Brazil has recently seen an increased investment in foreign coaches, with Jorge Jesus, Jesualdo Ferreira, Jorge Sampaoli, Eduardo Coudet and Rafael Dudamel all having spells in charge of top-flight clubs.

Asked if Guardiola could ever take charge of a Campeonato Brasileiro side or the Selecao, Pere Guardiola told Globo Esporte: "Brazil has won everything with Brazilian coaches. I think you have good coaches, you don't have to have only foreigners.

"Pep has a dream of coaching a national team someday, but we'll see how it goes; what will be the moment, if he will receive an offer.

"It is not something for the present."

City are set to lose their Premier League crown to Liverpool in 2019-20, as they sit 25 points off the leaders with 10 games left to play.

The defending champions are set to play their first game in three months on June 17, with the coronavirus pandemic having forced the season's suspension in March.

Pep Guardiola improved Douglas Luiz by "70 per cent" despite the Brazilian working with the coach for just a few months across his time at Manchester City.

Douglas Luiz joined City from Vasco da Gama as a teenager in 2017 but was swiftly sent out on loan to Girona for the 2017-18 season, before returning to the Spanish side for the following campaign.

Those temporary moves came either side of a full pre-season Douglas Luiz spent with Guardiola and the City senior squad, while he also teamed up with them briefly ahead of his permanent move to Aston Villa last July.

Although Douglas Luiz's exposure to Guardiola's coaching methods was limited, he was still able to appreciate just how good the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich tactician is.

"I have no words to explain him," Douglas Luiz told Vasco TV. "He's a guy who is focused on football, his life is football.

"For me, he is the best coach in the world. In two months, the guy managed to evolve more than 70 per cent of my potential.

"I have a lot of affection for him, I thank him so much for everything he did. I feel very honoured to have this affection from a great coach, who for me is the best, for my football."

Despite a promising second season with Girona and training with City's first team, when an offer reportedly worth £15million arrived from Villa, Douglas Luiz's days at Etihad Stadium were over.

It came as a surprise to the midfielder and, while City inserted a buy-back clause in the deal, at Villa he feels he has found a home not too dissimilar to Vasco.

"I didn't expect to be sold, but I think God knows everything," he said. "I am very happy in this great club that, for me, is like Vasco.

"It has its 'cauldron' [stadium], it has a very passionate crowd for the club. It is a club that is recognised throughout the country, and I'm sure the club is very happy.

"There is a clause that Manchester City can buy me in those first two years."

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is determined to play for Santos, even if it is much later in his career.

The 24-year-old has spoken previously of a wish to represent the Brazilian club, whose president admitted this month to having contacted the player personally.

Pereira has been at United since 2011 and had been a mainstay in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans this season, making 37 appearances in all competitions before the campaign was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

While he remains keen to stay in Europe for now, with his United contract running until June 2023, Pereira yearns to win trophies with Santos before he retires.

He told Globo Esporte: "My whole family is from Santos. Since I was little, I grew up watching this. I was becoming a player and I always dreamed of playing for Santos, but I went to Manchester.

"I got older, then everyone said, 'Why won't you play for our Santos?' I want to go, but I can't now. I want to play football in Europe, and then I'll go.

"I want to go to Santos to win. I'm not going there to finish and to 'steal' money. I'm going to play well, so people say: 'Remember Andreas at Santos?'"

Pereira was born in Belgium and played for them at youth level before representing Brazil in the Under-20s.

He earned his first senior cap in a friendly against El Salvador in September 2018 but has not made an appearance for the Selecao since.

Pereira says Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has told him he would be welcome to switch allegiances, but the player insists he only ever wanted to play for Brazil.

"The Belgium coach spoke to me after I was called up. He asked what the situation was, if there was any chance I could play for Belgium," he said.

"I said that I'm Brazilian at heart, my family is Brazilian. I was born in Belgium but I never intended to play for Belgium. I never thought about that.

"He said that, if I don't feel happy one day, if they treat me in a way I don't like, they will always have open arms."

Unai Emery believes Neymar has the capacity to usurp Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world.

Former Paris Saint-Germain head coach Emery worked with Neymar for his first season in France after the Brazil international's €222million move from Barcelona in 2017.

The Spaniard, who left PSG in 2018 and went on to manage Arsenal, loved his experience with Neymar and continues to believe in the 28-year-old's world-class ability.

