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  • 16 October 2012
  • • 13:10
  • • Stadion Miejski, Wrocław
  • Referee: M. Borski
  • • Attendance: 36000

Japan - Brazil Preview: Selecao seeking sixth consecutive win against confident opponents

Japan - Brazil Preview: Selecao seeking sixth consecutive win against confident opponents


Mano Menezes' men look to build upon the successful return of Kaka with their toughest challenge in some time against the in-form Blue Samurai in Poland



Uchida, Yoshida, Konno, Nagatomo

Hasebe, Endo
Kiyotake, Nakamura, Kagawa


Diego Alves
Adriano, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, L. Castan

Paulinho, Ramires
Kaka, Oscar
Hulk, Neymar

Brazil will be looking for their fifth consecutive victory when they face Japan, who are fresh from an impressive win over France, in Wroclaw on Tuesday.

Mano Menezes was expected to name the same starting XI to that which crushed Iraq 6-0 last week but has been forced into one change. After breaking a bone in his foot, Real Madrid's Marcelo has had to withdraw from the squad and so Leandro Castan will deputise at left-back.

Similarly, Alberto Zaccheroni could name an unchanged side as the Blue Samarai look for their second scalp of the international break. Hero of the Stade de France, Shinji Kagawa, will start in attacking midfield while in-form Takashi Inui could be in contention for a place in the team.

  • Brazil came out on top the last time these two sides met. A Ronaldo double sent the Selecao on their way to a 4-1 win at World Cup 2006.
  • The Canarinho have won their last five fixtures, netting a total of 20 goals whilst conceding just one.

  • Mano Menezes may well hand a debut to Roma centre-back Leandro Castan. The former Corinthians man may be forced to play out of position following Marcelo's withdrawal.
  • Japan have never managed to triumph over Brazil in the eight times that they have met. (W0 D2 L6)

  • Yasuhito Endo (pictured right) will make his 123rd appearance for the Blue Samarai should he feature on Tuesday, making him the country's all-time most-capped player.

  • The East Asian side lie just nine places lower in the Fifa Rankings than their 14th-placed opponents.
  • As 2011 Asian Cup champions, Japan will travel to Brazil in 2013 to take part in the Confederations Cup.

Players to watch

M. Yoshida

Position: Defender

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The centre-back was unbeatable during the Olympic Games in the summer and he will have a pivotal role to play if Japan are to dampen the effect of Brazil's vibrant attack. He may find it difficult with the opposition likely to line up without a recognised centre-forward. But if he can organise the defence suitably, limiting spaces down the channels, it could provide Japan with a solid base from which to spring a potential upset.


Position: Midfielder

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Oscar was in scintilating form as Brazil brushed Iraq aside last Friday, scoring twice in a man-of-the-match performance. His ability to drift across the forward line and find the pockets of space will be crucial to the majority of his side's attacks. The 21-year-old seems to get better with every game and he has now become one of the Selecao's most important players. A good, creative performance from Oscar could be more than enough to send Brazil on their way to victory.

Editor's Prediction

Japan will provide much sterner opposition than the likes of China and Iraq, whom Brazil have breezed past in some of their most recent fixtures. The Asian side have plenty of talent throughout their ranks but if the Selecao can maintain the attacking fluidity that they showed last Friday then they should have enough to take the win. Brazil will not be at full strength in defence and that could leave them vulnerable to the technically gifted Japanese attacking-midfielders.

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