SOUTH AFRICA FRIENDLY ARRANGED

Brazil will be taking on in a friendly match against South Africa in March, which is seen as the final opportunity for any players looking to get into the national team squad ahead of the World Cup 2014.

This is the final friendly match for the nation before they take part in the competition. Since they have been doing extremely well in the last 12 months, it has been rumoured that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be taking an unchanged team to this friendly match. However, he has surprised everyone by naming Manchester city midfielder Fernandinho into the squad.

Despite players like Kaka and Robinho being left out, Scolari found the place for Fernandinho, who has been doing extremely well since the move to Manchester city according to the former Chelsea boss. Fernandinho had been tipped to make the squad by a free bet offers website, and everyone who put money on him making it will have been pleasantly surprised! The midfielder was a £ 30 million signing in the summer, but he had featured only 5 times for the national team since making their debut in 2011.

His last appearance for the national team came in 2012, which sparked speculation that he was unlikely to be included – despite his good form – given his age. Scolari, though, is targeting the results first World Cup win since 2002 and he seems prepared to take his best players possible without worrying about their age.

“Fernandinho has been playing pretty well in Manchester and has been catching my attention. It’s an opportunity for him. And Rafinha has been working pretty well at Bayern Munich. Both players have a history on the national youth teams. I always have to take a look at other players because, the way tournaments are being played, we can never be sure that the players we imagine will be called up will be in their best condition when the (World Cup) squad is announced,” said Scolari.

Brazil’s first match of the World Cup will be against Croatia.