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Saturday, 14 November 2009
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Brazil 1 England 0 [0-0]

Khalifa International Stadium, ad-Dawḥa, Qatar
Attendance: 50,000; Kick-off: 8:00pm AST, 5:00pm GMT;
Live on ITV One (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Brazil - Nilmar (twelve-yard header 47 46:17).
Brazil - Luís Fabiano (missed penalty over bar 56 55:35).
Match Summary
Brazil Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Ben Foster (55 54:58)

England kicked-off. 96 minutes (47 & 49:09).


Match Summary

Officials from Qatar




Referee (red) - Abdulrahman Abdou
37 (1 October 1972), FIFA-listed 2005.

Assistant Referees - Waleed Al Mannai, 39 (1 January 1970) and Mohammed Dharman, 27 (23 August 1982).

Fourth official - Abdullah Al Baloushi.

A minutes silence was observed for the German goalkeeper, Robert Enke, who had taken his own life earlier this week.

15 Goal Attempts 6
4 Attempts on Target 1
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
4 Corner Kicks Won 6
2 Offside Calls Against 2
12 Fouls Conceded 12
58.9% Possession 41.1%

Brazil Team



FIFA (16th October 2009) 1st
EFO ranking Group 1 (1st)

ELO rating 1st
Colours: Made by Nike - Yellow v-neck jerseys with green collar/cuffs/hem/loer body trim, blue shorts with white trim, blue socks with yellow trim.
Capt: Lúcio Manager: Dunga Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, 46 (31 October 1963), appointed 24 July 2006.
Brazil Lineup
1 Espíndola, Júlio César S. 30 3 September 1979 G FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 45 0
2 Sisenando, Maicon D. 28 26 July 1981 RB FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 67 6
3 Lúcio 31 8 May 1978 CD FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 91 5
4 Emiliano da Silva, Thiego 25 22 September 1984 CD AC Milan, Italy 9 0
5 de Carvalho, Felipe Melo 26 26 June 1983 M Juventus FC, Italy 14 2
6 Bastos, Michel F. 26 2 August 1983 LB Olympique Lyonnais, France 1 0
7 Blumer, Elano, off 64th min. 28 14 June 1981 M Galatasaray SK, Turkey 48 6
8 da Silva, Gilberto A. 33 7 October 1976 M PanAthínaikos AO, Greece 89 4
9 Clemente, Luís Fabiano, off 67th min.
missed penalty (56)
29 11 August 1980 F Sevilla FC, Spain 36 25
10 Kaká, off 82nd min. 27 22 April 1982 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 83 32
11 da Silva Nilmar, H., off 82nd min. 25 17 July 1984 F Villarreal CF, Spain 16 7
Brazil Substitutes
scoreline: Brazil 1 England 0
13 da Silva, Daniel Alves, on 64th min. for Elano 26 6 May 1983 D FC Barcelona, Spain 32 3
21 Hulk, on 67th min. for Luís Fabiano 23 25 July 1986 F FC Porto, Portugal 1 0
19 Baptista, Julio C., on 82nd min. for Kaká 28 1 October 1981 M AS Roma, Italy 51 12
20 Marques, Carlos Eduardo, on 82nd min. for Nilmar 22 18 July 1987 M TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany 1 0
result: Brazil 1 England 0
unused substitutes: 12-Doni, 14-Cris, 15-Josué, 16-Lucas, 17-Fábio Simplício, 18-Alex.
Coach Dunga played for Brazil against England in May 1987 (substitute), March 1990, June 1993, June 1995 and June 1997.
4-4-2 Júlio César -
Maicon, Lúcio, Thiago Silva, Michel Bastos -
Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva, Elano
(Daniel Alves), Kaká -
Nilmar, Luís Fabiano

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.5 Appearances/Goals 45.4 7.9


