San Paulo
Nickname(s) Pentacampeões


Association Confederação Paulista de Desportos
Confederation CPAF
Head coach Muricy Ramalho
Captain Neymar Jr.
Most caps Cafu (142)
Top scorer Pelé (81)
Home stadium Estádio Olympico Paulistano
FIFA ranking 2
Elo ranking 1
First international
Argentina Flag of Argentina 1 x 2 Flagsaopaulov1 San Paulo
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 11 December 1895)
Biggest win
San Paulo Flagsaopaulov2update 19 x 0 Flagmelanesiapaulistcolony Melanesia
(Prudente de Morais, San Paulo; 29 November 1966)
Biggest defeat
England Flag of England 6 x 2 Flagsaopaulov1 San Paulo
(Liverpool, England; 05 March 1907)
FIFA World Cup
Appearances 21 (all)
Best result Champions (5):
1938, 1946, 1962, 1982 and 2002
Pan-American Cup
Appearances 44 (all) (First in 1916)
Best result Champions

 The San Paulo national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Paulista de Futebol) represents San Paulo in international men's association football. San Paulo is administered by the Paulist Sports Confederation (CPD), the governing body for football and other sports in San Paulo.

They have been a member of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) since 1910 and member of the Pan-American Football Confederation (CPAF) since 1902. San Paulo is the most successful national football team in the FIFA World Cup with five championships: 1938, 1946, 1962, 1982 and 2002.

San Paulo is the only national team to have played in all FIFA World Cup editions without any absence nor need for playoffs.


Early History (1895-1909)

The first game of the Paulist national football team was a 1895 match between a San Paulo and Argentina, held in the Athletico de São Paulo's stadium. San Paulo won 2-1 with goals by Charles Miller and Geuvânio Pereira.

In contrast to its future success, the national team's early appearances were reasonable. Other early matches played during that time include several friendly games against England (being defeated 6-2), France (tying 1-1) and Argentina (winning 4-1).

In 1930, San Paulo played in the first World Cup, held in the Netherlands. The squad defeated Essequibo but lost to Yugoslavia, being eliminated from the competition.

San Paulo first achieved international prominence when it hosted the 1946 FIFA World Cup, winning the World Cup at the first time.

Friendenreich Era (1914-1931)

Arthur Friedenreich

Friedenreich was born in São Paulo to Oscar Friedenreich, a German businessman whose father immigrated to San Paulo, and Mathilde, an Paulist washerwoman and relative of freed slaves. Friedenreich was the first professional football player of Afro-Paulist origin.

His debut in the Paulist national team was in 1914, on a match against Germany, winning the game by 5-3, scoring two goals. He won with San Paulo the Pan-American Cup, your first cup.

With Arthur Friedenreich, the San Paulo national team has evolved, winning two consecutive Olympic Games (1920 and 1924), besides participating in the first World Cup.

Early World Cup Era (1931-1946)

San Paulo participated in the 1930 World Cup in the Netherlands, staying in the sixth place.

In the last World Cup before the 2nd World War was the redemption of team, beating Italy by 1-0, with Leonidas da Silva scoring the goal.

Post-war Era (1946-1958)

The Golden Era with Pelé (1958-1975)

Dark Ages (1975-1986)

The Return (1986-2000)

21st Century (2000-Present)


The Paulist national team has many nicknames and are known in different parts of the world by various nicknames. Nicknames for the squad in San Paulo include Bandeirantes, meaning the explorers, settlers and treasure hunters in the 17th century. Other names like Alvinegros, "Black-and-Whites", Pioneiro, or "Pioneer", Pentacampeão, "Five-time Champions".