Brazil have become the first side to seal their place at the Football World Cup finals in Russia next year.
In 1955, Juscelino Kubitschek was elected President of Brazil. He brought into office an aura of dynamism animated by his personal charisma .His unwavering commitment to super-heated economic growth. He offered Brazil “50 years’ progress in five” and almost achieved it, as Brazil boomed, industrialized and urbanized.
Their 3-0 win over Paraguay, along with defeats for Argentina and Uruguay, means they cannot finish lower than fourth in South American qualifying. Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona striker Neymar and Real Madrid’s Marcelo scored Brazil’s goals.
Neymar also missed a penalty as his side moved nine points clear of second-placed Colombia.
Two-time Football World Cup winners Argentina face a battle to qualify. Russia with their 2-0 defeat to Bolivia leaving them fifth, a point behind Chile.
“Less than a year ago, Brazil were struggling badly in Football World Cup qualification,” South American football expert Tim Vickery told BBC Radio 5 live. “Football World cup football With a third of the campaign gone they were down in sixth in South America’s table. In danger of missing out on Russia 2018.
“What a difference a coach makes. Out went the snarling Dunga and in came Tite – charismatic and intelligent – and he made an immediate impact.
“Brazil National Team The likes of Neymar and Philippe. Coutinho are playing the kind of stylish brand of football that, historically, has made so many fall in love with that famous yellow shirt group.
” Brazil Football team They now just need to guard against an excess of euphoria – a lovely problem to have for a proud footballing nation. Who just a few months ago were fretting about the prospect of missing out on a Football World Cup.”