England Team



FIFA (16th October 2009) 7th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2009 home uniform - Plain white collared jerseys, plain white shorts, plain white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney
first, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0 - A 1.
Manager: Fabio Capello, 63 (18 June 1946), appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
21st match, W 15 - D 2 - L 4 - F 53 - A 17.
England Lineup
1 Foster, Ben A. 26 3 April 1983 G Manchester United FC 4 2ᵍᵃ
Foster cautioned in the 55th min. for unsporting behaviour for a foul on Nilmar. The Brazilian tapped the ball past Foster and then ran into the diving goalkeeper before tumbling. Penalty.
2 Brown, Wesley M. 30 13 October 1979 RB Manchester United FC 22 1
3 Bridge, Wayne M. 29 5 August 1980 LB Manchester City FC 36 1
4 Barry, Gareth, off 82nd min. 28 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 35 2
5 Upson, Matthew J. 30 18 April 1979 CD West Ham United FC 18 1
6 Lescott, Joleon P. 27 16 August 1982 CD Manchester City FC 9 0
7 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 82nd min. 28 25 October 1981 M Manchester City FC 29 5
8 Jenas, Jermaine A. 26 18 February 1983 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 21 1
9 Bent, Darren A., off 54th min. 25 6 February 1984 F Sunderland AFC 5 0
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 24
22 days
24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 57 25
11 Milner, James P. 23 4 January 1986 M Aston Villa FC 6 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Brazil 1 England 0
17 Defoe, Jermain C., on 54th min. for Bent 27 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 11
16 Crouch, Peter J., on 82nd min. for Wright-Phillips 28 30 January 1981 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 36 18
15 Huddlestone, Thomas A., 82nd min. for Barry 22 28 December 1986 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
18 Young, Ashley S., on 87th min. for Milner 24 9 July 1985 M Aston Villa FC 7 0
result: Brazil 1 England 0
unused substitutes: 12-Rob Green, 13-Gary Cahill, 14-Stephen Warnock, 21-Joe Hart.
substitute notes: Jermain Defoe comes on as a substitute for a record 26th occasion.
Coach Fabio Capello played for Italy against England in June (scoring one) and November 1973 (scoring another), and in May and November 1976. He played against Brazil in June 1973 and May 1976.
4-4-2 Foster -
Brown, Upson, Lescott, Bridge -
(Crouch), Jenas, Barry (Huddlestone), Milner (Young) -
Rooney, Bent

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 22.0 3.2


    Match Report by Mike Payne

This was the 23rd international match between these two sides and it had to go down as probably the worst one ever as England's injury ravaged side struggled to contain an equally inept Brazil team.  The South Americans are a pale shadow of some of their illustrious predecessors and the fact they only beat a woeful England by a single goal says it all really.

The first half was a non-event as Brazil were content to keep possession and play in little triangles amongst their midfield players.  England meanwhile had neither the skill nor the inclination to take the game by the scruff of the neck and whatever Manager Fabio Capello might have gained from this exercise will probably be kept secret.  The only move of note in the first half involved Kaka's superb touch that gave Bastos a chance that he just put the wrong side of Ben Foster's far post.  Shaun Wright-Phillips did make one early run but his cross was too far for first time captain Wayne Rooney to reach.

Brazil showed their pace on occasions but the England defence, marshalled well by Matthew Upson, held their opponents with relative ease.  Foster did not have a save of note to make and at the other end England failed to hit any shots on target.  One had to feel sorry for the diehard England fans that had paid a King's Ransom to make the trip.  They had nothing to cheer at all as England, minus the likes of Gerrard, Cole, Lampard, Johnson, Ferdinand and, Terry and Carrick, who both cried off on the day, showed no attacking threat.  As a warm-up match for the World Cup next year it was an unmitigated disaster!

Immediately after the break things deteriorated even further for England as Brazil took the lead on 47 minutes.  Elano was given far too much room in midfield and, unchallenged, he was able to casually lob a pass forward that dropped between Wes Brown and Upson.  Up popped Nilmar to send a looping header up and over Foster and into the net.  Capello would have been most annoyed at this lapse in concentration so soon after the restart, especially as concentration at the back had been good during the first 45 minutes.  Nine minutes later Brazil should have made it 2-0 when a dreadful attempted pass back with his chest by Brown sold Foster woefully short.  The keeper tried to dive at the speedy Nilmar's feet but only succeeded in bringing the forward down for an obvious penalty.  What was not so obvious was the referee's yellow card as it really should have been a red for the fortunate goalkeeper.  To compound a crazy few minutes Luis Fabiano leaned back almost horizontally when taking the spot kick and blazed wildly over the bar.

Sadly, one sensed that England would not benefit from this let off because of their own failings on the night.  They neither looked capable nor interested enough to make a comeback with James Milner's volley being their only decent effort of the match.  In fact Milner was one of the few England players who enhanced his reputation on a night where World Cup places were there for the taking.  On this evidence all those missing stars will not worry too much about their tickets for South Africa.

The nearest either side came to scoring in the final 15 minutes came when defender Lucio strode forward for Brazil, unchallenged again, to hit a swerving shot that cannoned back off of Foster's left hand post.  In the end only Milner, Foster, Barry, Lescott, Upson and Rooney came out of the match with any credit.  It was a very disappointing performance from England.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Various Media
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor