Brazil and Australia face each other this Saturday (07.09) at 04:15pm at the National Mané Garrincha Stadium, ground that will be the stage of seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. The two teams taking part in the friendly, which will be played on Brazil's Independence Day, have already qualified for the World Cup. According to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), around 32 thousand tickets had been sold until this Friday morning (06.09).
On the Brazilian side of things, manager Luiz Felipe Scolari gave signs of the team that should start the match during the training session held this Friday afternoon, at the Fire Brigade Training Centre in Brasilia. Daniel Alves, Fred and Hulk are not available because of injury and the manager fielded Maicon on the right flank, with Jo replacing Fred and Benard, Hulk.
Midfielder Oscar, who was injured during the training session on Thursday, was replaced by Ramires. As Big Phil confirmed this morning, the Chelsea player will probably not be match fit for Saturday. Brazil’s probable starting eleven: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho and Ramires; Neymar, Bernard and Jo.
Even before kick-off the friendly against Brazil has provided Australia with an opportunity that could prove of great value: learn a bit more about the 2014 World Cup host country.
“Of course it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the country. We’ve qualified already, so we’re able to start thinking about our stay next year. We intend on travelling a lot so that we’re able to find out which Team Base Camps may be useful to our county", said manager Holger Osieck in a press conference this Friday (06.09), just before Australia trained at the National Stadium.
When asked about his starting eleven against Brazil, Holger Osieck was brief: “I usually leave it until the day of the match to make my choice". In relation to how Australia will play, the manager said that he does not think that his team will only defend. “We’ll have to defend, but we have to attack too", he added.
See an infographic about the National Mané Garrincha Stadium