On Friday 24 August, Brazil and England enter battle at Goyang stadium in Group B. Both sides have been eagerly anticipating this match since the draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup took place on Thursday 17 May. Brazil have scored 13 goals in their two matches so far, but in the first-half against New Zealand John Peacock's side showed signs of just how impressive they could be in this competition.
A win over Brazil would see England top Group B and face a third place side from Group A, C or D. An added bonus would be a return to the familiar surroundings of Jeju, where both teams were so settled over the past ten days. However, that is easier said than done against the samba starlets who have been in explosive form. The match also marks the halfway stage in the tournament.
Both sides are at full-strength going into this game. However, England's Nana Ofori-Twumasi will want to avoid a yellow card in this match, as another booking would rule him out of a Round of 16 match.
After twenty-two head-to-heads, four in the FIFA World Cup™ and eighteen friendlies (Brazil lead 10-3 in victories with nine draws), this will be the first match between the countries' youth teams. England have not beaten Brazil since 28 March 1990, when they won a friendly in London 1-0.
In ten previous appearances at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Brazil have won eight, drawn one and lost one of their final matches in the group stage. Their only defeat came in the 1987 tournament in Canada when they lost 1-0 to Australia, which is also the only time they were eliminated in the group stage.
"Brazil is Brazil. They're tournament favourites and it will be a great experience for our players to play against them. I don't think Brazil are going to rest players for this final match. If you look at Brazil sides in tournaments, they don't tend to rotate," England coach John Peacock.
"I'm really looking forward to the game against England. My players have played well in the opening two matches, but against England I am anticipating a really tough match which will prepare both sides well for the knockout stages. I have a lot of respect for them," Brazil coach Lucho Nizzo.