Brazilian team has a devastating record in debuts and Neymar can reach the historic mark

The Brazilian National Team is adjusting the last details to enter the field for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Canarinho team will debut in a duel against Serbia, which is scheduled for this Thursday (24), at the Lusail Stadium. And expectations are high, as the team from Brazil arrives with title favorite status.

The lineup of the starting eleven for the debut is still a mystery. Tite chose to keep secret about what to expect for the duel against Serbia and even decided to close the team’s last training sessions before the big debut. The idea is not to give the Serbs an advantage, and hide the strategy for the game.

Despite the secrecy imposed by Tite, it is to be expected that names like Neymar and Richarlyson will be part of the attacking sector of the canary team. And there is still the expectation that one of the stars will be able to score and guarantee a positive result in the first game of the World Cup, for the Brazilian team to show its calling card and reinforce even more the status of favorite in the competition.

If it depends on the history, the Brazilian National Team has everything to score goals already in the debut. The Canarinho team is the only selection that participated in all cups and of the 21 previous participations, Brazil scored in almost all of them. The only time Brazil went blank in a debut was in the German Cup, in 1974. In that edition, the team faced two 0-0 draws, and only managed to disappoint in the third game when the team beat Zaire by 3-0. 0.

Unbeatable in debuts

The Brazilian national team is a difficult team to beat in their debut. The last time a team overcame Brazil in the first duel of a World Cup was Spain in 1934. The match ended 3-1 for the Spaniards and Leônidas scored the goal for the Canarinhos, 10 minutes into the second half.

Goals in the first half

If it has already become a tradition to score in the debut, the retrospect is also positive when it comes to scoring in the first minutes of the game. Of the 21 cups disputed by Brazil, 13 the team scored in the first half. In seven other editions, the goal came after the break in the opening round.

Brazil’s first goal in World Cup history

The first goal for Brazil in the World Cup came from the feet of João Coelho Netto, known as Preguinho, in the Uruguay Cup in 1930. The midfielder not only scored the first goal in the history of the Selection in cups, but was also the captain and top scorer for the national team in the competition and scored three goals in two games. Preguinho’s goal was scored 15 minutes into the second half, in Brazil’s 2-1 defeat by Yugoslavia.

record holders

Only two players scored the first Brazilian goal in a World Cup, in the opening round. Leônidas was responsible for opening the scoring in the Italian Cup in 1934 and repeated the feat four years later in France in 1938. Besides him, Sócrates also reached the mark and opened the scoring in Spain, in 1982, and in Mexico, in 1986.


Of Tite’s squad, Neymar is the only player who had the opportunity to open the scoring in a debut match for the Brazilian national team in a World Cup. In the 2014 World Cup, which took place in Brazil, Neymar scored in the 29th minute of the first half, in a 3-1 victory for Croatia. Philippe Coutinho, needed less time to open the scoring in the debut of the Russian Cup in 2018, and scored in the 20th minute of the first half in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland, but the player was not called up for the Cup in Qatar. It remains to be seen whether Neymar will repeat the feat of Leônidas and Sócrates and register another historic achievement in his career.

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