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WC2010 review: Brazil

Every time the World Cup comes around, Brazil are expected to do well and this year was no exception.

Dunga's Samba Kings started equal favourites with eventual winners Spain but their tournament did not start in the greatest of ways with a struggling 2-1 win over lowly North Korea.

They swiftly stepped things up and come the Round of 16 clash with Chile, they were back to their best with a seemingly easy 3-0 victory.

However, they fell to Holland in the next phase of the competition and their dream of an unprecedented sixth world title was over as was Dunga's tenure as manager.

Brazil hero Romario said there can be none of this in the next World Cup in 2014.

"It's very simple: winning the title's an absolute necessity for A Seleção in 2014, and the only pressure that will be on the players is the pressure to win," he told "It can't be any other way. The president of the country and Ricardo Teixeira, the President of the CBF (Brazilian Football Federation), have already said 2014 is the biggest thing there is, bigger than anything we've had since 1950. The responsibility is huge for the players and the coaching staff because the World Cup is coming back to Brazil after 64 years. We have to use our skill and be the champions."

Finished: 6th Record: Wins - 3; Draws - 1; Losses - 1; Points - 7 Matches: North Korea (2-1), Ivory Coast (3-1), Portugal (0-0), RO16-Chile (3-0), QF-Holland (1-2) Goals: 9 Against: 3's Star Man Douglas Maicon (Maicon was brilliant in his attacking role from right-back, scoring a scorcher as well as defending resolutely)

Official statistics

Minutes playedJulio Cesar 450 Douglas Maicon 450 Gilberto Silva 450 Lucio 450 Juan 450

Top scorers Luis Fabiano 3 Elano 2 Robinho 2 Douglas Maicon 1 Juan 1

Total shotsDani Alves 13 Luis Fabiano 11 Robinho 11 Kaka 8

Pass Completion RateFelipe Melo 90% Gilberto Silva 86% Juan 86% Lucio 83%

Most FoulsMichel Bastos 13 Luis Fabiano 10 Dani Alves 7 Robinho 7

Yellow cards Ramires 2 Juan 1 Kaka 1 Felipe Melo 1 Luis Fabiano 1 Michel Bastos 1

Red cards Kaka 1 (2 yellow cards) Felipe Melo 1

SavesJulio Cesar 13

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