Brazil and Argentina will go head-to-head in a friendly match in Australia, on Saturday, 11 June 2022. These two South American top guns will play the superclasico at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The Copa America Champions Argentina met Brazil in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers match last September, in São Paulo. The match was called off after just 5 minutes as the Brazilian health authority interfered with the match. They claimed that some Argentina players had breached the Covid-19 protocols.
Argentina vs. Brazil match on June 11, in Australia will not be a rescheduled match of the World Cup qualifiers. It will be a friendly match between these two top ranked FIFA teams.
Both Argentina and Brazil have already qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar. Argentina have been drawn in Group C, with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. Brazil have been drawn in Group G, with Switzerland, Serbia, and Cameroon. You can check all the groups of the World Cup 2022 here. Hence, the abandoned qualifiers between Brazil and Argentina will not be rescheduled.
The Victorian government state tourism and sports minister Martin Pakula announces that the battle between Argentina and Brazil will be held at MCG on June 11. About 95,000 spectators are expected to witness this spectacular battle.
Here’s what he has to say:
“To have two of the most successful football teams in the world return to the MCG to continue their long standing rivalry reinforces our position as one of the world’s great sporting cities and Australia’s event capital.”
“Football is known as the world game and a match of this calibre will put millions of eyes on Melbourne and attract thousands of visitors to Victoria.”
“Certainly our expectation based on the discussions we’ve had, is that players like Messi and Neymar will be here.”
“We can’t be 100 per cent certain about that. But we’ve been told this is an important preparation match for them in the lead-up to the World Cup and we’d expect both teams to send very strong squads.”
Argentina and Brazil last met in a complete match in the Copa America Cup Final, where Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 by Di Maria’s only goal.
Before the superclasico between Brazil and Argentina on June 11, the South America Champions will meet the European Champions Italy on June 1, at Wembley, what is to be called the Finalissima 2022.