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Greatest Brazil XI post-1990

Dida is perhaps the greatest goalkeeper in the history of Brazil
Modified 03 Jun 2016, 20:24 IST


The Copa America is knocking on the door as some of the best Latin American players will collide head-on against each other in a bid to be crowned the best in the region. The most successful team in the tournament is Uruguay with 15 titles, closely followed by Argentina.

In third place, Brazil sit comfortably with 8 Copa America titles—something which is a bit bizarre given that they have won the World Cup a record 5 times.

Nevertheless, the nation has been the source of some of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen. In their glorious history, they have produced numerous legends that etched their names on the walls of eternal history.

Picking up Brazil’s greatest XI is a difficult challenge in itself. However, since the Brazil team of the 50s, 60s and 70s won almost everything that they found in front of them, I have decided to omit them and include only players from the 1990s to now—otherwise, the whole XI would be filled with the players of the vintage era.

And here is Brazil’s greatest XI post-1990 with a 4-2-2-2 formation...


The one thing Brazil have always had a problem with is the goalkeeping section. There is an abundance of attackers in the country—the samba flair makes it a natural inclination—but Brazil have never really produced many great goalkeepers.


Even when they did, most were prone to making errors on a consistent basis. However, there was one who stood above the rest.

Dida is perhaps the greatest goalkeeper in the history of Brazil. Not only did he win accolades with his country, but also picked up a lot of silverware at club level with AC Milan, with the Champions League being the crown jewel.

On the international front, he won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 as well the Copa America in 1999, which puts him on this list ahead of Julio Cesar.

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Published 03 Jun 2016, 19:49 IST
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