Brazil cautious despite early qualification

RIO DE JANEIRO - After becoming one of the first teams to qualify for next year's World Cup, Brazil are now making plans to ensure they are not one of the first to exit South Africa.

Their South American neighbours Argentina were among the first casualties at the 2002 World Cup after sealing early qualification and Brazil are determined to avoid a similar fate.

"This is a motive of discussion and analysis among us," the head of Brazil's technical commission Americo Faria said on Wednesday.

"In 2002, Argentina shot away in the qualifiers and were eliminated prematurely.

"We are aware of this fact and will pass it on to the players."

Brazil safely booked their place for the World Cup 11 days ago, with three rounds still to go in the South American qualifiers, by beating Argentina 3-1 away from home.