The Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour resumes this week in a spectacular setting as Tite leads the Selecao against Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
The 81,000-capacity stadium will provide the centrepiece to this year's World Cup - hosting the final as well as the opening match, three group-stage clashes, a round of 16 match, and a semi-final.
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Built between 1955 and 1956, work on the stadium took 450 days and it was officially opened on July 31, 1956 as the old Soviet Union began to compete on the world stage.
It would host multiple Spartakiada Games, pentathalon world championships and the World Cup of Ice Hockey before going on to form the heart of the 1980 Olympics Games.
The Luzhniki’s first major refurbishment took place in 1996, when both a roof and seating were added ahead of a period that saw it host finals of both the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.
Following Russia’s successful bid to host World Cup 2018, the stadium was closed in August 2013 ahead of a major renovation, not reopening until last year – just in time to welcome Brazil’s fierce rivals Argentina for the first football match since its transformation.
The stadium sits in the heart of the Luzhniki Sports Complex, which stretches well over 350 acres of land and has played host to the likes of the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
It caters for between 5,000-10,000 people on a daily basis and the stadium itself is easily reached by public transport. Red Metro Line 1 station Sportivnaya and Vorob’yovy Gory are both within walking distance. It is also accessible by car and is surrounded by hotels for visitors from near and far.
Friday's test against Russia will be the first time Brazil have played an official match in Moscow since March 2006, when Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Russia.
The five-time world champions meet the Sbornaya on Friday, March 23 at 19:00 local time.