Brazil take on Switzerland in a friendly match in Basel on Wednesday. After batteringÂ Spain and winning the Confederations Cup in some style, itâ€™ll be interesting to see how Brazil perform in this match. In their earlier friendlies in Europe this year, like their defeat to England and lacklustre performance against Russia, which I saw live, Iâ€™m hoping that Brazil put on a good show. It does sound a bit like a walk in the park but Switzerland have only conceded one goal in seven World Cup qualifiers? Did anybody know that??? Donâ€™t expect a goalfest Iâ€™m afraid. Here is the full squad:
Julio Cesar, Jefferson
ThiagoÂ Silva, David Luiz, Dante
Dani Alves, Jean, Marcelo, Maxwell
Fernando, Hernanes, LuizÂ Gustavo, Paulinho, Lucas, Oscar
Hulk, Bernard, Neymar, Fred, Jo
Not many changes to the CopaÂ America squad really. And why would there be. Interesting that Maxwell has been called up at left back. And, as if to celebrate, he scored the equaliserÂ for PSG against Montpellier in a 1-1 draw (Edinson Cavaniâ€™s first league game for them). Maxwell has always been a bit of a nearly man in my eyes. Surely Adriano (from Barca â€“ who scored a great goal in a friendly against Santos by the way) is a better bet there. Any thoughts on Big Philâ€™s lineup?
This is what the Brazilianâ€™s think (as per a simple thumbs up or thumbs down vote on the UOL website).
- Thiago Silva â€“ 92.5%
- Neymar â€“ 92.3%
- Paulinho â€“ 92.2%
- Oscar â€“ 88.1%
- David Luiz â€“ 87.8%
- Marcelo â€“ 87.6%
- Lucas â€“ 84.3%
- Bernard â€“ 83.6%
- Dani Alvez â€“ 82.7%
- Julio Cesar â€“ 81.2%
Maxwell (55.0%), Fernando (44.3%) and Jean (40.9%) were the least popular.
Kick off time is 15.45 in Brazil and 19.45 UK.
The next friendly will be on September 7th, at home (Brasilia) to Australia.
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