Two national teams with uncharacteristically low FIFA rankings will attempt to score a marquee friendly victory as Brazil takes on France. Both sides are currently ranked outside the top 15, with France at No. 18 and Brazil at No. 22 in the world.
The Selecao are coming off a solid performance against England that resulted in a 2-2 draw. There's an incredible amount of pressure on the group with the country preparing to host the World Cup next summer. Any signs of progress are a positive.
France bowed out of the last World Cup unceremoniously, earning just one point in group play. So the Blues are on the road to redemption. Friendlies against sides with as much talent as Brazil serve as a good measuring stick for them.
Even though it's just a friendly, both sides will want to use it as a building block moving forward, which should lead to some exciting action. Let's take a look at all the viewing information for the match, followed by a preview of what to watch for and a prediction.
Where: Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil
When: Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m. ET
Watch: beIN Sport
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
Brazil Player to Watch: Fred
Fred scored seven goals in his first 19 appearances for the national team. While that's a reasonable mark, he's taken his game to another level with a goal in each of his past four matches. That's the type of production that can help Brazil get back on track.
The 29-year-old striker has enjoyed a resurgence at both the club and international levels in recent years. His struggles coincided with a move to Lyon in France, where he struggled to find top form. Back in Brazil's top league, he is thriving once again.
His strong play has led to a much more reliable Brazilian attack. It also takes a lot of pressure off the likes of Neymar and Oscar, who have been thrust into crucial roles as 21-year-old stars. Expect another impressive showing against France.
France Player to Watch: Olivier Giroud
The France attack is struggling right now. The Blues were shutout in each of their last two matches, a friendly against Uruguay on Wednesday and a qualifier against Spain in March. They must find a way to rectify that before the next set of qualifiers in a couple months.
Giroud is one of the biggest keys. What type of season he had in his first campaign with Arsenal depends on perspective. Anybody expecting him set the world on fire was disappointed. But 13 goals in Premier League and Champions League play is good production.
Now he must bring that type of form to the national team. He's scored just three times in 18 appearances for France. Manager Didier Deschamps needs a more aggressive version of Giroud to show up against Brazil if the Blues are going to keep pace.
Matchup to Watch: Julio Cesar vs. Hugo Lloris
The Selecao know they are at their most dangerous in a wide-open match that allows their talented playmakers space to work. The Blues are desperate to get their offense going and should adapt to Brazil's playing style. It equals a busy match for the goalkeepers.
Cesar, who's the most-capped player on the current Brazil roster, was often the lone bright spot during an otherwise forgettable season for QPR. The back line has been prone to mistakes all year, which means Cesar must be on the top of his game for his side to get a positive result.
He will be opposed by Lloris, a fellow Premier League keeper. He split time with Brad Friedel during his first season with Tottenham but finished in fine form. He should get the call after sitting out the loss to Uruguay earlier in the week.
Brazil 2, France 2
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