"I had a magnificent year with him," Emery said, per EFE, in an interview with Granada coach Diego Martinez, who was his assistant at Sevilla.

"I learned so much watching his responses in each training session and in games.

"Neymar has the talent inside him but also the ability and qualities to execute it.

"I think he's got an opportunity to take the baton from Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and be the best player in the world, and he has the time to do it."

Neymar has won six trophies in his three seasons at PSG, including a Ligue 1 title in each year.

Champions League success has so far eluded him in France, though PSG had secured a quarter-final place in this season's competition before the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to major football.

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho Gaúcho) became only the second Barcelona player after Diego Maradona to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu. In that season he was to win his second FIFA World Player of the Year award as well as the Ballon d’Or. Ronaldinho had scored two spectacular goals in the game between Barcelona and Real, a derby known for pitting two of the world’s greatest footballing rivals against each other. His heroics in the El Clásico would come a year after Ronaldinho had won the World Cup with Brazil. He was at the top of his game and that put him on top of the world.

There are many, whom, having seen Ronaldinho, declare him the most skillful player to ever play the game, but the midfielder was also effective. That skill, the ability to dribble past players, score goals almost at will, and produce trickery that would make the world sit up and watch, brought with it trophies. Ronaldinho would become versed at taking free kicks and was always dangerous because of his ability to play anywhere in the attacking third of the football field. Ronaldinho was sometimes deployed as a winger, on either side of the midfield, as well as in the more central number-10 role. On occasion, he would also become the striker, which made him fearsome to defend. What was most scary about playing against Ronaldinho was the almost natural way he had of creating danger for opposition defenders. According Netherlands midfield general, Edgar Davids, who played with him at Milan, "For the skills and tricks, Ronaldinho was the best player that I ever played with."

Playing Career

Full name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho Gaúcho)

Date of birth: 21 March 1980 (age 40)

Place of birth: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Height: 1.81m (5ft 11 in)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder, forward

Club Career

        Years                    Team                             Apps   (Gls)

  • 1998–2001          Grêmio                              52      (21)
  • 2001–2003          Paris Saint-Germain            55     (17)
  • 2003–2008          Barcelona                         145      (70)
  • 2008–2011          Milan                                 76      (20)
  • 2011–2012          Flamengo                          33       (15)
  • 2012–2014          Atlético Mineiro                  48       (16)
  • 2014–2015          Querétaro                          25         (8)
  • 2015                   Fluminense                         7         (0)
  • Total                                                        441    (167)

Club Honours

  • Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2001
  • Barcelona - La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06; Supercopa de España: 2005, 2006; UEFA Champions League: 2005–06
  • Milan - Serie A: 2010–11
  • Flamengo - Campeonato Carioca: 2011; Taça Guanabara: 2011; Taça Rio: 2011
  • Atlético Mineiro - Campeonato Mineiro: 2013; Copa Libertadores: 2013; Recopa Sudamericana: 2014

International Career

  • 1999-2013 Brazil 97 (33)

International Honours

  • FIFA U-17 World Championship: 1997
  • Copa América: 1999
  • CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament: 2000
  • FIFA World Cup: 2002
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2005
  • Olympic Bronze Medal: 2008

Individual Honours

  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 1999
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe: 1999
  • South American Team of the Year: 1999
  • Bola de Prata: 2000, 2011, 2012
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002
  • Ligue 1 Goal of The Year: 2003
  • La Liga Best Foreign Player: 2003–04, 2005–06
  • Trofeo EFE: 2003–04
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2004, 2005
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2005, 2006
  • World Soccer Magazine World Player of The Year: 2004, 2005
  • UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2004–05
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Ball: 2005
  • Ballon d'Or: 2005
  • Onze d'Or: 2005
  • FIFPro World Player of the Year: 2005, 2006
  • FIFPro World XI: 2005, 2006, 2007
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2005–06
  • La Liga top assist provider: 2005–06
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2005–06
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2006
  • FIFA World Player of the Year Bronze award: 2006
  • Golden Foot: 2009
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • Serie A top assist provider: 2009–10
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Fan's Player: 2012
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A top assist provider: 2012
  • Bola de Ouro: 2012
  • Copa Libertadores top assist provider: 2012, 2013
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2013
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (substitute; published in 2015)
  • FIFA 100
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame

