FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup champion Brazil will meet Portugal, the world’s sixth-ranked team, in an international friendly at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.
The match, which will be played during an official FIFA competition window, will feature the teams’ top squads, including two of the top three players in the world: Brazil’s Neymar and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo
Other top Brazilian players from the team that won the Confederations Cup on Sunday – the preparation tournament for the 2014 FIFA World Cup – include Fred, Hulk, Thiago Silva and David Luiz.
Portugal’s call-ups for its recent World Cup qualifiers include Nani, Hélder Postiga, Pepe and Bruno Alves.
Tickets for this match start at $50 and will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 19, through Ticketmaster outlets and the Gillette Stadium box office by calling 1-877-GET-REVS.
Revolution season ticket holders and multi-game package holders will have access to a series of private pre-sales that begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9.
“We’re very excited to be able to present this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fans in our region who care so deeply about these two legendary national teams,” Revolution president Brian Bilello said. “Being able to host this match during an official FIFA window, and therefore attracting the top squads from both countries – and some of the world’s top players – means this will be a truly memorable event for everyone in attendance.”
On September 10, the Gillette Stadium gates will open at 6:30 p.m., after parking lots will open at 4:30 p.m. Gillette Stadium parking charges will apply for all fans.
Brazil defeated the defending World Cup and European champion Spain, 3-0, Sunday in the FIFA Confederations Cup, the preparation tournament for the 2014 World Cup. As the host nation of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil does not have to go through qualifying for the tournament.
“We are thrilled to return to Gillette Stadium and the greater Boston area,” Brazil Federation President Jose Maria Marin said. “The opportunity to play against a world-class opponent in Portugal is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to once again playing in front of our passionate fans living in the Boston area.”
“It is always a thrill to come to the United States and I am very happy to play against Portugal in Boston at Gillette Stadium on September 10,” Brazil forward Neymar said. “The Boston-area has a very large Brazilian population and I invite all of our fans in the United States to come out and enjoy the match.”
Portugal currently sits atop its European qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup with three fixture dates left. Before coming to Foxborough, Portugal will face Northern Ireland in Belfast on Friday, Sept. 6.