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Football: Brazil coach Dunga 'truly excited' to play Japan in Singapore

In the lead-up to the match on Oct 14, Dunga says Japan "is the best team in Asia" and is excited at the opportunity for his new-look Brazil team to lock horns with the Samurai Blue.

SINGAPORE: Ahead of Brazil's match against Japan at Singapore's National Stadium on Oct 14, coach Dunga said he is relishing the contest against "the best team in Asia" in front of Asian fans.

Said newly-appointed coach Dunga: "We are truly excited to be heading to Asia to play Japan. I think Japan is the best team in Asia, so it is great for us to have this opportunity as we start to rebuild.

"I am excited about my new team and it will be wonderful for us to play in front of our many Asian fans.”

While he did not announce the team travelling to Asia, the squad he named last month included only 10 of the players who competed in this year's World Cup, while three players playing in the Brazilian domestic league - Everton Ribeiro, Ricardo Goulart and Gil - were called up for the first time. Much-maligned striker Fred announced his international retirement after the competition.

Japan will also be under new management, with Mexican Javier Aguirre replacing Alberto Zaccheroni, who resigned after being eliminated at the group state in Brazil. Aguirre had guided Mexico to the last 16 at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.

Tickets for the match will be made available from Thursday, Sep 4, via the Sports Hub Tix Box Office and its website, with adult ticket prices starting from S$40. The match will kick off at 6.45pm.

Match organiser World Sport Group on Tuesday (Sep 2) announced a S$20 discount for those who are holding on to tickets from the Juventus-Singapore Selection match last month.