Brazil will field a near full-strength squad against the Westfield Matildas when they take the field at the QSAC in Brisbane this afternoon.
Brazil will field a near full-strength squad against the Westfield Matildas when they take the field at Queensland Sports & Athletic Centre in Brisbane this afternoon. The world No.6 will be without superstar Marta, missing due to injury, but will still boast a formidable lineup for the two game series.
Former World Player of the Year finalist Cristiane will certainly be one to watch, while diminutive midfielder Formiga is set to receive her 100th international cap for the Seleção. Brazil coach Marcio Oliveira will use the matches to run his thumb over his squad as they prepare for the South American Championships, which double as their World Cup qualifiers.
A representative of the Brazil women's team Fernanda Coimbra said the side had acclimatised well to Brisbane's conditions and were looking forward to some much needed game time after an arduous journey.
“The team arrived in Brisbane on Thursday night after nearly 40 hours in transit so we have had a relatively relaxed buildup in preparation for today's match,” said Coimbra.
“The conditions have been beautiful - it's almost like we haven't left home so we're really looking forward to playing some good football.
“We've just been working on our positional play but certainly as the coach has said we're here to win.”
Meanwhile the Matildas will be eager to put a tumultuous couple of days behind them with reports of unrest from a section of players within the squad. The Aussies will surely be looking to do their talking on the pitch and concentrate on their own World Cup qualification plans, with the Matildas seeking to defend their AFC Asian Cup title in Vietnam next month.
Co-Captain Kathryn Gill has the opportunity to equal Cheryl Salisbury-s record for the Most Number of A-International goals by a Matilda which stands at 38 goals. While Rhali Dobson, Casey Dumont and Amy Harrison are all in line to make their senior international debuts.
Brisbane fans will have the opportunity to see a number of their state representatives in action, with eight Roar players selected in the 23-player squad. Tickets for this afternoon's match are still available and the game will be broadcast live and exclusive on ABC TV.
Matildas Squad: Teigen Allen, Laura Alleway, Mackenzie Arnold, Nicola Bolger, Hannah Brewer, Tameka Butt, Kim Carroll, Stephanie Catley, Brianna Davey, Lisa de Vanna, Rhali Dobson, Casey Dumont, Kathryn Gill, Katrina-Lee Gorry, Amy Harrison, Michelle Heyman, Elise Kellond-Knight, Alanna Kennedy, Leena Khamis, Clare Polkinghorne, Vedrana Popovic, Hayley Raso, Emily van-Egmond
Brazil Squad: Thaís Picarte, Kaká, Bruna Benites, Andreia Rosa, Gislaine, Poliana, Fabiana, Barrinha, Tamires, Formiga, Thaisa, Djenifer, Bia, Rosana, Andressa Alves, Debinha, Adriane, Darlene, Cristiane
Westfield Matildas - International Friendly Match Schedule - April 2014
Westfield Matildas v Brazil Queensland Sports & Athletic Centre (QSAC), Kessels Road, Nathan, Brisbane Sunday, 6 April 2014 Kick-Off 3:00pm AEST Gates Open 2:00pm AEST
Ticket Prices Adult - $20 Child/Concession - $10 Family - $40
Ticket Prices are inclusive of GST & Booking Fee. Transaction and credit card fees may apply.
Concession (Pensioner, Student, Child) Pensioner - Aged,TPI (valid ID cards) including seniors cards Student - Full time tertiary and secondary school students (valid ID required) Child - 4-16 years inclusive (children 3 years and under are free unless they are occupying a seat) National Companion Card Accepted
Family Definition: 2 Adults and 2 Children or 1 Adult and 3 Children
Ticketing details are available from www.footballaustralia.com.au/tickets
Westfield Matildas v Brazil Queensland Sports & Athletic Centre (QSAC), Kessels Road, Nathan, Brisbane Wednesday 9 April 2014 Kick-Off 4:30pm AEST Gates Open 3:30pm AEST
Please note that access to this match is by invitation only. No public ticket sales.
Today's match will be broadcast live and exclusive on ABC TV from 2.55pm AEST.
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