RIO DE JANEIRO, May 4 (Reuters) – Brazil will play friendly matches against Japan, South Korea and Argentina as part of its preparation for the World Cup in Qatar, which starts in November, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday.
According to the entity that commands Brazilian soccer, the three duels will take place outside of Brazil.
The first friendly will be against South Korea in Seoul on June 2. Four days later, the team led by coach Tite will face Japan in Tokyo. The June friendly series will end on the 11th, against Argentina, in Melbourne, Australia.
Brazil and South Korea last played in November 2019, in Abu Dhabi, with a 3-0 South American victory. The last duel against Japan took place in 2017, in Lille, France, and Brazil also won, this time 3-1.
The match against Argentina in Australia will not be valid for the World Cup qualifiers.
The match against the “albiceleste” for the South American qualifiers that was suspended last year after the intervention of agents of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), in Sao Paulo, was rescheduled for September.
Also in that month, the five-time world champions will have to play another preparatory friendly for the World Cup, this time against Mexico.
Brazil will debut at the World Cup in Qatar on November 24 against Serbia. Switzerland and Cameroon complete group G in the first phase of the tournament.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; edited in Spanish by Manuel Farías)