Before 1971, Brazil did not have a national league. The state leagues, notably the Campeonato Paulista (Sao Paulo) and Campeonato Carioca (Rio de Janeiro) were the main football competitions in Brazil. Most of the big clubs are located in the two states. The two major states could produce all-time team that would be among the greatest in the world. I have create 23-member all-time teams for both states. In addition, I create all-team Best XI selections for North & Northeast region, and then another Best XI for South and Southwest(excluding players born in Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo). I was unable to create one for the Central-West. I could only find two players of note from there. Both Kaka and Lucio were born in the Federal District. My All-time Brazil team is located here.
This is the Best XI team for the North & Northeast regions of Brazil. The North region consists of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins while the Northeastern region included Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, and Sergipe.
GK: Manga (Recife, Pernambuco)
He was the starting keeper for the legendary Botafogo side that also featured Garrincha. He also won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1971 with the extraordinary Nacional of Cubilla and Artime. He went to the World Cup in 1966.
GK: Dida (Irara, Bahia)
Remembered for his 8 seasons with AC Milan. He was the hero of the 2003 Champions' League Final when he helped Milan to win the penalty shootout against Juventus. He became the first Brazilian keeper to be nominated for Ballon d' Or that year. He went to three World Cup Finals and started in 2006 for the Seleção.
GK: Paulo Vitor (Belem, Para)
He was the backup keeper at Mexico 1986. He played for CEUB, Operário de Várzea Grande, Brasília, Vila Nova-GO, Vitória-ES, Fluminense, América-RJ, Coritiba, Sport Recife, São José, Grêmio de Maringá, Remo Pará, Paysandu and Volta Redonda.
RB: Dani Alves (Juazeirio, Bahia)
He spent 6 years with Sevilla, winning two UEFA Cup's before joining Barcelona. He only played 79 times for Brazil at the time of writing, largely because Maicon is the regular starter during his time.
RB: Ze Maria (Oeiras, Piauí)
Ze Maria was a part of the 1997 Copa America winning team. He never played in the WC Finals. For his club career, he spent 1996 to 2006 playing in Italy, but with loan spells playing at home. He enjoyed the best period of his career with Perugia.
CB: Luis Pereira(Juazeirio, Bahia)
Widely considered to be the best central back in the Seleção's history. He played in World Cup in 1974. He played 562 games with S.E. Palmeiras (34 goals) and 171 games with Atlético Madrid (17 goals).
CB: Rildo(Recife, Pernambuco)
Rildo was a member of Pele's Santos team in the late 1960's. He would also also join him at NY Cosmos in 1977. He went to the WC Finals in 1966.
CB: Aldair (Ilhéus, Bahia)
Aldair played for Flamengo before heading to Europe. He was widely remembered for his 13 seasons with Roma. The club retired his #6 jersey for 10 seasons. For the national team, he was a key member of the great defensive unit of the WC winning team in 1994.
CB: Ricardo Rocha (Recife, Pernambuco)
He was a member of the WC team in both 1990 and 1994. He was the starting center-back in 1994, but suffered a tournament ending injury on the first game of the Finals. For his club career, he played for a number of clubs all over the world. He spent two seasons with Real Madrid.
LB: Junior (Joao Pessoa, Parriba)
The leftback for Brazil in 1982. He was part of the great Flamengo team of the 1980's winning the 1981 Copa Libertadores and 1981 Intercontinental Cup. With 857 matches, he is the player with most appearances for Flamengo.
Marincho Chagas was a top leftback during the 1970's and was known as being a right-footed leftback. He played for many clubs in Brazil, USA and Germany. His longest stint was with Botafago, which lasted 4 years. He played with Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto for NY Cosmos.
DM: Clodoaldo (Aracaju, Sergipe)
He was a member of Pele's Santos. He is best remembered for bing the defensive midfielder of the 1970 WC Team in Mexico. At the Final, he contributed to Carlos Alberto's famous goal against Italy by dribbing past 4 Italians.
