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Brazil confirm friendly game with England



Brazilian FA (CBF) President Ednaldo Rodrigues attends a soccer team's training session at the stadium in Tangier, Morocco March 24, 2023. REUTERS/Abdelhak Balhaki/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights

Brazil will play England in an international friendly in March 2024, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Monday, while England will also take on Belgium in the same international window.

The Brazil match will be played on March 23 at Wembley Stadium, the first game between the sides since a 0-0 draw in 2017. Brazil previously confirmed a game against Spain at the Bernabeu, also for March of next year.

England’s FA have also confirmed the Brazil game and announced another friendly international with Belgium at Wembley on March 26.

“The goal is always to arrange games of the Brazilian national team against great teams, especially world champion teams, so that we can have high-level technical confrontations, which also allow an evaluation of the performance of the Brazilian national team in tests like these,” CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues said.

“In the games against England and Spain next year, we will have two great classics of world football and, certainly, two great spectacles.”


Brazil are third in the CONMEBOL qualification standings for the 2026 World Cup, having lost their most recent qualifier 2-0 away to Uruguay.

England and Belgium have both already secured qualification for Euro 2024.

“I’m happy to have two strong matches in March as we build towards the Euro finals,” England manager Gareth Southgate said.

“It is important we take every opportunity to test ourselves against top opposition.”








Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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