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  • November 14, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Ahmed bin Ali Stadium (Al-Rayyan Stadium), Umm al-Afā'ī
  • Referee: Banjari Mohammed Al Dosari
  • • Attendance: 18000
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International Friendly Preview: Egypt v Brazil

International Friendly Preview: Egypt v Brazil

Foto: Rafael Ribeiro/CBF

The Selecao's foreign-based players travel to Doha to take on the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions in a friendly to raise money for famine-struck Somalia


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EGYPT

El-Hadary
Gomaa, Fathi, Fathallah
El Mohamady, Hassan, Ghaly, Abd Rabou, Razek
Meteb, Zidan
BRAZIL

Diego Alves
Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, Luiz, Alex Sandro
Hernanes, L. Leiva, Fernandinho, B. Cesar
Hulk, Jonas
Egypt's newly appointed trainer Bob Bradley has called up 38-year-old goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary for duty despite the player being suspended by his current club in Sudan. Mohamed Aboutrika was surprisingly left out of the squad, but Bradley did state he could return in the future. Although Mohamed Zidan has seen his first team opportunities at Borussia Dortmund limited, he has also earned a call-up. Mohamed Nasef could make his debut for the Egyptians, whilst Ahmed Hegazy could earn his third cap following a string of impressive performances for the Under-20 side. Ex-Wigan striker Amr Zaki has withdrawn through injury and will not be in the squad on Monday evening.

Mano Menezes looks set to make a small number of changes to the team that faced Gabon. Daniel Alves returns from suspension to replace Fabio, and Alex Sandro displaces Adriano on the opposite side. Thiago Silva comes in for Luisao as David Luiz is the only defender to hold on to his place. Menezes looks set to stick with the 4-4-2 formation that his side utilised against Gabon. Real Madrid team-mates Kaka and Marcelo withdrew from the squad due to injury.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • The last meeting between these two sides came in the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. Brazil came out on top, earning a 4-3 victory.
  • Bob Bradley will take charge of the Pharaohs for the first time since his appointment as manager.
  • Egypt are due to take on Brazil in another friendly in February next year. This game is being used to raise money for famine victims in Somalia.
  • Egypt are currently 24 spots below Brazil in the FIFA Ranking. In September 2010 there was just five places separating these two sides.
  • The last time Brazil played in Doha they lost to arch-rivals Argentina 1-0, with Lionel Messi scoring the only goal.
  • The Selecao have suffered just two defeats in 15 fixtures this calendar year. They also have eight victories and five draws.
  • Brazil's starting line-up have only managed six international goals between them, five from Daniel Alves and one from Hernanes, scored in the previous game against Gabon.

Players to watch

Mohamed Zidan

Position: Attacker

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Though his chances at club level have been limited Zidan seems to always perform for his country. A technically gifted player with a keen eye for goal I would expect him to put in a good performance against strong opposition. The Borussia Dortmund striker scored twice when the teams last met in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Hernanes

Position: Midfielder

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The stand-out player against Gabon he will hope for another strong performance to cement himself a spot in the squad. His immense passing ability and strength in the challenge make him an all-round solid midfielder who can play deep or higher up the pitch. He scored his first international goal in his last outing and will his infusion of vision and steel makes him an extremely accomplished player.

Editor's Prediction

Brazil will face a much sterner task than they did in Libreville last Thursday and will need to vastly improve. They should still have the quality to see off the Pharaohs as Menezes will expect much more of his team. Hulk and Jonas will need to step it up and take their chances if they want to stay in the squad for future fixtures.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Egypt

Brazil

Wins
0
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Egypt EGY
Egypt Egypt
Draw
Brazil BRA
Brazil Brazil
31%
57%

Top 3 Predictions

Egypt EGY
2 - 1
Brazil BRA
Egypt EGY
0 - 3
Brazil BRA
Egypt EGY
1 - 3
Brazil BRA

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