Roberto Rivellino is most noted for being one of the attacking midfielders in arguably the greatest football team of all time – Brazil’s World-Cup-winning 1970 outfit. Rivellino was agreed to be one of the most graceful footballers to ever live and is credited with some of the moves employed by many of the stars of yesteryear, like Ronaldinho, Romario, and Cristiano Ronaldo. But Rivellino was also dangerous when the ball wasn’t moving as well with a very educated left foot. He bent free-kicks in ways that created wonder, and was a brilliant passer over distance as well. "Rivelino was everything I wanted to be as a football player,” ran a quote from Diego Maradona, a man who was arguably the greatest footballer to ever live. A good grade from a player of that calibre says enough. Rivellino would go on to play in two other World Cups but believed his greatest achievement came in 1970.

Playing Career

Name: Roberto Rivellino
Date of birth: 1 January 1946
Birthplace: São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Playing Position: attacking midfield

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1965-1978 (92 caps, 26 goals)

 

Honours

  • 1970 FIFA World Cup

 

Individual

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team player: 1970
  • Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team: 1971
  • CONMEBOL All-Star Team: 1973[21]
  • Bronze ball South American Footballer of the Year: 1973,[22] 1976[23]
  • Silver ball South American Footballer of the Year: 1977[24]
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004
  • Premio Golden Foot Award (Football Legend Award): 2005[25]
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50[26]
  • World Soccer: 38th Greatest Player of the 20th Century
  • IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (12th place)[27]
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

Club Career

           Years           Teams          Apps (Gls)

  • 1965-1974 Corinthians          236   (70)
  • 1975-1978 Fluminese             45   (10)
  • 1978-1981 Al-Hilal                 57    (23)
  • Total                                 338 (103)

        

Club Honours

  • Corinthians - Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1966
  • Fluminense - Campeonato Carioca: 1975, 1976
  • Al Hilal - Kings Cup (Saudi Arabia): 1980

It would be difficult to build a list of the greatest defenders of all time and leave out the most decorated player in the history of the game. Daniel Alves da Silva (Dani Alves) has had a career inclusive of 40 trophies in international and club football. The fact that he has played in so many of the great teams throughout his career is testimony to his quality. Often going unnoticed, Alves has gone about being one of the best defenders of all time in a very unfussy way, choosing instead to use his intelligence and tactical awareness to achieve his ends without much fanfare.

Alves seems to always be in the right place at the right time and his gift for crossing the ball is often underestimated.

Playing Career

Name: Daniel Alves da Silva
Date of birth: 6 May 1983
Birthplace: Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil

Playing Position: Right back

 

International career

  • Brazil: 2006-Present (118 caps)

 

Honours

  • 2007 Copa America
  • 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 2019 Copa America

 

Individual

  • FIFA U-20 World Cup Bronze Ball: 2003
  • UEFA Cup Most Valuable Player: 2005–06
  • UEFA Super Cup Man of the Match: 2006
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • FIFA FIFPro World11: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 2nd team: 2014
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 nominee: 2019 (4th defender)
  • La Liga Defender of the Season: 2008–09
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Team of the Tournament: 2013
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15
  • France Football World XI: 2015
  • Serie A Team of the Year: 2016–17
  • IFFHS Men's World Team: 2017
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2017–18
  • Copa América Most Valuable Player: 2019
  • Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2019

Club Career

  • 1963-1966 Fluminese
  • 1966-1974 Santos
  • 1974-1976 Fluminese
  • 1976-1977 Flamengo
  • 1977-1980 New York Cosmos
  • 1981 California Surf
  • 1982 New York Cosmos

        

Honours

  • Bahia - Copa do Nordeste: 2002
  • Sevilla - Copa del Rey: 2006–07; Supercopa de España: 2007; UEFA Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07; UEFA Super Cup: 2006
  • Barcelona - La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16; Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16; Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013; UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15; UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015; FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
  • Juventus - Serie A: 2016–17; Coppa Italia: 2016–17
  • Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1: 2017–18, 2018–19; Coupe de France: 2017–18; Coupe de la Ligue: 2017–18; Trophée des Champions: 2017, 2018

Carlos Alberto Torres is most famous for captaining Brazil in the 1970 World Cup and for scoring one of the greatest goals in the competition’s illustrious history. Despite being made famous for his attacking prowess, Carlos Alberto was also a brilliant defender, who was great at reading the game, tackling , and tactical awareness. Being great with the ball was an addition that was not usual in the mid-1960s and ensured that the World-Cup winning captain was always respected as being the best of his generation.

