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Wednesday, 19 April 1978
International Friendly Match

England 1 Brazil 1 [0-1]


Match Summary
England Squad
Brazil Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 92,500;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: David Coleman

Brazil - Gil (10)
England - Kevin Keegan (free-kick that bent around the wall beyong the keeper 70)
Brazil - Ze Maria ("second Brazilian to be booked!"), Batista (69)
Results 1975-1980

? kicked-off. 92 minutes (46:39 & 46:00).


Match Summary

Officials from Netherlands




Referee (-) - Charles G.R. Corver
x (-).

Linesmen - H. Weerink and B. Draaisma

Reserve Linesman - M.E. Jermey, Woking

Teams presented to The Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. James L. Callaghan, M.P.

Three outfield player substitutions permitted, and one goalkeeper substitution, as agreed by the managers.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th
Colours: The 1976 Admiral away uniform - Red collared jerseys with white/blue sleeve trim and white/blue trimmed collar/cuffs, white shorts with blue/white side stripes, red socks with white/blue stripes on top.
Capt: Kevin Keegan, eleventh captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 56 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 12 December 1977,
5th match, W 2 - D 2 - L 1 - F 6 - A 3.
England Lineup
1 Corrigan, Joseph     G     GA
2 Mills, Michael D. 29 4 January 1949 RB Ipswich Town FC 15 0
3 Cherry, Trevor            
4 Greenhoff, Brian 24 28 April 1953 RHB Manchester United FC 13 0
5 Watson, David V. 31 5 October 1946 CHB Manchester City FC 30 0
6 Currie, Anthony            
7 Keegan, J. Kevin 27 14 February 1951 OR SV Hamburger, Germany 36 9
8 Coppell, Stephen            
9 Latchford, Robert D. 27 18 January 1951 CF Everton FC 2 0
10 Francis, Trevor            
11 Barnes, Peter            
England Substitutes

unused substitutes:

-John Deehan (squad member only ?)

team notes:

Kevin Keegan's ninth goal for his country was England's tenth goal scored from a direct free-kick, and the first for almost four years.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Brazil Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow crew necked jerseys with green Adidas trim/collar/cuffs, blue shorts with white side trim, white socks with green/yellow trim.
Capt: Rivelinho Manager: Claudio Coutinho
Brazil Lineup
1 Leao     G     GA
14 Abel            
13 Ze Maria            
  Ze Maria cautioned in first half for failing to retreat for a free-kick in the Brazilian defending corner area.        
4 Amaral            
5 Cerezo            
6 Edinho            
20 Nunes            
8 Zico            
18 Gil            
10 Rivelino            
11 Dirceu            
Brazil Substitutes
17 Batista, on for Nunes            
  Batista cautioned in 69th min for failing to retreat for a Keegan free-kick, from which Keegan would score.        

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Oscar, the centre-back, was in the original starting line-up, but a slight fever prevented his taking part. He was replaced by Abel.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Brazil, a goal up in ten minutes through Gil, abandoned their silky smooth samba football for uncompromising tactics that led to five of their players being booked. England missed a hatful of chances to equalise before Kevin Keegan earned a merited draw with a Brazilian-style free-kick that he bent round the defensive wall. Football purist Ron Greenwood said privately after the match: 'I would much rather to have been beaten by a Brazil team playing the sort of skilled football that is their tradition than holding to a draw a side that, let's be honest, was thuggish in their approach. It was very sad to see them resorting to such tactics.  That is not the Brazil way.'

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
ESPN Classic
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author