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England to play Brazil, Ireland in 2013 for FA's 150th anniversary

Published on Sep 13, 2012 7:47 AM
 

LONDON (AFP) - England will play friendlies against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland in 2013 as a way of launching the Football Association's 150th anniversary, the national governing body said on Wednesday.

Five-time World Cup winners Brazil will visit Wembley in February as part of a two-match arrangement that sees England heading to South America for a brief tour in June.

Prior to that trip, England will play the Republic of Ireland, also at Wembley, for the first time since their infamous fixture in 1995 was abandoned after a riot by England fans at Dublin's Lansdowne Road.

Brazil are always a big draw card and the Feb 6 clash is given added relevance by the fact the South Americans, beaten finalists in the recent men's Olympic football final in London, are staging the 2014 World Cup.

 
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