Socceroos to play Brazil and France

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The Australian Socceroos are set to pit itself against some of the best in the world in preparation for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year. The Football Federation of Australia are ready to line up a match against the world class hosts for September, and are expected to do the same against France during October’s double FIFA match window.

It is expected that the Socceroos huge match up against the Brazilians will be staged at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on Brazil’s independence day, the 8th of September. This match will be the seventh meeting between the two nations, with Brazil being overwhelming favourites to win. The last meeting between the two sides was during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when Brazil scored two second half goals to put away the then Guus Hiddink managed Socceroos.

It’s also understood that the FFA have also lined up matches against two European internationals in October, one of them being France. The Les Bleus currently trails Spain in Group I in its bid to gain an automatic qualification spot for Brazil 2014.

The last time Australia faced France was during the 2001 Confederations Cup, where the Socceroos prevailed 1-0 in the Korean Republic before a 1-1 draw in Melbourne. The game, in hindsight, may have been considered a practice match ahead of the Socceroos world cup qualifier against Uruguay.

These two games, plus the second European friendly, will give the Socceroos some much needed training against world-class opposition before the 2014 tournament. Both sides are expected to put forward full strength squads .

The 2013 Confederation’s Cup winners will play Australia as part of a sequence of high profile international friendlies in preparation for the World Cup, beginning on the 14th of September against Switzerland. Brazil will face Portugal just three days after the tie with the Socceroos.

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