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Where Does the Brazil National Team Play?

The Brazil national team are well-known around the world for their yellow and green shirts, worn by legendary players such as Pele, Ronaldinho, and Kaka. Brazil’s five FIFA World Cup titles has still not been achieved by any other country.

What is perhaps less known, though, is where they play their home matches. The Maracanã Stadium is the most recognised home of Brazilian football. However, in recent years, the Seleção have played at various other Brazilian stadiums in an attempt to showcase their star players across the country.

Find out which stadiums have been used for Brazil home matches in the last few years below.

Maracanã Stadium

Opened in 1950 for the World Cup, Maracanã Stadium has been one of the home venues for the Brazil national team ever since. The stadium has hosted two World Cup finals in 1950 and 2014, as well as three Copa América finals in 1989, 2019, and 2021.

Both Copa América finals in 2019 and 2021, saw Brazil participate on both occasions. The Seleção were victorious in 2019, however, they lost 1-0 to Argentina in 2021, which was Lionel Messi’s first major tournament win.

Maracanã Stadium has also hosted recent South America World Cup qualifying matches, including Brazil’s 4-0 win against Chile on March 24, 2022.

Stadiums in São Paulo Used by Brazil National Team

São Paulo has been a popular destination for Brazil’s home matches due to the number of big stadiums that host some of the biggest teams in the country and in South America.

SC Corinthians’ home ground, Neo Química Arena, has hosted World Cup qualifying matches, such as Brazil’s 1-0 against Paraguay on February 2, 2022, as well as Brazil’s 5-0 demolition of Bolivia on October 10, 2020.

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Neo Química Arena is a popular venue for Brazil home matches – Photo by Icon Sport

This stadium is perhaps most remembered for hosting the opening game of the FIFA 2014 World Cup. Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 in front of 62,103 fans.

Estadio Do MorumBIS, home of São Paulo FC, has also been used. On November 14, 2020, Brazil beat Venezuela 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier, which saw 46,931 people attend.

Other Venues

A variety of other stadiums have been used for Brazil’s home matches in World Cup qualifiers and friendlies. This includes the likes of Arena Pantanal, Mineirão, Arena da Amazonia, Arena Pernambuco, and Estádio José Pinheiro Borda.

Instead of simply having Maracanã Stadium as the sole host venue for Brazil home matches, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has decided to use multiple grounds across the country.

This has been done to showcase Brazil’s star players to different regions of the country. Alongside this, the CBF want the national team to play at stadiums that were built for the FIFA 2014 World Cup to ensure that they don’t fall into disuse.

Examples of this include Arena da Amazonia and Arena Pernambuca, which were specifically built for the 2014 event.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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