South Africa v Brazil Live Stream Schedule, Team News, Match Preview from First National Bank Stadium Johannesburg
The latest South Africa v Brazil live streaming schedule, plus team news and match preview from Johannesburg as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side prepares for the World Cup on home soil (KO 17:00 GMT).
Brazil will continue their preparations for the World Cup 2014 when they play their last away game before the tournament against South Africa in Johannesburg later today as Luiz Felipe Scolari looks to build confidence ahead of the showpiece tournament.
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The game will mark the official handover of the baton from the 2010 World Cup hosts to this year’s hosts Brazil, the highly anticipated clash has captured the imagination of the South African public with over 40,000 tickets sold for the clash at the FNB Stadium.
The game will be a chance for South African football fans to see stars of the calibre of Neymar, Willian, Hulk Ramires and Paulinho.
While the game has excited the football loving South African, the Bafana Bafana are not just there to make up the numbers with former International midfielder Helman Mkhalele beliving his side can give the 2013 Confederation Cup winners a stern test.
“I think our guys will do well because the competition is always high every time we play against Brazil. One of the things I know about them is that they play the same kind of football that we play” the former Orlando Pirates star said.
“The physical built of our guys and theirs is almost the same just like Spain, as you saw when we played against them. It’s almost same. The only thing that we need to work on the most is our organisation especially in defence.
“We need to be quick when initiating our attacks whenever we win the ball. We need to attack with pace because we tend to look disorganised in a number of occasions and teams can take advantage of that. We need to find the balance and must use energy.
“Concentration is always the key. We need to try as much as possible to use each and every scoring opportunity to score goals. These (Brazil) are the teams that score whenever they get opportunities to do so,” said Mkhalele.
The last time the two countries met was in September 2012, when Brazil won 1-0, a game that marked the first time that Gordon Igesund had taken charge of the national side.
Igesund has named a strong squad for the game with European based players Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thulani Serero, Siyanda Xulu, Tokelo Rantie and Anele Ngcongca all included in the 23 man squad which features 13 home-based players.
Both sides are set to unveil their newest strips for the game with the Brazilian’s showcasing the kit they hope will inspire a sixth world cup success.
In addition to handing over the mantle of hosts for the greatest football show on Earth, South Africa are keen to use the clash to show the rest of the world how good the nation is at hosting top class events as well as reminding everyone how united the country is.
Speaking at an event to mark the game, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane told reporters “This is a special occasion which should be celebrated by all South Africans. We should also take this occasion to celebrate our late Father of the Nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s legacy,” said Premier Mokonyane.