thumbnail Hello,
Live

Friendlies

  • February 29, 2012
  • • 03:00
  • • AFG Arena, St. Gallen
  • Referee: S. Kever
  • • Attendance: 17500
1
FT
2

Bosnia & Herzegovina - Brazil Preview: Mano Menezes' men face tricky Balkan test without Kaka, Robinho and Maicon

Bosnia & Herzegovina - Brazil Preview: Mano Menezes' men face tricky Balkan test without Kaka, Robinho and Maicon

Egypt- Brazil

The Selecao will be without some high-profile players as they get to face Safet Susic's men, who missed out on Euro 2012 after they were knocked out by Portugal in a play-off tie


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA


Begovic
Spahic, Jahic, Papac
Salihovic, Pjanic, Rahimic, Misimovic, Lulic
Dzeko, Ibisevic

BRAZIL



Julio Cesar
Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo
Fernandinho, Sandro
Lucas Moura, Ganso, Neymar
Damiao


Bosnia & Herzegovina coach Safet Susic has hinted the he may field two strikers in the form of Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, meaning a defender could be compromised in order to accommodate what is a talented midfield.

Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Mehmed Alispahic is likely to be given a run-out as the trainer looks to make minimal alterations to his core squad.

After only being able to select foreign-based players for the friendlies with Gabon and Egypt, Mano Menezes had no restrictions this time around. However, Robinho, Kaka, Alexandre Pato and Maicon have all been snubbed by the coach.

Danilo had to withdraw through injury and his former team-mate at Santos, Rafael, is doubtful after picking up a knock. Jonas and Hernanes are in with a strong chance to start, following their impressive performances against Gabon and Egypt in the Selecao's previous outing.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina were defeated by Portugal at the play-off stage of qualifying for both World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
  • The Balkan side have not won a game since their 5-0 triumph over Luxembourg in October 2011.
  • Susic's team are currently positioned 19th in the FIFA rankings, the highest in the nation's history.
  • Brazil ended as winners the last time these two nations met in 1996. A 20-year-old Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game with a superb free kick.

  • Menezes' men are unbeaten in seven matches. Their last defeat was inflicted by Germany, who defeated the Selecao 3-2.
  • Ronaldinho could become the joint-seventh most capped Brazilian player alongside Gilmar on 94 caps, should he make an appearance. A goal would see him move to joint-sixth top scorer alongside Rivaldo on 34 goals.

Related

Field Report
Reader's Predictions
Top 3 Predictions
Head to Head
International Friendlies ‎(FR)‎ Feb 29, 2012 Bosnia 1 - Brazil 2
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
12Julio CésarGoalkeeper
6MarceloDefender
3Thiago SilvaDefender
4David LuizDefender
2Daniel AlvesDefender
7FernandinhoMidfielder
8HernanesMidfielder
5SandroMidfielder
9Leandro DamiãoStriker
-Ronaldinho
10NeymarStriker
16GansoMidfielder
-Elias
19HulkStriker
7LucasMidfielder
-Jonas

From the web