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Friday, 20 July 2012
Pre-London 2012 Olympic Games Friendly Match

Team GB 0 Brazil 2 [0-2]

Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough - Attendance: 24,721
7.45pm BST
Live on BBC One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Jonathan Pearce

Brazil - Sandro (12 11:38), Neymar (34 penalty 34:27) Match Summary
Team GB Squad

Brazil Squad
Great Britain Olympic Results England - Micah Richards (34 33:18)

Brazil kicked-off. 94:21 minutes (46:14 & 48:07).


Match Summary


Officials from France

Team GB


Referee (sky blue) - Clement Turpin

Assistant Referees - Eric Dansault and Fredji Harchay

Fourth official - David Webb, England

Match was part of a double header - with the Womens Team GB Team entertaining the Swedish Women Olympic Team.

Notes: Ages in italics are the specified overage players. Three allowed in an 18-man squad of under-23's

x Goal Attempts x
x Attempts on Target x
x Hit Bar/Post x
x Corner Kicks Won x
x Offside Calls Against x
x Fouls Conceded x
x Possession x

Team GB Team



n/a Colours: Made by Adidas - Navy blue shirts with pale blue Union Jack motive and red collar, navy blue shorts, navy blue socks with red tops.
Capt: Ryan Giggs, 1st captaincy Coach: Stuart Pearce MBE, 50 (24 April 1962), appointed TeamGB coach on 20 October 2011,
1st match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0 - A 2.
Team GB Lineup
18 Steele, Jason S., off 46th min. 21 18 August 1990 G Middlesbrough FC 1 2 GA
2 Taylor, Neil J. 23 7 February 1989 LB Swansea City FC 1 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D., off 46th min. 22 5 August 1989 RB Chelsea FC 1 0
4 Rose, Daniel L. 22 2 July 1990 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
12 Tomkins, James O.C., off 46th min. 23 29 March 1989 CD West Ham United FC 1 0
14 Richards, Micah L., off 74th min. 24 24 June 1988 CD Manchester United FC 1 0
Richards cautioned in the 34th minute for a foul, for tripping Hulk as he ran into the six yard box. Penalty.
7 Cleverley, Thomas W. 22 12 August 1989 RM Manchester United FC 1 0
8 Allen, Joseph M. 22 14 March 1990 M Swansea City FC 1 0
9 Sturridge, Daniel A., off 46th min. 22 1 September 1989 F Chelsea FC 1 0
10 Bellamy, Craig D., off 64th min. 33 13 July 1979 F Liverpool FC 1 0
11 Giggs, Ryan J., off 64th min. 38 29 November 1973 LM Manchester United FC 1 0
Team GB Substitutes
1 Butland, Jack, on 46th min. for Steele 19 10 March 1993 GK Birmingham City FC 1 0 GA
16 Sinclair, Scott A., on 46th min. for Sturridge 23 25 March 1989 M Swansea City FC 1 0
5 Caulker, Steven R., on 46th min. for Bertrand 20 29 December 1991 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
13 Cork, Jack F.P., on 46th min. for Bertrand 23 25 June 1989 M Southampton FC 1 0
15 Ramsey, Aaron J., on 64th min for Giggs (63:06) 21 26 December 1990 M Arsenal FC 1 0
17 Sordell, Marvin A., on 64th min. for Bellamy (63:20) 21 17 February 1991 F Bolton Wanderers FC 1 0
6 Dawson, Craig, on 74th min. for Richards (73:53) 22 6 May 1990 D West Bromwich Albion FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

4-3-3 Steele (Butland) -
(Cork), Richards (Dawson), Tomkins (Caulker), Taylor -
Cleverley, Allen, Giggs
(Ramsey) -
(Sordell), Sturridge (Sinclair), Rose

