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Wednesday, 28 March 1990
The Varig (Brazilian Airlines) Challenge Cup

England 1 Brazil 0 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Brazil Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 80,000;
Receipts: 1.2million (new Wembley record); Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on BSB The Sports Channel (UK) -
Martin Tyler and Andy Gray

England - Gary Lineker (36)
Results 1985-1990

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).


Match Summary

Officials from German Democratic Republic




Referee (-) - Klaus Peschel
x (x), FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - Wieland Ziller and Guenther Habermann.

Reserve Official - K.H. Hoare, Birmingham.

Teams presented to The Right Honourable The Earl of Harewood, K.B.E., L.L.D., F.A. Honorary Vice-President.

Match preceded by England U18 vs. Denmark U18.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th to 6th
Colours: The 1990 Umbro home uniform - White collared jersey with shadowed diamonds and navy collar/cuff, navy shorts with white panel and red triangle, white socks with navy tops.
Capt: Terry Butcher, third captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 57 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
84th match, W 42 - D 26 - L 16 - F 139 - A 49.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L., injured off 11th min. 40 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 114 70 GA
2 Stevens, M. Gary 27 27 March 1963 RB Rangers FC, Scotland 37 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 27 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 20 0
4 McMahon, Stephen 28 20 August 1961 M Liverpool FC 10 0
5 Walker, Desmond            
6 Butcher, Terence I. 31 28 December 1958
born in Singapore
CD Rangers FC, Scotland 68 3
7 Platt, David A. 23 10 June 1966 M Aston Villa FC 3 0
8 Waddle, Christopher            
9 Beardsley, Peter, off 78th min.            
10 Lineker, Gary W. 29 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 47 30
11 Barnes, John         50 9
England Substitutes
13 Woods, Christopher C.E., on 11th min. for Shilton 30 14 November 1959 G Rangers FC, Scotland 15 4 GA
16 Gascoigne, Paul J., on 78th min. for Beardsley 22 27 May 1967 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 1

unused substitutes:

12-Paul Parker, 14-Tony Dorigo, 15-Steve Bull, 17-Mark Wright, 18-Michael Thomas.

team notes:

Manager Bobby Robson played for England against Brazil in June 1958.
Peter Shilton extends his tally as record appearance holder.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Brazil Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Made by Topper - Blue v-necked collared jersey with white collar/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks with white trim.
Capt: Ricardo Raimundo Manager: Sebastiao Lazaroni
Brazil Lineup
1 Taffarel, Claudio     G     GA
2 Jorginho            
3 Mozer, Jose Carlos, off 79th min.            
4 Mauro Galvao            
5 Branco            
6 Ricardo Raimundo            
7 Bebeto, off 64th min.            
8 Dunga            
9 Careca            
10 Silas, off 46th min.            
11 Valdo, off 79th min.            
Brazil Substitutes
16 Alemao, on 46th min. for Silas            
17 Muller, on 64th min. for Bebeto            
13 Aldair, on 79th min. for Mozer            
18 Bismarck, on 79th min. Valdo            

unused substitutes:

12-Acacio, 14-Mazinho, 15-Ricardo Rocha.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This was billed as an unofficial World championship because both teams were undefeated in their last fourteen international matches. The game was settled by Gary Lineker nine minutes before half-time when he headed in his thirtieth England goal after John Barnes had flicked on a Peter Beardsley corner from the left. It was England's first home victory against Brazil for thirty-four years. Shilton had to go off for stitches after Des Walker's elbow had hit him in the face, and Chris Woods took over in goal. Muller claimed the ball was over the line when Stuart Pearce made a goalmouth clearance in the sixty-sixth minute. The 80,000 all-seater crowd were brought to their feet at the end to give England a standing ovation for an excellent performance against the favourites for the World Cup just three months away.

Source Notes

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