Playing Career

Name: Carlos Alberto Torres
Date of birth: 17 July 1944
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Playing Position: Right back

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1964-1977 (53 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1970 FIFA World Cup

 

Individual

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1970
  • World Team of the 20th Century: 1998
  • National Soccer Hall of Fame: 2003
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 6 caps; 1 goal; 6 wins; 0 draw; 0 losses

 

Mexico 1970

  • Brazil 4-1 Czechoslovakia
  • Brazil 1-0 England
  • Brazil 3-2 Romania
  • Brazil 4-2 Peru
  • Brazil 3-1 Uruguay
  • Brazil 4-1 Italy

Club Career

  • 1963-1966 Fluminese
  • 1966-1974 Santos
  • 1974-1976 Fluminese
  • 1976-1977 Flamengo
  • 1977-1980 New York Cosmos
  • 1981 California Surf
  • 1982 New York Cosmos

        

Honours

  • Fluminese – Campeonato Carioca: 1964, 1975, 1976; Taça Guanabara: 1966
  • Santos – Recopa Sul-Americana: 1968; Taça de Prata: 1968; Paulista Championship: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973
  • New York Cosmos – NASL Soccer Bowl Championships: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982

Brazil and Barcelona great Ronaldinho maintains his innocence after being arrested for entering Paraguay with a fake passport, adamant the illegality of the document was a complete surprise.

Ronaldinho and Roberto Assis, the former footballer's brother and agent, were arrested on March 6 shortly after arriving in Asuncion to promote a book and the launch of an online casino.

Local authorities shared an image of what appeared to be a Paraguayan ID card bearing Ronaldinho's name and photo, with the former Ballon d'Or winner and his sibling taken into custody despite prosecutors proposing a different sanction, arguing the pair had been tricked.

The pair protested their innocence but spent 32 days in prison before being released and placed under house arrest in a hotel on April 8.

While the investigation is ongoing, Ronaldinho gave his first interview since the arrest, insisting he had no idea the ID card was fake.

"We were totally surprised to learn that the documents were not legal," Ronaldinho told Paraguayan TV station ABC Color.

"Since then our intention has been to cooperate with justice to clarify the fact, as we did from the beginning. From that moment until today, we have explained everything and facilitated everything that justice asked of us.

"It was a hard blow, I never imagined I would go through a situation like this. All my life I have sought to reach the highest professional level and bring joy to people with my football.

"We hope that they can use and confirm everything we provide as soon as our possible in the case and that we can leave this situation.

"Everything we do is under contracts that are managed by my brother, who is my manager. In this case, we came to participate in the launch of an online casino, as specified in the contract, and for the launch of the book 'Craque da Vida' that was organised with the company in Brazil that has the rights to exploit the book in Paraguay."

Ex-Barca, Paris Saint-Germain and Milan forward Ronaldinho won 97 caps for Brazil between 1999 and 2013. 

He scored 33 times and was a key part of the 2002 World Cup-winning squad. 

Inter head coach Antonio Conte would not last a full season as Real Madrid boss, according to Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa.

Conte and Costa worked together at Premier League giants Chelsea before the latter left Stamford Bridge for Atletico following a row with the Italian coach at the end of 2016-17.

Costa was followed out of Chelsea by Conte 12 months later – the former Juventus coach joining Inter at the start of 2019-20 after a year away from football.

Asked about Conte, striker Costa told ESPN Brasil: "We [Conte and I] had problems off the pitch, but I think he is a really good manager.

"I have no hard feelings towards Conte. But to be a top, top manager, he needs to change the human side of his management. He is very suspicious. At a like, say, Real Madrid, he would never last a season."

Costa was born in Brazil and made two appearances for the Selecao before opting to represent Spain in 2013.

The 31-year-old has since earned 24 caps for Spain, representing La Roja at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

"After the friendly against Russia, he [former Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari] said he would call me up again because I hadn't played many minutes," Costa said as he reflected on his decision to switch countries. "I think it was just to get in my head.

"I remember several forwards were injured but Scolari would not select me. I stayed quiet, but wasn't selected for the Confederations Cup. The possibility of Spain emerged and I accepted.

"How could I say no? Suddenly, they started saying Scolari wanted me. Well, he never called me once. How could it be that he wanted me? I then saw it written that I had ruined the dreams of millions of Brazilians.

