Ask soccer fans which team they want to see play before they die and many
will say Brazil. In their yellow shirts and blue shorts, Brazil has earned
the reputation of playing attractive soccer more consistently than anyone
else. When Brazilians dubbed soccer “o jogo bonito,” the beautiful game, it
wasn’t just an aspiration. Brazil also wins. The team’s reward for making
football more about art than science has been more World Cup trophies than
any other nation and the highest winning percentage of any national team.
How did Brazil get so good?