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Friday, 1 June 2007
National Stadium Inauguration Nationwide Friendly Match

England 1 Brazil 1 [0-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance: 88,745;
Kick-off: 8.02pm BST:
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson. Watched by 10.7m

England - John Terry (five-yard header from a Beckham free-kick 68 67:35).
Brazil - Diego (twelve-yard header 90
+2).
Match Summary
England Squad
Brazil Squad
Results 2005-2010 no yellow or red cards

Brazil kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials

England

Type

Brazil

Referee (red) - Dr. Markus Merk
45 (15 March 1962), Kaiserslautern, Germany, FIFA-listed 1992;

Assistant Referees - Fernando Tamayo, 43 (17 December 1963), Ecuador and Saleh Mohamed Al Marzouqi, 36 (2 December 1970), United Arab Emirates;

Fourth official - Daniel Bennett, 30 (22 August 1976), FIFA-listed 2003, Johannesburg, South Africa;
Teams presented to The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, including Brazilian F.A. representatives as well as those from The F.A.. The England team also wore black armbands, and a minutes applause was remembered in honour of Alan Ball.
9 Goal Attempts 14
4 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
4 Corner Kicks Won 5
2 Offside Calls Against 2
22 Fouls Conceded 20
- Possession -

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (16th May 2007) 8th
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2007 home uniform - White shirts with red horizontal stripe with two navy Umbro diamonds/three lions abstracted side panel, navy blue shorts with two white Umbro diamonds, white socks with two navy Umbro diamonds and thin band.
Capt: John Terry, 9th captaincy, Steven Gerrard after 73 min. Coach: Steve McClaren, 45, appointed 4 May 2006, effective 1 August 2006, 
10th match, W 4 - D 4 - L 2 - F 15 - A 5.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 27 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 35 18 GA
2 Carragher, James L.D. 29 28 January 1978 RB Liverpool FC 34 0
3 Shorey, Nicholas 26 19 February 1981 LB Reading FC 1 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 27 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 56 12
5 King, Ledley B. 26 12 October 1980 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 0
6 Terry, John G., off 73rd min. 26 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 38 3
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 77th min. 32 2 May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 95 17
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 86th min. 28 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

54 12
9 Smith, Alan, off 62nd min. 26 28 October 1980 F Manchester United FC 17 1
10 Owen, Michael J., off 83rd min. 27 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 81 36
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 62nd min. 25 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 39 6
England Substitutes
19 Dyer, Kieron C., on 62nd min. for Smith 28 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 31 0
20 Downing, Stewart, on 62nd min. for Cole 22 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 13 0
12 Brown, Wesley M., on 73rd min. for Terry 27 13 October 1979 D Manchester United FC 11 0
17 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 77th min. for Beckham 24 18 February 1983 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 0
21 Crouch, Peter J., on 83rd min. for Owen 26 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

18 11
16 Carrick, Michael, on 88th min. for Lampard 25 28 July 1981 M

Manchester United FC

13 0

unused substitutes:

13-Scott Carson, 14-Wayne Bridge, 15-Phil Neville, 18-David Bentley, 22-Robert Green, 23-Jermain Defoe.
   
4-4-2 Robinson -
Carragher, Terry
(Brown), King, Shorey -
Beckham
(Jenas), Gerrard, Lampard (Carrick), Cole (Downing) -
Owen
(Crouch), Smith (Dyer).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.2 Appearances/Goals 42.5 8.0

 

