Top 10: Brazil’s Most Important World Cup Goals


They’ve won it five times but these are the ten most important goals scored by Brazil in World Cup games according to Globo Esporte.

1. Pelé scores his first World Cup goal in the 1958 quarter-finals against Wales on the way to Brazil’s first title.

2. Sweden had gone in front in the 1958 final before Vava got Brazil back on terms. His second from Garrincha’s cross put the Selecao ahead on the way to a 5-2 victory.

3. Brazil again went behind to Czechslovakia in the 1962 final in Chile but Amarildo equalised before goals from Zito and Vava secured a 3-1 win and a second title.

4. England were the defending champions in 1970 but the fabled ‘Boys from Brazil’ set the World Cup alight. Pelé rolled to Jairzinho and the “Furacão da Copa” -World Cup Hurricane- blasted past Gordon Banks for a 1-0 win.

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Pelé an Sweden's Kalle Svensson in the 1958 World Cup final Image: svt.se

Pelé an Sweden’s Kalle Svensson in the 1958 World Cup final Image: svt.se

5. In the final of the same tournament, the cross from Rivelinho saw ‘o Rei’ Pelé rise highest to head past Albertosi, the opening goal in a 4-1 win.

6. In the quarter-finals of the 1994 tournament in USA, Holland came back from 2-0 down to level the game in the Cotton Bowl, Dallas. With 9 minutes remaining Branco stepped up to rifle a thunderous free-kick past Ed De Goey and break Dutch hearts.

7. In the semi-finals, Sweden stood in the way of another Brazilian World Cup triumph. In front of almost 92,000 fans in the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Romario rose at the back post to head home ten minutes from time.

8. In the final penalty shoot-out Dunga’s spot-kick but Brazil 4-3 up heaping pressure on Roberto Baggio, and to the shock of the watching world, the pony-tailed Italian missed to give the Selecao a fourth title.

9. The 2002 semi-final was decided by a moment of brilliance from ‘El Fenomeno’ Ronaldo. With exquisite control he slotted the ball past Rustu and Brazil were headed for another final.

10. Germany’s Oliver Khan had conceded just one goal before the 2002 final, to Ireland’s Robbie Keane, but Ronaldo, the star of the World Cup, lit up the show-piece game with two goals past the then best ‘keeper on the planet. Khan would be named the tournament’s best player but Ronaldo’s second goal saw him take his tally to 8 and he finished as the competition’s top scorer as Brazil claimed a fifth world title.

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