RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil will play Argentina
in two friendlies next month, one in each country, with teams
picked from the domestic leagues, the Brazilian Football
Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday.
The arch-rivals, who had a disappointing Copa America last
month when they were both eliminated in the quarter-finals, will
meet in Argentina first on September 14 with the return in the
Amazonian city of Belem two weeks later.
Brazil coach Mano Menezes said he would use the matches to
test players who had not been called up before, given the bulk
of his first-choice squad were playing in Europe.
"I'll be able to see players who have potential but who end
up being left out of other squad call-ups," Menezes said in
statement on the CBF website.
Brazil should be at full strength for their friendly against
Germany in Stuttgart on August 10, a FIFA date.
The Brazil friendlies will not, however, be new Argentina
coach Alejandro Sabella's first in charge following the sacking
of Copa America coach Sergio Batista.
Argentina will tour Asia with matches against Venezuela in
Calcutta on September 2 and Nigeria in Dhaka four days later. These
matches also fall on FIFA dates when Argentina's foreign-based
players should be available.
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