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Football: Brazil to take on Japan at Sports Hub on Oct 14

Expect to see the likes of Neymar, David Luiz, as well as Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in an international friendly match at the Sports Hub say organisers.

SINGAPORE: Football fans, mark your calendars. Organisers on Thursday (Aug 7) announced a mouth-watering clash between Brazil and Japan at Singapore's new Sports Hub on Oct 14.

World Sport Group (WSG) says Brazil will likely field golden boy Neymar., defender David Luiz and midfielder Oscar. WSG also says other stars who did not make the World Cup squad, such as the Liverpool duo of Lucas Leiva and Coutinho plus Robinho, Fernando and Pato could receive a call-up. The Japanese squad, meantime, could include star Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa.

Both sides have new coaches at the helm following their poor run at this year's FIFA World Cup. Former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre is seeking to revive the fortunes of Japan and Dunga, Brazil's 1994 World-Cup winning skipper is taking charge of the "Selecao" for a second time.

Mr Malcolm Thorpe, World Sport Group's Vice President of Sports Development and Events said: "WSG is thrilled to be staging this blockbuster match between the five-time World Cup winners and the Asian champions - this will be another historic event for Singapore."

"This shows that Singapore is increasingly becoming an attractive venue for world-class sporting events," said Mr Gerard Wong, Director of Marketing and Communications of the Football Association of Singapore. "We are sure football fans in Singapore will be thrilled at the prospect of watching one of the world's best teams taking on Asia's best in the flesh."

Organisers say match details, including ticketing information, will be announced at a later date.