Brazil v PortugalFriendly Match Emirates Stadium Tuesday, February 6, 2007 Kick-off: 8pm
Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Emirates Stadium will host a match between Brazil and Portugal at 8pm on Tuesday 6th February 2007, the second international friendly to be held at the new 60,000 capacity stadium.
In testament to Emirates Stadium and the success of the match between Brazil and Argentina in September last year, the venue will hold this second international match less than six months since the stadium opened.
Key players such as Ronaldinho, Kaka and Arsenal's very own Gilberto are likely to feature, with the opposition line-up from Portugal set to be equally impressive, including stars like Ronaldo, Quaresma, Nani, and Deco.
The match will be both teams' first international fixtures of the year. The last time the two sides met was in April 2003 when Portugal beat five times world champions, Brazil, 2-1 in Porto. Scolari had already taken charge of Portugal, but this will be Dunga's first game against the Portuguese and he will be keen to extend his five match unbeaten run since becoming coach after the World Cup.
Arsenal Star, Gilberto, said: "I'm so pleased that my national side Brazil will again have the chance to play at my home ground, Emirates Stadium. I'm lucky enough to play there with Arsenal and playing there back in September with Brazil was really special. It's a great stadium to play in, the atmosphere is fantastic for all supporters and I'm really looking forward to the match."
Head Coach of the Portuguese National Team, Luiz Felipe Scolari, commented: "It will be the second time I'll face Brazil since I took charge of the Portuguese team. To me it's of course a special moment and I'm really looking forward to the match. I'm sure it will be an entertaining event given the enormous quality and talent of the players involved."
The FPF President, Gilberto Madaíl, commented: "This match could have been a dream semi-final of the World Cup 2006 for a lot of people and I'm sure it will generate a wonderful atmosphere given that this is another great opportunity for the vast Portuguese community living abroad and particularly those living in Great Britain to watch our time play."
The CBF president, Ricardo Terra Teixeira, enthused: "This announcement follows Brazil's successful international friendlies against Argentina and Wales in London last year. We are delighted to be returning to the fantastic Emirates Stadium to take on one of the best teams in the world in front of what we are sure will be another sell-out crowd."
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