"Why not say that he didn't look for me? Then it's simple."

Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior (Júnior), also known as Capacete because of his very discernible afro. A versatile left back, Junior was often also employed in midfield and is most noted for playing in the Brazil team of 1982, considered the greatest to not win the World Cup. Júnior plied his trade with the great Flamengo sides of the 1970s and ‘80s, winning four Brazillian Championships with them. He is the most ‘capped’ player in Flamengo’s history with a remarkable 857 matches under his belt. He played for Brazil from 1979-1992 before turning his attention to beach football where he represented the football-crazy country from 1993-2001, scoring more than 200 goals. Júnior, at 30 years old, turned out for Torino in the Serie A as a midfielder and won the league’s Players of the Year title in his first season. Interestingly, Júnior’s appearances for country, though playing at left back, came despite being naturally right footed. The regard for Júnior came because of the elegance with which he played the game and the tactical awareness he displayed. Júnior could do it all, he was even known for being accurate from free-kicks and his crosses were a thing of beauty. He never stinged on his defensive duties and was well-known for being in the right place at the right time. 

Playing Career

Name: Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior (Júnior)
Date of birth: 29 June 1954
Birthplace: João Pessoa, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1979-1992 (70 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1982 FIFA World Cup: Round 2 (Fifth place)
  • 1983 Copa América – Runner-up
  • 1986 FIFA World Cup: Quarter-finals (Fifth place)

Individual

  • 1980 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
  • 1981 - Bronze ball South American Player of the Year
  • 1982 - FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, FIFA XI[20]
  • 1983 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
  • 1984 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
  • 1985 - Serie A player of the year
  • 1991 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team
  • 1992 - Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team, Bola de Ouro Brazilian Footballer of the Year, South American Team of the Year
  • 2004 - FIFA 100
  • Most appearances in Flamengo's History – 857 apps

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 10 caps; 8 wins; no draws; 2 losses

 

Spain 1982

  • Brazil 2-1 Soviet Union
  • Brazil 4-1 Scotland
  • Brazil 4-0 New Zealand
  • Brazil 3-1 Argentina
  • Brazil 2-3 Italy

 

Mexico 1986

  • Brazil 1-0 Spain
  • Brazil 1-0 Algeria
  • Brazil 3-0 Northern Ireland
  • Brazil 4-0 Poland
  • Brazil 1-1 France (3-4)

Club Career

  • 1975–1984 Flamengo     
  • 1984 – 1987 Torino
  • 1987-89 Pescara
  • 1988 – 1993 Flamengo

        

Honours

Flamengo

  • Intercontinental Cup – 1981
  • Libertadores Cup – 1981
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A – 1980, 1982, 1983, 1992
  • Brazil Cup 1990
  • Mitropa Cup – 1991

Brazil’s Roberto Carlos epitomized the idea that hard work brings success and that talent wasn’t everything. But if in that message you missed how talented the left back was, it would be to your peril.

Over the course of a long career with Brazil and with LaLiga giants Real Madrid, Carlos enjoyed immense successes, but his personal performances over the years were a thing to watch.

Blessed with blinding pace, Carlos would make marauding runs down the left side that would leave his opponents hapless. But that wasn’t all. Carlos would learn to adjust to the adjustments made for him.

An intelligent player, Carlos realized that when he received the ball in his own half, his opposition would back right off so as to stop his solo runs. The diminutive left-back then became the proponent of the diagonal pass. Playing that pass accurately over 60 yards meant that on occasion he would scythe through an opposing back line and put his teammates through on goal. The pass became even more destructive than his runs.

Another way opponents tried to stop Carlos was by halting his runs illegally.

But Carlos adjusted to this as well, becoming a real threat from free kicks, making it dangerous to foul him in the wrong place.

Many don’t know, but Carlos began life as a forward before switching to left back because he would have otherwise been surplus to requirements. The decision proved golden as he would go on to play for Brazil 125 times over the course of 14 years, winning the 2002 World Cup. Carlos was also a part of the Galacticos, a Real Madrid unit considered to have the best players in the world in all positions. Giants of the game. There he won four LaLiga titles and three Champions League crowns.

