Football: Poor crowds at Brazil friendlies will not hurt Singapore's image as events host, say analysts

The higher tiers of the 55,000-capacity National Stadium were empty for last Sunday's Brazil v Nigeria friendly game (above) and also last Thursday's Brazil v Senegal match. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
The higher tiers of the 55,000-capacity National Stadium were empty for last Sunday's Brazil v Nigeria friendly game (above) and also last Thursday's Brazil v Senegal match. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Brazil friendlies a letdown but analysts say Singapore is still a top-class sporting venue

Brazil came to Singapore with stars in tow and samba on their toes but only 41,006 bothered to turn up at the National Stadium to see them last week.

The total crowd across both 1-1 draws - against Senegal last Thursday and Nigeria last Sunday - paled in comparison to the 51,577 who turned up at the same venue to see Brazil beat Japan 4-0 in 2014.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2019, with the headline 'Poor crowds won't hurt image'. Print Edition | Subscribe