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.7 Appearances/Goals 1 0


Brazil Team



n/a Colours: Made by Nike - Yellow shirts with broad green cuffs, blue shorts with broad white trim, white socks.
Capt: Thiago Silva Coach: Luiz Antonio Venker de Menezes, 50 (11 June 1962), appointed coach July 24 2010
Brazil Lineup
1 Rafael Cabral 22 20 May 1990 G Santos FC    
2 Rafael 22 9 July 1990 RB Manchester United FC, England    
3 Thiago Silva 27 22 September 1984 CD Paris Saint Germain FC, France    
4 Juan Jesus 21 10 June 1991 CD FC Internazionale Milano, Italy    
5 Sandro 23 15 March 1989 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC, England    
6 Marcelo 24 12 May 1988 LB Real Madrid CF, Spain    
12 Hulk 25 25 July 1986 F FC Porto, Portugal    
8 Rmulo 21 19 September 1990 RM CR Vasco de Gama    
9 Leandro Damio 22 22 July 1989 CF SC Internacional    
10 Oscar 20 9 September 1991 M SC Internacional    
11 Neymar 20 5 February 1992 F Santos FC    
Brazil Substitutes
7 Lucas, on 68th min. for Oscar (67:49) 19 13 August 1992 F So Paulo FC    
16 Ganso, on 69th min. for Hulk (68:23) 22 12 October 1989 M Santos FC    
17 Alexandre Pato, on 74th min. for Leandro Damiao (73:20) 22 2 September 1989 F AC Milan, Italy    
15 Alex Sandro, on 80th min. for Marcelo (79:13) 21 26 January 1991 D FC Porto, Portugal    
14 Danilo, on 85th min. for Sandro (84:29) 21 15 July 1991 D FC Porto, Portugal    

unused substitutes:

13-Bruno Uvini,18-Neto.
4-3-3 Cabral -
Rafael, Silva, Juan, Marcelo
(Alex Sandro) -
Romulo, Oscar
(Lucas), Sandro (Danilo) -
(Ganso), Damiao (Alexandre Pato), Neymar

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 22.3 Appearances/Goals    


    Match Report

Team GB were outclassed by Brazil in their first and only serious outing before they start their Olympic campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday. Stuart Pearce's team were given an indication of the huge task facing them if they are to win a medal at the Games as Brazil, one of the pre-tournament favourites, cruised to victory at the Riverside Stadium.

It was always going to be a difficult task for Pearce's side against a hugely talented team not only determined to win their first Olympic football gold but also looking to build towards the World Cup they host in 2014. Tottenham midfielder Sandro headed his team in front with just 12 minutes gone after a free-kick was allowed to reach him at the far post and Neymar doubled the advantage from the penalty spot before the break.

All of Brazil's Olympic 18-man squad have played for the senior side whereas only seven of the Team GB squad have played for either England or Wales at full international level. Mano Menezes's side were certainly worthy of their lead at half-time and looked like a team keeping plenty in reserve, although their opponents certainly improved as the match wore on.

Brazil took an early grip on the contest and at times mesmerised their bewildered opponents with a well-honed willingness to pass and move, constantly seeking space to exploit. Oscar, reportedly heading to Chelsea, was particularly superb in this respect, with a gift for finding space both to receive possession and pick out a team-mate.

In contrast, and understandably, there were times when Team GB looked like a group of strangers, particularly in defence. The central defensive pairing of James Tomkins and Micah Richards - changed at the break when Steven Caulker replaced Tomkins - allowed Leandro Damiao to flick a goal-kick on to Neymar just minutes into the contest. The striker was clean through but smashed his shot wide.

Neymar showed the theatrical side of his game when he went down on the edge of the GB area just before the half-hour mark and stayed there for an extended period, much to the consternation of the crowd, who sprung into life by booing him and then subjecting him to a slow hand clap. Before that the atmosphere inside the ground had been very flat, almost as though nobody quite knew what to chant.

The 20-year-old Santos forward was unfazed and shortly afterwards showed great composure in slotting his penalty into the bottom corner after Richards had lost track of Hulk and fouled the Porto forward from behind. Team GB made changes at the break, with goalkeeper Jack Butland the busiest of the new arrivals, first denying Oscar and then Damiao.

The home team did briefly threaten when Danny Rose drilled a low cross that Craig Bellamy, booed throughout by the Boro crowd as a consequence of his former association with Newcastle, stabbed goalwards, only to be ruled offside. And there were certainly more encouraging signs for Team GB after the break as they slowly grew into the contest, which is their first serious outing following a behind-closed-doors match against Mexico last weekend.

But the cutting edge continued to belong to Brazil, who open their Olympic campaign against Egypt in Cardiff, and Neymar drew a brilliant one-handed save from the excellent Butland, who also smothered an attempt from Lucas and palmed over an effort from Alexandre Pato. By the end there had been 12 substitutions and the tempo had dropped considerably, but Team GB will need to step it up quickly if they are to qualify from a group that includes Uruguay and United Arab Emirates in addition to Senegal.

Source Notes

BBC Sport