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Exeter City seal Fluminese friendly

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Friday saw the long-awaited announcement that Exeter City will travel to Brazil next July to play Fluminese. 

The game took three years to plan and has a back-story which will delight the connoisseurs of football history. 

If the question, who did five-time World Cup winners Brazil face in their first ever match, was to come up in a game of Trivial Pursuit, you would be forgiven for making a logical guess along the lines of Argentina, Uruguay or Portugal. 

The answer that Exeter City were the first team that the world-famous Brazilian national team faced is stunning and carries a reminder of the romantic element of football's past that is often forgotten in the technologically advanced modern era.

Exeter were chosen by the Football Association to be the 'representative' team of England in Brazil in 1914. 

They won their first two games of the tour before losing to Brazil 2-0 in Rio de Janiero. 

Like Exeter a century ago, Fluminese have been chosen to represent their country this time around and the 2014 game will try to stick to the 1914 version as much as possible, with replica kits being used, the game being played in the same stadium and the original ball being used for the kick-off.

Exeter officials are in the process off creating travel packages for their fans and hope to see a large number make the trip to Brazil for a game which will take place just a week after the finish of next year's World Cup.

The game is sure to be a fantastic spectacle of the history of football.

There is certainly something special in knowing that the most successful footballing nation, a team which has won the World Cup five times and produced some of the game's greatest players, Pele, Garrincha, Jarzinho and Socrates, to name a few, played its first ever game against a small English side. 

There is a strong chance Brazil may be celebrating its sixth World Cup success when Exeter travel to South America next year, which would really give this special game an extra edge.

 

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