Brazil Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (16th May 2007) 2nd
ELO rating 1st
Colours: Made by Nike - Yellow shirts with green trim, blue shorts, blue socks;
Capt: Gilberto Silva Coach: Dunga Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, 43 (31 October 1963), appointed 24 July 2006.
Brazil Lineup
1 Helton 29 18 May 1978 G FC Porto, Portugal 4 4 GA
2 Daniel Alves, off 65th min. 24 6 May 1983 RB Sevilla FC, Spain 6 0
3 Naldo 24 9 October 1982 CD SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV, Germany 1 0
4 Juan 28 1 February 1979 CD TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen eV, Germany 51 3
5 Mineiro, off 63rd min. 31 2 August 1975 M Hertha Berliner SC, Germany 7 0
6 Gilberto 31 25 April 1976 LB Hertha Berliner SC, Germany 16 1
7 Ronaldinho 27 21 March 1980 F Barcelona FC, Spain 74 30
8 Gilberto Silva 30 7 October 1976 M Arsenal FC, England 49 3
9 Vágner Love 22 11 June 1984 F PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva, Russia 8 2
10 Kaká, off 71st min. 25 22 April 1982 M AC Milan, Italy 47 16
11 Robinho, off 74th min. 23 25 January 1984 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 31 6
Brazil Substitutes
17 Edmílson, on 63rd min. for Mineiro 30 10 July 1976 D Barcelona FC, Spain 38 1
13 Maicon, on 65th min. for Daniel Alves 25 26 July 1981 D FC Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 16 0
21 Afonso Alves, on 72st min. for Kaká 26 30 January 1981 M SV Heerenveen, Netherlands 1 0
20 Diego, on 74th min. for Robinho 22 28 February 1985 M SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV, Germany 12 1

unused substitutes:

12-Doni, 14-Alex Silva, 15-Alex, 16-Marcelo, 18-Josué, 19-Elano, 22-Jô.
   

4-4-2

Helton -
Daniel Alves
(Maicon), Naldo, Juan, Gilberto -
Kak
á (Afonso Alves), Mineiro (Edmílson), Gilberto Silva, Ronaldinho -
Robinho
(Diego),
Vágner Love

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.7 Appearances/Goals 26.7 5.5

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

It is wonderful to be home again!  Wembley Stadium, after all the trials, tribulations, and controversy of the building of this Temple of Football, has finally been christened.  As the teams appeared from the tunnel the scene looked magnificent under the lights, and fittingly, the first visitors to the new venue was Brazil, the country of the carnival.  Everything was set for a good game and it was Steve McLaren's England team who almost celebrated the occasion with a win.

To add to the poignancy of the evening a magnificent tribute of a minute's applause for the late, lamented Alan Ball was particularly moving.

Brazil began the game well and settled quickly.  With the likes of Ronaldinho and Kaka showing all the typical flicks and clever passing of a Brazilian team, England's defenders had to be on their toes.  John Terry made some great interceptions and took on the dominant defensive role with relish.  But in the 19th minute there was a let-off for the home side as a linesman's flag ruled out Gilberto Silva's headed goal.  Replays later showed that England had been lucky and the linesman made an incorrect decision.  But England played solidly in the first-half and grew in stature as the game progressed.  There was an excellent performance from left-back Nicky Shorey, who did everything he had to do perfectly.  Steven Gerrard also showed some of his Liverpool form, although it must be said that the partnership with Frank Lampard again looked uncomfortable.  In attack David Beckham fired a free-kick just wide and Michael Owen made some good darting runs into space only for the passes not to come his way.

Much of the play was in the midfield and goal chances were at a premium in the first half with neither goalkeeper being tested.  Owen headed a Beckham cross just over as England began the second half in the ascendancy.  McLaren changed his tactics somewhat and he packed the midfield, which did confuse the Brazilians, and the arrival of substitutes Kieran Dyer and  Stewart Downing also livened England up.  In the 65th minute a spectacular 25 yard shot from Downing forced goalkeeper Helton to tip the ball over.  The increased pressure did pay off for England three minutes later though and it sent the home crowd wild with delight.  A free-kick to the far post taken by Beckham was headed in by the captain, John Terry.  For a while Brazil looked decidedly rattled.

After 77 minutes Beckham was substituted to huge applause, the former captain had made a good comeback for his manager, and it looked for all the world that England would hold on for their first win against Brazil for 17 years.  But you can never discount a side that contains so much goal power and right at the death Gilberto Silva's cross was headed in at full stretch by substitute Diego.  The fans were disappointed, but the 1-1 draw against a side as good as Brazil was full of positives for England and the match was a fitting opening to a new era at Wembley Stadium.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet
TheFA.com
Sambafoot.co.uk
Guardian.co.uk
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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