Boro will welcome England's Lionesses to the Riverside for the first time when they play a friendly match against Brazil on Saturday October 5 (kick-off 12.45pm).
The fixture will be the Lionesses’ first home match since reaching the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in the summer, and Brazil will provide another stern test for England's women ahead the visit of Germany to these shores in November.
England head coach Phil Neville said: “It is great to be able to have secured this fixture against such opposition. I know a lot of work has gone into making it happen.
“Brazil will provide a different test to the other games we have lined up over the coming months, and it is always a special occasion when our two countries meet. I am also delighted that we will be playing in the north-east, a real footballing hotbed that has produced so many of our players over the years.”
The Riverside is accustomed to welcoming Brazilian flair with Boro having been home to the men’s international stars such as Juninho and Emerson in the 1990s, Fabio Rochemback and Doriva the following decade, and more recently Fabio da Silva.
The Great Britain men's football team played Brazil in Middlesbrough in July 2012 in their only warm-up match for the London Olympics, while Team GB women hosted Sweden beforehand as part of a double-header at the Riverside.
Boro’s stadium has also hosted an England men’s senior side, including now-manager Gareth Southgate, against Slovakia back in 2003, as well as Under-21 matches against Germany (March 2015) and Scotland (October 2017).
It will be the third head-to-head between England’s women and Brazil in the last year, with Beth Mead’s winner giving the Lionesses a 2-1 success at the SheBelieves Cup in Philadelphia in February after Fran Kirby had struck the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Notts County the previous October.
While the fixture will help Neville in his early preparations for UEFA EURO 2021 on home soil, the match will also provide vital experience for Team GB planning. Brazil have also qualified for next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and will be fancied to challenge for the medal positions after their success in the last Copa América Femenina.
The clash with Brazil comes on the back of two away fixtures for England’s Lionesses. Belgium held England to a 3-3 draw at the Den Dreef Stadium in Leuven last week, and this evening Phil Neville’s squad took on World Cup quarter final opponents Norway in Bergen.
Tickets for England v Brazil are available for sale online now, via the FA or tickets.mfc.co.uk. Counter tickets and telephone sales (01642 929421) will be available from 9am tomorrow morning (Wednesday September 4) via Boro's Ticket Office.
Tickets are available for an advanced rate of £7.50 for adults for the first two weeks of sale, until Wednesday September 18. Standard adult tickets are priced at £10, with concessions (Over-65s and Under-16s) just £1.
Boro Season Card holders are entitled to the advanced rate price until Friday October 4.
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