While the rest of the world is locked in the latter stages of World Cup qualifying, Brazil is set to open a series of three friendlies in September, which begins with Australia on Saturday afternoon.
While Australia will be the easiest of three opponents Brazil faces—Portugal and Argentina are on deck—the Socceroos will be using the game as preparation themselves, having already qualified for the World Cup.
Let's break down this international friendly.
When: Saturday, September 7 at 3:15 p.m. ET (8:15 p.m. BST)
Where: Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia, Brazil
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The stars will be out for a stacked Brazilian side, with Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Paulinho, Oscar, Neymar and Hulk all named to the squad. You can expect that new Barcelona man, Neymar, will put on a show in this game.
But these friendlies are also very important for Brazil. While the rest of the world has had to endure the stiff competition of World Cup qualifying, Brazil has only had friendlies and tournaments like the Confederations Cup to prepare for 2014, since the host country automatically qualifies.
So no, don't expect Brazil to take Australia lightly.
Australia has already secured their place in next summer's World Cup, so this friendly will be a great chance to get a feel for the level of competition that awaits them. The Socceroos likely won't win this one, but it should be an excellent tune-up.
Australia may not have many household names, but there are some talented players that are represented in major leagues around the world, such as the injured Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Tom Rogic (Celtic) and Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).
They'll be overmatched but certainly competitive.
But they really don't stand a chance against a stacked Brazilian side that embarrassed Spain in the Confederations Cup final. Behind Neymar, the hosts are a potent squad.
Brazil wins, 3-0.
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