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Brazil qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on September 4th, 2005; becoming the first World Cup Holders having to go through a qualification process to defend their trophy.

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Brazil in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Brazil have appeared at all 18 World Cup Finals; the only country to do so.

Brazil's Best World Cup Performance

Winning the trophy a record five times: Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970, USA 1994 and Korea-Japan 2002.

Runners-up in Brazil 1950 and France 1998.

Brazil World Cup Preparations

Brazil began their 2006 World Cup Finals preparations in Weggis. Tickets for the training sessions sold out fast.

Park Hotel Weggis, on the shores of Lake Lucerne, where the Brazian World Cup squad will be staying before going to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
Park Hotel Weggis:
Hertensteinstrasse 34, Weggis, Switzerland.
Out of many interesting offers received, the Seleção chose the Parkhotel Weggis, on Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstätter See) as their warm-up camp, from May 22nd to June 4th.

If you want to stay nearby, you could try the Hotel Schweizerhof, Gotthardstrasse 3, Weggis.

Brazil Team Hotels

Kempinski Hotel Falkenstein - Brazil's Team Hotel for the 2006 World Cup Finals.
Kempinski Hotel Falkenstein:
Debusweg 4, Königstein im Taunus.
Close to Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, Brazil finally decided to start their World Cup defense at the five-star Kempinski Hotel Falkenstein. The hotel has a large fitness centre and the training pitch is only five minutes away.

Schlosshotel Lerbach
Schlosshotel Lerbach:
Lerbacher Weg, Bergisch Gladbach.
This is the hotel where Brazil stayed during the Confederations Cup and they will be visiting again when they play in Dortmund, between the 18th and 29th June. If they win their group and then qualify for the quarter-finals, Brazil will return to Königstein; in preparation for the game in Frankfurt.

Hotels in Köln:
Most Brazilian fans have chosen to base themselves in the carnival city of Cologne.

Hotels in Frankfurt:
If you want to stay close to the Brazilian team.

Hotels in Bergisch Gladbach:
Things might get crowded here, as South Korea are staying at the Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, so book early.

Brazil Friendly Matches

Beat Russia (1:0), Wednesday 1st March. (Moscow)
Ronaldo scored the only goal, in the 15th minute.

Beat Luzern XI (8:0), Tuesday 30th May. (Basle)
Nothing less than a walk-over was expected.

Beat New Zealand (4:0), Sunday 4th June. (Geneva)
Ronaldo (43), Adriano (51), Kaká (86), Juninho (90).

Brazil in the 2006 World Cup

Confederaçao Brasileira de Futebol
Group F

Brazil vs Croatia in Berlin:
The World Champions did enough to hold onto the three points in their opening game against Croatia, in Berlin.

Brazil vs Australia in München:
A goal at the start of the second-half and another just before the final whistle was enough for the World Champions to book their place in the Second Round.

Japan vs Brazil in Dortmund:
Just as it looked like Brazil were taking it easy, to save Zico's team from humiliation, they changed the pace of the game again and Ronaldo equalled Gerd Müller's record of 14 World Cup Finals goals.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
Brazil vs Ghana in Dortmund:
Ronaldo scored his 15th World Cup Finals goal to overtake Gerd Müller and set a new record, as Brazil brushed Ghana aside; even though they weren't firing on all cylinders.

Quarter-final
Brazil vs France in Frankfurt:
France ended Brazil's reign as World Champions.

Brazil World Cup Squad 2006

Brazil Football Kit
Seleção

Goalkeepers:

1 Nelson Dida (AC Milan, Italy)
12 Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo)
22 Julio Cesar (Inter Milan, Italy)

Defenders:

2 Cafu (AC Milan, Italy)
3 Ferreira Lucio (Bayern Munich, Germany)
4 Juan (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)
6 Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Spain)
13 Cicinho (Real Madrid, Spain)
14 Anderson Luisao (Benfica, Portugal)
15 Cris (Olympique Lyon, France)
16 Gilberto (Hertha Berlin, Germany)

Midfielders:

5 Fereira da Rosa Emerson (Juventus, Italy)
8 Kaká (AC Milan, Italy)
10 Ronaldinho (Barcelona, Spain)
11 Jose Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich, Germany)
17 Gilberto Silva (Arsenal, England)
19 Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon, France)
18 Carlos Mineiro (Sao Paulo)
20 Luis Ricardinho (Corinthians)

Forwards:

9 Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Spain)
7 Adriano (Inter Milan, Italy)
21 Fred (Olympique Lyon, France)
23 Robinho (Real Madrid, Spain)

Trainer:
Carlos Alberto Parreira has already led four teams to the finals:
Kuwait (1982), UAE (1990), Brazil (1994) and Saudi Arabia (1998).

Players to watch:
9 Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Spain)
10 Ronaldinho (Barcelona, Spain)
7 Adriano (Inter Milan, Italy)
8 Kaka (AC Milan, Italy)

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