The Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) [Brazilian Football Confederation] announced today that it will face Wales in London as part of their tour to the UK during September.
The team now managed by QPR Director Dunga (1994 World Cup winning Brazil captain) will face the Welsh Dragons at White Hart Lane on Tuesday 5th September (kick-off 19:30)
During their time in the capital, the Brazilian side will also face bitter rivals Argentina at Arsenal’s new ground – The Emirates Stadium, on Sunday 3rd September 2006.
Football Association of Wales Secretary General David G. Collins commented; “This is a fantastic opportunity for Welsh football, and an exciting prospect for both the players and the fans. We have assembled a fantastic squad, and it will be great to see the likes of Bellamy and Giggs going up against the might of Brazil – it is set to be a real showcase of their talents. No doubt the M4 will be jammed packed on the day with fans making the trip to London for what is set to be a great day for Welsh football.”
CBF president Ricardo Terra Teixeira commented: “We are proud to announce two exciting games to be played in one of the world’s greatest footballing cities. The matches against Argentina and Wales will be a great spectacle for world football. With London’s multicultural population and love of football we are looking forward to a carnival atmosphere in the capital during our visit. With the incredible local support that all three teams enjoy we are confident of sell out crowds.”
The Brazilian squad travelling to London is likely to feature key players such as Ronaldinho, Robinho, Gilberto Silva & Kaka.
With the opposition line-up from the Welsh squad to feature Giggs and Bellamy (who scored for Liverpool in their Champions League qualifier last night, and from Argentina set to include stars Messi, Riquelme, Mascherano and Saviola, the two match tour will give football fans in the UK the chance to see some of the world’s greatest footballers in action.
Tickets for the Welsh match to be played at White Hart Lane will be released in the next few weeks.
The Brazilian team’s tour has been arranged by leading European sports rights agency Kentaro who organized Brazil’s highly successful pre-World Cup warm up matches in Switzerland and were the match organizers behind England’s friendly match against Argentina in Geneva in November 2005
The last time Brazil met Wales, was in Cardiff 2000, a game that Brazil eventually won 3-0 with Elber, Cafu and Rivaldo the scorers late in the second half. Brazil has a long history versus Argentina; they last met during the Confederations Cup in 2005 which Brazil won 4-1.
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Brazil vs. Argentina, 3rd of September 2006, Emirates Stadium (Arsenal FC).
Kick-off 16:00 local time
Brazil vs. Wales, 5th of September 2006, White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Kick-Off 19:30 local time
Background to Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF)
The Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) is the governing body of football in Brazil, and was founded on August 20, 1914 as Confederação Brasileira de Desportos (CBD) i.e. Brazilian Sports Confederation. Its first president was Álvaro Zamith. It organizes the Brazilian national competitions, like Campeonato Brasileiro (all the three levels) and Copa do Brasil. The state federations, which organize the state championships, are subordinated to CBF. The organization also administrates the Brazil national football team and the Brazil women’s national football team. It is based in Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro state. Its current President Ricardo Terra Teixeira.
Background to Football Association of Wales (FAW)
THE Football Association of Wales is the third oldest association in the world, having come into existence in 1876. The association has governed football in Wales continually since that date. The FAW is a member of FIFA and UEFA and is one of the five associations that make up the International Football Association Board, the guardians of the “Laws of the Game”. The FAW in addition to its administration responsibilities for football in Wales also has the responsibility of running the international teams, of which there are six, namely “A”, “U21”, “U18”, “U16”, Women’s and Girls “U16”.
The administration of football in Wales is governed by the Council consisting of a President, two Vice-Presidents, Treasurer and twenty elected/nominated members. In addition there are also two Life Vice-Presidents. The association is honoured by having Her Majesty The Queen as its patron.
The Council is responsible for the overall direction of Welsh football while the day to day management of the affairs of the association are directed by the Secretary General and his staff. Wales, being one of the smaller associations geographically and numerically of both FIFA and UEFA has fourteen full-time and two part-time staff
Formed in September 2003, Kentaro is one of the leading European sports rights agencies. Headquartered in Wil / Switzerland, with further offices in London, Berlin, Hanover and Stockholm, Kentaro currently employs approximately 50 employees.
Kentaro specialises in the international acquisition and distribution of premium television rights of national football federations, football clubs and leagues, using its unique world-wide network of close and trusted affiliates in the football and television broadcasting industries.
In addition to its television rights activity, Kentaro and its subsidiary Attaro, are now established as leading names in the full service event organisation of high profile international friendlies and events.
The company organised the England vs. Argentina friendly match in Geneva on 12 November 2005 and went on to organise and deliver the Brazilian national team’s (CBF) pre-World Cup training camp and warm-up matches in Switzerland earlier this year.