The IBSA Blind Football World Championships begin tomorrow in Madrid ©IBSA

Brazilian forward Jefinho has warned the competing teams at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Blind Football World Championships starting tomorrow in Madrid that the country are in the best possible shape as the South American side seek to claim a fifth title.

A total of 16 teams are set to battle it out for the world title in the largest edition in the history of the flagship IBSA event.

Brazil arrive in the Spanish capital as the reigning world and Paralympic champions.

Their team for the tournament includes eight players who won the gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and Jefinho promised the team was "very well prepared".

"The preparation for the World Cup was the best possible," Jefinho said. 

“We train a lot, we dedicate ourselves to get the best of our form in this competition. 

"I believe we will arrive very well prepared for this challenge."

Brazil arrive in Madrid as one of the tournament favourites ©Madrid 2018
Brazil arrive in Madrid as one of the tournament favourites ©Madrid 2018

He added: "The objective is to be champions, every time we get on the court the goal is victory. 

"Of course it's game by game, step by step, but the goal is always the title. 

"We know it will be the most disputed World Cup in history, it will be a very complicated competition, there are quality teams that can reach the title, but our objective is to win the final."

Brazil begin their campaign when they take on Mali in Group D, which also includes Costa Rica and England, on Friday (June 8).

Spain will open the event as they play Thailand in the first match tomorrow.

The two teams will compete alongside Morocco and Turkey in Group A.

Copa America winners Argentina, France, Colombia and Iran make up Group B.

European gold medallists Russia, who will participate as neutrals owing to the nation's doping scandal, Mexico, South Korea and Asian title holders China comprise Group C.