Brazil-England June 20 Quarterfinal Preview
Brazil vs. England
Ecopa Stadium (Capacity: 42,000)
3:30 p.m. local time (2:30 a.m. ET)
Live on ESPN & Univision
How They Got Here: Brazil won Group C, posting three wins in group play and outscoring opponents 11-3, before easily dispatching Belgium 2-0 in the Round of 16; England has allowed just one goal on their road to the quarterfinals, and after scoring just twice in the Group of Death, they exploded for three goals in a 3-0 triumph over Denmark in the Round of 16.
BRA - Ronaldo (5 goals), Rivaldo (4 goals);
ENG - David Beckham, Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen (1 goal)
With five World Cup titles between them (albeit four for Brazil), there is no question that Brazil-England could be the match of the tournament. Two skilled teams with worldwide reputations and great stars battle for a spot in the World Cup finals. It doesn't get any better than that.
Brazil was arguably the most impressive team in the first round. Coach Phil Scolari has put the attacking swagger back in Brazil, and the team has scored a tournament-high 13 goals in four matches.
Brazilian soccer seemed to hit rock bottom when the squad almost did not qualify for the 2002 World Cup, finishing in third place in CONMEBOL qualifying and suffering an amazing six defeats in 18 qualifiers. But the return of two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldo has helped turn Brazil around. Ronaldo is currently tied for the tournament lead with five goals and he and Rivaldo (four goals), have each scored at least once in each of Brazil's four games (an amazing feat).
England overcame injury concerns and the “Group of Death” to advance to the second round, where they destroyed a highly-touted Denmark team with three first-half goals.
The English are alive in the final eight because of a strong defense that has allowed just only one goal in five games and has notched three consecutive shutouts.
The English offense sputtered in group play and scored just twice before the three goal outbreak against Denmark. The magic right foot of miracle-man David Beckham has been the key to England's offensive thrust. Beckham has two assists on record and the goal from the penalty spot that downed Argentina. Four other players have tallied goals for England, including two forwards (Michael Owen and Emile Heskey) and two defenders (Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand).
The winner of this classic match-up will be a decided favorite in their semifinal match against the winner of the less marquee Turkey-Senegal game. The Japan semifinal is slated for Saitama on June 26 at 8:30 p.m.
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished third in CONMEBOL Final Group (9-6-3; 31 GF, 17 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 17– 1930 (6th), 1934 (14th), 1938 (3rd), 1950 (2nd), 1954 (5th), 1958 (1st), 1962 (1st), 1966 (11th), 1970 (1st), 1974 (4th), 1978 (3rd), 1982 (5th), 1986 (5th), 1990 (9th), 1994 (1st), 1998 (2nd), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 57-13-14
Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)
Championship Honors: 1958, 1962, 1970 & 1994 World Cup champions; 1919, 1922, 1949, 1989, 1997, & 1999 Copa America champions; 1997 Confederations Cup champions.
World Cup Roster
1-Marcos, 2-Cafu, 3-Lucio, 4-Roque Junior, 5-Edmilson, 6-Roberto Carlos, 7-Emerson, 8-Gilberto Silva, 9-Ronaldo, 10-Rivaldo, 11-Ronaldinho, 12-Dida, 13-Belletti, 14-Anderson Polga, 15-Kleberson, 16-Junior, 17-Denilson, 18-Vampeta, 19-Juninho Paulista, 20-Edilson, 21-Luizao, 22-Rogerio Ceni, 23-Kaka
Current FIFA World Ranking: 11th
2002 World Cup qualifying: Won UEFA “Group 9” (5-1-2; 16 GF, 6 GA)
World Cup final appearances: 11 – 1950 (8th), 1954 (6th), 1958 (11th), 1962 (8th), 1966 (1st), 1970 (8th), 1982 (6th), 1986 (8th), 1990 (4th), 1998 (9th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 20-12-13
Manager: Sven Goran Eriksson (SWE)
Championship Honors: 1966 World Cup Champions
World Cup Roster
1-David Seaman, 2-Danny Mills, 3-Ashley Cole, 4-Danny Murphy, 5-Rio Ferdinand, 6-Sol Campbell, 7-David Beckham, 8-Paul Scholes, 9-Robbie Fowler, 10-Michael Owen, 11-Emile Heskey, 12-Wes Brown, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Wayne Bridge, 15-Martin Keown, 16-Gareth Southgate, 17-Teddy Southgate, 18-Owen Hargreaves, 19-Joe Cole, 20-Darius Vassell, 21-Nicky Butt, 22-David James, 23-Kieron Dyer