Brazil to play Japan here on Oct 14
FIVE-TIME world champions Brazil will play reigning Asian Cup winners Japan in a football friendly in Singapore's new $1 billion sports complex in October, organisers announced yesterday.
The Oct 14 fixture will be one of the first for the new head coaches of both teams, which had disappointing showings at last month's World Cup, with hosts Brazil humbled 7-1 by eventual winners Germany in the semi-finals and Japan exiting at the group stage.
Brazil fired Luiz Felipe Scolari and replaced him with former coach Dunga, while Italian Alberto Zaccheroni stepped down from his role with the Blue Samurai to be succeeded by Mexican Javier Aguirre.
Singapore's new Sports Hub, which opened in June, features a 55,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof and moveable seating, making it flexible enough to host football, cricket, rugby and athletics.
The fixture is another feather in the cap for Singapore's push to become a centre for world-class sport in the absence of domestic talents.
The complex's smaller 12,000-seat indoor stadium will host the WTA Finals - women's tennis' end-of-season event - in October for the first time.