2010 FIFA World Cup: Brazil Officially Announce Two World Cup Warm-Ups

Victor SContributor IMay 27, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02:  Robinho of Brasil in action during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Brazil played at Emirates Stadium on March 2, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Brazil have announced two friendlies before the World Cup.  

The first, against Zimbabwe, will be on June 2nd in Harare.  The game will offer similar altitude conditions to those in Johannesburg, site of Brazil's first two World Cup games.  Brazil will leave for Harare on June 1st and return to Johannesburg on June 3rd.

The second game will be in Dar es Salaam against Tanzania, on June 7th.  Brazil will part for the Tanzanian capital on June 6th and return on June 8th.

Zimbabwe is ranked 110th in Fifa's Rankings, while Tanzania is ranked 108.

Both games will serve as tune-ups, since the last time Brazil played a match together was in early March against Ireland.

Brazil have historically faced weaker competition in the run-up to the World Cup.  In 2006, they played New Zealand and Lucerne.  In 2002, they faced off against Catalunya and Malaysia.

There had been rumors that Brazil would play South Africa and Mamelodi Sundowns, but an agreement could not be reached.

Brazil are the second team to arrive in South Africa, after Australia.

In these friendlies, Dunga will presumably seek to find a starting left-back, either Gilberto or Michel Bastos.  He will also likely test Daniel Alves or Baptista in the midfield, since Kaka's health is still in question.  Dunga, however, stated that he expects Kaka to be ready for both friendlies.

Brazil's first game is against North Korea on June 15th.