 

Playing Career

Name: Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (Roberto Carlos)
Date of birth: 10 April 1973
Birthplace: Garça, São Paulo, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1992-2006 (125 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1997 Copa America
  • 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 1999 Copa America
  • 2002 FIFA World Cup™

Individual

  • Bola de Prata: 1993, 1994, 2010
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1997 (Silver Award)
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1998, 2002
  • Trofeo EFE: 1997–98
  • UEFA Club Defender of the Year: 2002, 2003
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2002, 2003
  • Ballon d'Or: 2002 (Runner-up)
  • Golden Foot: 2008
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2010
  • FIFA 100
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 19 caps; 16 wins; no draws; 3 losses

 

France 1998

  • Brazil 2-1 Scotland
  • Brazil 3-0 Morocco
  • Brazil 1-2 Norway
  • Brazil 4-1 Chile
  • Brazil 3-2 Denmark
  • Brazil 1-1 Netherlands (4-2 Pen)
  • Brazil 0-3 France

 

South Korea & Japan 2002

  • Brazil 2-1 Turkey
  • Brazil 4-0 China PR
  • Brazil 5-2 Costa Rica
  • Brazil 2-0 Belgium
  • Brazil 2-1 England
  • Brazil 1-0 Turkey
  • Brazil 2-0 Germany

 

Germany 2006

  • Brazil 1-0 Croatia
  • Brazil 2-0 Australia
  • Brazil 4-1 Japan
  • Brazil 3-0 Ghana
  • Brazil 0-1 France

 

Club Career

  • 1991–1993 União São João      
  • 1992 → Atlético Mineiro (loan)
  • 1993–1995 Palmeiras     
  • 1995–1996 Inter Milan 
  • 1996–2007 Real Madrid        
  • 2007–2009 Fenerbahçe   
  • 2010–2011 Corinthians  
  • 2011–2012 Anzhi Makhachkala 
  • 2015 Delhi Dynamos     

Honours

Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1993, 1994
  • Campeonato Paulista: 1993, 1994
  • Torneio Rio-São Paulo: 1993

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07
  • Supercopa de España: 1997, 2001, 2003
  • UEFA Champions League: 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1998, 2002
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002

Fenerbahçe

  • Turkish Super Cup: 2007, 2009

Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos could very have been the prototype from which Brazillian legend Cafu fashioned himself. The first great wing back from the country, Santos was a veteran of four World Cups, playing in 1954, ’58, ’62, and ’66. Of course, history tells us that the man considered one of the greatest right-backs of all time, was a World Cup winner in ’58 and ’62. What is also interesting, is that Santos has the fairly unique distinction of making three FIFA World Cup All-Star teams. Only Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and Philipp Lahm can lay claim to also achieving this. His longevity was remarkable, the right-back having had more than 1,000 club appearances in his career. Pele also named Santos as on the top 125 greatest living footballers in 2004. Santos died in 2013 at 84 years old. Before his playing days would come to an end, Santos had played in 98 matches for Brazil over the course of 16 years.

 

Playing Career

Name: Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos (Djalma Santos)
Date of birth: 27 February 1929
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1952-1968 (98 caps)

 

Honours

  • 1952 Panamerican Championship
  • 1958 FIFA World Cup™
  • 1962 FIFA World Cup™

Individual

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1954, 1958, 1962
  • World Soccer World XI: 1962, 1963, 1965[9]
  • FIFA XI: 1963[10]
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • FIFA 100[11]
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50[12]
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 15 caps; 11 wins; 4 draws; 3 losses

 

Switzerland 1954

  • Brazil 5-0 Mexico
  • Brazil 1-1 Yugoslavia
  • Brazil 1-1 Sweden
  • Brazil 2-4 Hungary

 

Sweden 1958

  • Brazil 3-0 Austria
  • Brazil 0-0 England
  • Brazil 2-0 Soviet Union
  • Brazil 1-0 Wales
  • Brazil 5-2 France
  • Brazil 5-2 Sweden

 

Chile 1962

  • Brazil 2-0 Mexico
  • Brazil 0-0 Chechoslovakia
  • Brazil 3-1 England
  • Brazil 4-2 Chile
  • Brazil 3-1 Chechoslovakia

 

England 1966

  • Brazil 2-0 Bulgaria
  • Brazil 1-3 Hungary
  • Brazil 1-3 Portugal

 

Club Career

  • 1948-1959 Portuguesa
  • 1959-1968 Palmeiras
  • 1969-1970 Atlético Paranaense

 

Honours

Portuguesa

  • Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1952, 1955

Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Paulista: 1959, 1963, 1966
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1960, 1967, 1967
  • Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1965
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