Singapore set to Samba

Asian champions Japan will take on Brazil in a blockbuster encounter at the Singapore National Stadium on October 14, organisers announced today.

This comes hot on the heels of the first ever football game at Singapore's new Sports Hub development, with a Singapore Selection taking on Italian giants Juventus on August 16.

It will be an official full first National Team match for Japan and Brazil with a host of global superstars expected to be on show.

Both teams will also be helmed by new coaches, with Javier Aguirre and Dunga looking to usher in a fresh new era for their respective teams.

Brazil are five-time winners of the World Cup and while the dream of winning a sixth title on home soil was shattered by Germany in July, the “Selecao” provided many magical moments en route to the semi-final with Neymar, in particular, outstanding.

They will be determined to make up for that chastening experience with an eye on forging a side for the next tournament in 2018, while Japan are also likely to field a strong side as a key part of preparations for their Asian Cup defence in Australia next year.

This will not be Dunga's first visit to Singapore as Brazilian coach though, as he had previously brought their Olympic team down for a glamour friendly against a Singapore Selection back in 2008.

The clash between two of the most popular teams in the world game represents another coup for Singapore with the state-of-the-art Sports Hub complex – and the National Stadium at its heart - fast becoming the venue of choice for major sporting events in Asia.

“WSG is thrilled to be staging this blockbuster match between the five-time World Cup winners and the Asian champions – this will be another historic event for Singapore,” said Malcolm Thorpe, World Sport Group's Vice President of Sports Development & Events.

Gerard Wong, Director, Marketing & Communications of the Football Association of Singapore added: “We are happy to note that the World Sport Group has managed to bring Brazil and Japan to the National Stadium. This shows that Singapore is increasingly becoming an attractive venue for world-class sporting events.  We are sure football fans in Singapore will be thrilled at the prospect of watching one of the world’s best teams taking on Asia’s best in the flesh”.

“The Singapore Sports Hub is thrilled to host two of the biggest names in world football at the National Stadium come October. The announcement of this high-profile fixture goes a long way to fulfilling our promise to bring first-class action to Sports Hub,” said Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd.

“It is great to see growing interest in the Sports Hub venue from international sporting teams and personalities, and the Sports Hub looks forward to bringing Singaporeans closer to their favourite football stars from both Brazil and Japan.”

Match details, including ticketing information, will be announced at a later date.