Fans in Singapore are eagerly awaiting the upcoming Japan Vs Brazil match, which will feature some of the world’s leading football stars. This will be staged at the Singapore Sports Hub on 14 October.
Here are some reactions from Singaporean fans.
A treat for Singapore’s football-crazy fans
Said 24-year-old Hexi Lee, who is awaiting a place in university, “It’s really interesting to see two heavy weights representing two continents playing in Singapore. It’s definitely going to be a treat for Singapore’s football-crazy fans.”
Added Kua Khuan Tiong, a 32-year-old teacher, “It’s not very often that we get the chance to witness top players in action up close. It is an attractive proposition for fans who may not be able to travel overseas for games, for one reason or another.”
Some of Brazil’s best players will make the trip
Despite this game being a friendly, Brazil coach Dunga will certainly be bringing some of Brazil’s best players over. The team sheet comprises of top draws, such as the talented Neymar, who will captain the Selecao. Former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward, Robinho, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea stars Willian, Ramires and Oscar – will also be making their way to Singapore next month.
Said Esther Chong, a 28-year-old teacher, “It’s a rather decent team for a friendly more than halfway across the world. Barclays Premier League (BPL) fans would definitely want to watch the likes of Oscar playing, while everyone knows who Neymar is.”
Agreed Khuan Tiong, “It’s a very strong squad. Followers of the BPL must be rubbing their hands in glee when they see the players in the Brazil squad for the match. All of them are familiar faces, but the biggest draw for me personally, is most definitely Neymar.”
Would prefer to see other Brazilian players make the trip
However, other fans would have preferred to see other Brazilian superstars making the trip instead.
Said 26-year-old marketing assistant HongJie Ong, “It’s surprising not to see the likes of Julio Cesar and maybe Rafael coming here. But again, due to the long distance travel before flying back to Europe, that might have caused some issues with their respective club football.”
Would be great to meet Japan’s Kagawa in person
But most of all, HongJie hopes for Japan’s Shinji Kagawa to make the trip, though. He said, “He’s the next best thing for Asian football since Hidetoshi Nakata, I would feel. And being a United fan too, I would definitely love him to sign a Man U jersey as a memento.”
Added Hexi, “Kagawa is a great player with excellent attacking skills. It’s too bad he was severely underused at Old Trafford and was eventually sold back to BVB Dortmund.”
Would like to meet Brazil and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho
For Khuan Tiong, a staunch Liverpool fan, he would like to meet Philippe Coutinho.
He said, “I would love to have the chance to interview him one-on-one – to find out more about the other Liverpool players from him, how the training sessions are like and what are his likes and dislikes. A Facebook profile photo of me standing next to him wouldn’t be too bad as well!”
Brazil Squad for Japan Vs Brazil
Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)
Defenders: Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Danilo (Porto), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Dodo (Inter Milan), David Luiz, Marquinhos (both Paris St Germain), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Gil (Corinthians)
Midfielders: Fernandinho (Man City), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Ramires, Oscar, Willian (all Chelsea), Ricardo Goulart and Everton Ribeiro (both Cruzeiro)
Forwards: Diego Tardelli (Atletico-Mineiro), Neymar (Barcelona), Robinho (Santos)
Japan Squad for Japan V Brazil
The Japan squad has not been announced yet but it is likely that Shinji Kagawa will make the trip to Singapore.
Find out more details about the game and how to buy tickets here. They are selling fast.