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Friday, 1 June 2007
A Nationwide International Friendly and Stadium Inuguration Match

England 1 Brazil 1 [0-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater 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
Match Summary
England Squad
Brazil Squad
Results 2005-2010 no yellow or red cards

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


Match Summary





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 Inacio Lula da Silva, including Brazilian FA representatives as well as those from The FA. 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



FIFA (16th May 2007) 8th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2007 home uniform - White v-neck jersey with red horizontal stripe/navy double diamond trim and abstract side panel, navy shorts with white pintrim/double diamond, white socks with navy thin band/double diamond.
Capt: John Terry, ninth captaincy, Steven Gerrard after 73 min. Manager: Stephen McClaren, 46 (3 May 1961), 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 CM 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 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 95 17
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 86th min. 28 20 June 1978 CM

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 LM 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 -
(Jenas), Gerrard, Lampard (Carrick), Cole (Downing) -
(Crouch), Smith (Dyer).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.2 Appearances/Goals 42.5 8.0


Brazil Team



FIFA (16th May 2007) 2nd
EFO ranking

ELO rating 1st
Colours: Made by Nike - Yellow nehru collared jerseys with green collar/cuffs, pale blue shorts with white side strim, pale blue socks with white pinhoop;
Capt: Gilberto Silva Manager: Dunga Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, 43 (31 October 1963), appointed 24 July 2006.
7th match, W 5 - D 1 - L 1 - 12 - A 5.
Brazil Lineup
1 da Silva Arruda, Helton 29 18 May 1978 G FC Porto, Portugal 4 4 GA
2 da Silva, 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 dos Santos, Juan S. 28 1 February 1979 CD Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 51 3
5 Mineiro, off 63rd min. 31 2 August 1975 CM Hertha Berliner SC, Germany 7 0
6 da Silva Melo, Gilberto 31 25 April 1976 LB Hertha Berliner SC, Germany 16 1
7 Ronaldinho 27 21 March 1980 LM Barcelona FC, Spain 74 30
8 da Silva, Gilberto A. 30 7 October 1976 CM 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 RM AC Milan, Italy 47 16
11 Robinho, off 74th min. 23 25 January 1984 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 31 6
Brazil Substitutes
17 Gomes Moraes, Edmílson J., on 63rd min. for Mineiro 30 10 July 1976 D Barcelona FC, Spain 38 1
13 Sisenando, Maicon D., on 65th min. for Daniel Alves 25 26 July 1981 D FC Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 16 0
21 Martins Junior, Afonso Alves, on 72st min. for Kaká 26 30 January 1981 M SV Heerenveen, Netherlands 1 0
20 da Cunha, Diego R., 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.

team notes:

Coach Dunga played for Brazil against England in May 1987 (substitute), March 1990, June 1993, June 1995 and June 1997.


Helton -
Daniel Alves
(Maicon), Naldo, Juan, Gilberto -
á (Afonso Alves), Mineiro (Edmílson), Gilberto Silva, Ronaldinho -
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 Kieron 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
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor