SCOTLAND TO PLAY BRAZIL AT EMIRATES

The Scottish Football Association has confirmed Scotland will play Brazil in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on 27 March.

The last time the two national sides met was in France at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Scotland’s last appearance at a major tournament. The match is expected to draw a big crowd to the Emirates Stadium like other previous international games.

Scotland boss Craig Levein told FIFA.com: "This game will not only capture the imagination of the Scotland support but also the squad, who will relish the prospect of testing their skills against one of the finest international teams in world football.

"I believe the recent performances - and not simply the results - against the Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland have given the whole country a lot of encouragement for the second half of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualification campaign and beyond."

The 60,000-seater stadium has played host to a number of high profile matches since it opened in 2006, costing £390miliion. It will be Scotland's first appearance in London since the 1-0 victory over England at Wembley in the Euro 2000 qualification play-off in 1999.

"The players have a confidence in the way forward and while I believe the most important aspect of the forthcoming international break is to further cultivate a club Scotland culture within the squad, the opportunity to play Brazil was irresistible," Levein added.

Posted on 15/02/2011