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Brazil Confirm Japan Friendly, England Likely to Follow

The CBF have confirmed that Brazil will play a friendly against Japan in Lille on 10th November, as they start to focus on preparations for the 2018 World Cup. A friendly with England at Wembley on November 14th is likely to be confirmed once England’s World Cup qualification is sealed.

The Seleção have a pair of qualifiers against Bolivia and Chile next week, however, they have already guaranteed themselves top spot in the CONMEBOL table and can start looking ahead to Russia 2018 in earnest.

Brazil are lining up matches against Germany and Russia in March too. CBF’s Head of Selection Edu Gaspar said, “We will close in October a cycle and a giant learning project that was to participate in the Qualifiers.

“Now we turn to preparations [for the World Cup] and we can speak more openly about that. Of course, Japan are from a different confederation than we are accustomed to facing, which will bring new learning to the whole team.”

CBF have also asked for VAR to be made available for the Japan friendly, noting, “It is part of the evolution of football and participating in a game with the technology involved will be very interesting.”


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