Brazil will face Brazilian football legend and current Iraq coach Zico before the Samba Kings match up against one of his former teams, Japan, in two October friendlies, the Brazilian Football Confederation announced today.

The Brazilians, who as hosts will qualify for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ automatically, will play Iraq in Malmo on 11 October and then Japan, the side Zico coached from 2002 to 2006, on 16 October in Wroclaw.