CM: Mazinho(Santa Rita, Paraíba)
He is best known as the starting midfielder for Brazil at the 1994 World Cup in the USA. He was capped 35 times for Brazil , winning the 1989 Copa América, 1994 World Cup and the Silver medal at the 1988 Olympics. He played with Vasco da Gama, Palmeiras and Vitória. He also played in Italy and Spain.
LM: Canhoteiro (Coroatá, Maranhão)
His name literally mean "the left-footed". He also earned the nickname "the Garrincha of the Left". He was known for hos dribbling skills. For his club career, he played with Sao Paulo and was remembered for his battles with Pele's Santos in the 1960's.
RM: Socrates (Belem, Para)
He was the captain of 1982 and 1986 team. One of the best attack midfielders in Brazil's history. In 1983, he was named South American Footballer of the Year. He spent 7 seasons with Corinthians. He went abroad in 1984, playing a season in Serie A with Fiorentina. He was also a MD, earning the degree while he was an active player.
AM: Dirceu (Curitiba, Parana)
He were on three WC teams: 1974, 1978 and 1982. His best tournament was in 1978, where he made the All-tournament team. For his club career, he played for various clubs in Brazil before joining Atletico Madrid. From 1982 to 1987, he played for 5 Italian clubs.
AM/AM: Rivaldo (Paulista, Pernambuco)
Rivaldo was a part of the attacking trio known as "Three R's" with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho at the 2002 World Cup Finals. He scored 5 goals in 5 games as Brazil took its 5th World Cup. For his club career, he played for Barcelona. He won the 1999 Ballon d' Or.
AM: Ademir (Recife, Pernambuco)
Ademir formed a great attacking trio with Zizinho and Jair at the ill-fated WC Finals in 1950. He won the Golden Boot at the tournament. For club football, he had two spells each with Sport Recife and Vasco da Gama. He also had one spell with Fluminense.
AM/CM: Juninho Pernambucano (Recife, Pernambuco)
He was the leading player at Olympique Lyonnais leading them to seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles between 2002 and 2008. For the national team, his selection was limited by the number of great attackers in his generation. He was only capped 40 times and went to the 2006 WC Finals in Germany.
Mario Zagallo was involved in 4 of Brazil's 5 World Cup titles. He won 1958 and 1962 edition as a player. In 1970, he was the head coach. And in 1994, he served as an assistant coach. For his club career, he played for America, Flamengo and Botafago. He was a member of the great Botafago team that also featured Garrincha and Didi.
ST: Vava (Recife, Pernambuco)
Vava scored 15 goals in 20 caps for Brazil. He played in both 1958 and 1962 WC Finals. He scored in the Final for both tournament, making him one of four players to have scored in two WC Final matches. He played for Atletico Madrid from 1958 to 1961.
ST: Mario Jardel (Fortaleza, Ceará)
During his prime, he was one of the most prolific strikers in European football. He scored 266 goals in 274 games. He won the European Golden Boot for two years. His best years were with Porto, Galatasaray and Sporting CP.
ST: Bebeto (Salvador, Bahia)
With 39 goals in 75 appearances for Brazil, Bebeto is the sixth highest goalscorer for his national team. He was the top scorer for Brazil at the 1989 Copa América as the nation went on to win the tournament. At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he formed a formidable strike partnership with Romário to lead Brazil to a record fourth World Cup title. His goal celebration against Holland was one of the best ever. His best club career was with Deportivo La Coruna, where won the Pichichi Trophy in 1993. He played for Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Cruzeiro and Botafogo in Brazil, Sevilla in Spain, Toros Neza in Mexico, Kashima Antlers in Japan, and Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, finally retiring in 2002.
- Dante and Júnior Baiano are from Bahai. Dante has a wonderful career with Bayern Munich, but he was never given the chance with the national team. One of his caps were the semifinal matches against Germany at the WC in 2014. I did not drop him because of one match when everyone else on the team played poorly. I dropped him because the other center-backs had contributed more to the national team.
- Socrates' younger brother Rai was born in the state of Sao Paulo. He was a part of my Sao Paulo All-team team here.