South American football giants Brazil are set to take on 2018 World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly game in Moscow in March, according to reports. The CBF confirmed the match for Friday March 23, 2017 at the Russian capital city ahead of the mid-year event.
The RFU also confirmed the game via a statement:
“The Russian Football Union announced officially that an agreement has been reached on one of two scheduled friendly matches of the Russian national football team in March 2018.
“The Russian team will play a home friendly match against the national team of Brazil on March 23 in Moscow. The stadium and the time will be disclosed later.”
Brazil are making preparations for a series of friendly games to help the team gel well ahead of the mundial in June. There are planned games against Asian side Japan, and West European side England in November.
The coach Tite wants to play top teams from different continents to help the Brazilian national team, who are early favourites for the 2018 World Cup. Playing in Moscow would also help the team familiarise themselves ahead of the tournament, where they could lift their sixth World Cup.
There were reports of the forthcoming friendly game for a while now but it has been confirmed for March. There are reports another one against Germany is planned for March as well, and then others in May before the tournament begins.
With the quality in the Brazilian camp: Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Thiago Silva, David Luis, Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho, Dani Alves, Hulk and others, they are a threat to any side. With Tite leading the charge, this generation of stars might take over from the Germans and continue to dominate international football for the next few years.