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After the international retirement of Pelé and other stars, Brazil was not able to overcome Holland's Total Football and could not defend their title in the 1974 World Cup, finishing in fourth place.

The 1978 World Cup was notoriously controversial. In the second group stage Brazil were competing with tournament hosts Argentina for top spot and a place in the World Cup final. In their last group match, Brazil defeated Poland 3-1 to go top of the group with a goal difference of +5. Argentina were only on a goal difference of +2, but in their last group match, they managed to defeat Peru 6-0 and thus qualify for the final. The controversy comes from the fact that not only was the Peruvian goalkeeper Ramón Quiroga born in Argentina, but had only let in 6 goals in the previous 5 matches, where as the Argentines had only scored 6 goals in the tournament up to that point. Both sides have always denied any wrongdoing. Because of this and the fact that Brazil were the only undefeated team of the whole cup, many Brazilians consider themselves the moral victors of this World Cup.

In the 1982 World Cup, the team played beautifully, with talents such as ZicoFalcão and Sócrates, under the coaching of the late Telê Santana, considered one of the best Brazilian coaches of all time. They won their group in the first round group, then beat Argentina 3–1 in their first second-round match. The tournament favourites Brazil could make do with a draw, but a 3–2 defeat to Italy, in one of the classic games in finals history, eliminated them from the tournament. Paolo Rossi scored all three of Italy's goals.

In the 1986 World Cup, Telê and several players of 1982 returned to play in the Cup of Mexico. The players were older, and could not repeat the same enchanting performance. Brazil was eliminated in penalties shoot outs against France.

In the 1990 World Cup, Brazil was coached by Sebastião Lazaroni, who was little known before the Cup and became even more anonymous afterwards. With a defensive scheme, whose main symbol was mid-field Dunga, the Brazilian Team lacked creativity, and was beaten by the Argentina of Diego Maradona.



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