The opening match of the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup marks also a clash between two club colleagues, Emerson and Oliver Neuville.

Both are on the books of Bayer Leverkusen, which has two players in each team (ZeRoberto, Bernd Schneider being the other two).

Brazil and Germany have met four times in the last ten years (two wins and one draw for the Seleçao). Germany lost the last head-to-head in Stuttgart in March 1998.