The National teams of Brazil and England arrive in Qatar tomorrow [Wednesday 11 November] in preparation for their friendly encounter in Doha on Saturday.
Both teams come to the heart of the Middle East with full strength squads, as coaches Dunga and Fabio Capello begin their final preparations for the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa next year.
“We are delighted to welcome to Qatar two teams of such great quality,” said Qatar 2022 Bid CEO Hassan Al Thawadi. “Qataris are passionate football fans and we are truly excited to have this opportunity to watch the English and Brazilian stars here on our home turf. There is sure to be a fantastic atmosphere at this hugely anticipated match.
Al Thawadi continued: “Our Bid offers FIFA an historic opportunity to bring people from all around the world together in friendship and unity. Fans from around the globe will be offered a once-in-a-lifetime football experience. And in doing so, hosting the world’s greatest tournament in Qatar will bring hope and joy to millions of people, young and old, all across our region.”
Qatar has organised a fan festival for visiting spectators, with English, Qatari and Brazilian ‘fan villages’, all of which open their doors at 3pm on Saturday. Special buses have also been laid on to take spectators to the stadium from different locations around Doha on match day. Expectations are building across the country as two of world football’s most famous sides meet in a repeat of the 2002 World Cup quarter-final, which Brazil won 2-1 before going on to lift the trophy.
Brazil’s national team boasts global stars such as Real Madrid’s Kaka, fresh from scoring a spectacular goal in the Madrid derby against Atletico at the weekend, in-form Pato who found the net against Lazio in the Italian Serie A for AC Milan, and Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano.
England will look to counter that impressive firepower with Chelsea captain John Terry leading the defence after heading the winner in his club’s weekend win over Manchester United. Wayne Rooney will be the key to Capello’s attacking plans once again, as England seeks its first World Cup win since 1966.
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