4 Of The Great Brazilian Defenders Of All-Time

Although the national team of Brazil’s yellow and blue uniform is easily recognized around the world, you may not be aware of the best Brazilian defenders of all time. 

In the sport of football, Brazil is the most well-known country. Brazilians are passionate about football. They have their children, dreaming of the day when they too will be a professional footballer for the national team.

Although Brazilian football is recognized for players that specialize in dribbling, attacking, and scoring, no championship can be won with a weak defense. The Brazilian defenders may not be as well-known or well-liked as the attackers, but they have helped their national team and clubs win the titles listed.

Here are the 4 of the best Braziliandefenders of all time:

  • Lucio

Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, commonly known as Lúcio, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a centre-back. A tall and physically strong defender who excelled in the air, Lúcio was known for his long, surging, galloping runs on the ball, which earned him the nickname O Cavalo (The Horse).

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With Brazil, Lúcio has accumulated a number of significant accomplishments, winning the 2002 World Cup, 2005 Confederations Cup and 2009 Confederations Cup. After the retirement of Kaká, he was the last active player of the 2002 winning team.

  • Djalma Santos

Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos known simply as Djalma Santos, was a Brazilian footballer who started for the Brazil national team in four World Cups, winning two, in 1958 and 1962. Santos is considered to be one of the greatest right-backs of all time. While primarily known for his defensive skills, he often ventured upfield and displayed some impressive technical and attacking skills.

Along with Franz Beckenbauer and Philipp Lahm, he is one of only three players to be included into three FIFA World Cup All Star teams (in 1954, 1958 and 1962). He was unrelated to his frequent defensive partner Nilton Santos. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He is also one of the few footballers to have made over 1,000 professional appearances in his career.

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  • Cafu

Marcos Evangelista de Morais, known as Cafu is a Brazilian former professional footballer. With 142 appearances for the Brazil national team, he is the most internationally capped Brazilian player of all time.

He is Known for his pace and energetic attacking runs along the right flank, he is regarded as one of the greatest full-backs of all time, one of the best defenders ever to play in the Italian Serie A, and as one of the greatest Brazilian and South American players of his generation.

Cafu represented his nation in four FIFA World Cups between 1994 and 2006, and is the only player in history to have appeared in three consecutive World Cup finals, winning the 1994 and 2002 editions of the tournament, the latter as his team’s captain where he lifted the World Cup trophy. With Brazil, he also took part in four editions of the Copa América, winning the title twice, in 1997 and 1999, he was also a member of the national side that won the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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  • Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos is considered as one of the best left backs in the history of football, and is indubitably one of the best Brazilian defenders ever. Carlos, known to have one of the strongest legs in football history, has played for several clubs.

His career is remembered for his time at Real Madrid, where he spent 11 glittering years and Brazilian national team. Carlos made 527 appearances for the Whites and helped them secure 4 La Liga titles, 3 Champions Leagues, Spanish Super Cups, 2 Intercontinental cups and 1 UEFA Super cup.

In addition, Carlos won the 1997 Confederations cups, and claimed a Bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics with Selecao. He participated in 3 World cups, reaching the final match in 1998 and winning the cup in 2002, and was named in the all-star team of the tournament in both World Cups. He has also taken part in 4 Copa America tournaments and has won 2 of them.

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