Arch-rivals Argentina and Brazil-friendly match in June

http://cdn.livesoccertv.com/images/articles/4968-bra-arg.jpgThe Argentine Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that South American heavyweights Argentina and Brazil will lock horns in a high-profile friendly match in the United States on June 9.

Widely regarded as the biggest international derby in the world, the one-off match will be staged at a fitting venue: the impressive $1.6 billion 83,000-capacity MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

The match will serve both sides as preparation for the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Brazil. While Brazil have already qualified for the tournament as being the hosts, Argentina will have to fight it out during the South American World Cup qualifiers for a berth in the finals.

The rivals met twice in the space of two weeks in 2011. On September 14 they played out a goalless stalemate in Cordoba and on September 28 Brazil claimed a 2-0 victory in Belem. Brazil’s goals were converted by Lucas and Neymar.

To add further spice to the encounter, once again both Neymar and Lionel Messi will be up against each other. For now Messi has the upper-hand over the youngster, after scoring a late winner as Argentina edged Brazil 1-0 in Doha in 2010. He also scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Neymar’s Santos 4-0 in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup last December.

In 92 encounters between Argentina and Brazil everything stands even, as both have won 34 matches each, with 24 draws. To further break down the derby, Argentina have scored five more goals than Brazil, with 144 compared to 139.

The AFA also confirmed that Argentina will clash with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on November 14. The last time the sides met was back in 1992, with Argentina picking up a 3-1 win.

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