Team GB v Brazil: Match Preview

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Team GB v Brazil; International Friendly; Riverside Stadium; Friday, 20th July, 1945 KO.

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Ryan Giggs will captain Great Britain for the first time tonight against Brazil, with the Welshman adding experience to a team built largely on U23s.

Manchester United colleague Tom Cleverley is also expected to feature in midfield, whilst Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy are also in-line to start as over-age players.

For Brazil, the likes of Neymar, Ganso, Oscar and Lucas Moura are all expected to feature, with Hulk leading the line for the Selecao.


Giggs excited for ‘special’ Brazil clash

Team GB captain Ryan Giggs admits he can’t wait to face Brazil in tonight’s Olympic warm-up at the Riverside Stadium.

The match will be GB’s first public showing since the 1960 Olympics, with a behind-closed-doors friendly against Mexico earlier in the week finishing in a 1-0 defeat.

Brazil will pose a completely different challenge in-front of the BBC cameras however, and the 38-year-old admits the opportunity to skipper the side at this summer’s Games was a chance he simply couldn’t turn down.

"It's always special to play against Brazil, the history they have in the game, the players they have and you know they have the best in the world and they are a proud nation," he told the press.

"The Olympics is probably one of the only competitions they haven't won, speaking to Rafa (Manchester United team-mate Rafael), I know they are desperate to win it, especially with Argentina winning it a few times in the last tournaments.

"Like anything, we're going to have to be competitive."

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