Brazil to host Chile in FIFA Confederations Cup warm-up

Five-time FIFA World Cup™-winners Brazil will host Chile on 24 April at Belo Horizonte in a warm-up friendly for the FIFA Confederations Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced today.

The match will be staged at the Mineirao stadium, which is one of the venues set to be used during the Confederations Cup, held from 15 to 30featuring continental champions ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which the South Americans will also host for the first time since 1950. Luiz Felipe Scolari who guided the team to their last FIFA World Cup triumph in 2002 is back at the helm after replacing Mano Menezes, but will likely have to put together a side without many of his overseas stars who will still be on club duty.

Brazil have also lined up matches against Italy in Geneva on 21 March and Russia four days later in London. The Seleção then head home to host England at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 2 June, followed by France one week later at Porto Alegre. Brazil qualify as hosts for the FIFA Confederations Cup and will joined in the eight-country tournament by Spain, Nigeria, Tahiti, Uruguay, Japan, Mexico and Italy. The Italians finished second, behind Spain, in UEFA Euro 2012 and earned an invitation to the tournament because Spain already booked their place in the tournament by winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

Brazil kick off the tournament on 15 June against Japan in Brasilia.