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Only in the 1994 World Cup, 24 years after winning the World Cup in Mexico, they were able to win another title. The struggles ended in World Cup USA with a final against 1970 opponents Italy. A dour and defensive final finished 0–0 after extra time, so Brazil and Italy competed in the first penalty shootout for a World Cup in the history of the tournament, and Brazil won when Roberto Baggio missed the final penalty.

Brazil finished as runner-up in the 1998 World Cup. After a very respectable campaign, losing to France in a problematic final game when the star player Ronaldo suffered health problems (or, it has been speculated, a nervous breakdown) a few hours before the game. Up to today, soccer fans still hold uneasy feelings about that game. The coach of the team at the time was Mário Zagallo, who won the World Cups as player in 1958 and 1962, as the coach of 1970 and as assistant coach in 1994.

Fueled by the scintillating play of the "Three R's" (Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho), Brazil won its fifth championship at the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan. The final was contested by the two most successful teams in the competition's history: Germany and Brazil. Ronaldo vanquished his France ' 98 demons scoring two goals in the Brazillian triumph. Surprisingly, they had never played each other in the World Cup before (there was, however, a match between Brazil and East Germany in the 1974 World Cup). Brazil won 2–0. Brazil remains the most successful team in World Cup history, with its 5 wins, and is the only team to qualify in every single World Cup since it was created, in 1930.

Brazil also won the Confederations Cup twice, in 1997 and 2005. Although they have never won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, they won two silver medals (1984 and 1988) and a bronze medal (1996).

The Brazilian youth team (formed by players under the age of 20) also won four titles of the World Youth Championship in 198319851993, and 2003.


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