Brazil youngsters looking to impress in friendly

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BrazilThe latest venue in Brazil's schedule of friendly matches is the AFG Arena in Switzerland as they take on Bosnia & Herzegovina (8/1 to win the match).  The Brazilian FA have taken steps to ensure that their players are not flown huge distances to play in friendly matches ahead of the 2014 World Cup by holding the majority of matches in Europe, or leaving out foreign-based talent for the ones that are in South America.

After only being able to select foreign-based players for the friendlies with Gabon and Egypt, Mano Menezes had no restrictions this time around. However, Robinho, Kaka, Alexandre Pato and Maicon have all been snubbed by the coach. It gives a chance to the young stars like Neymar, Ganso and Lucas to show once again why they should be the core of the Brazil (1/3 to win the match) attack when the World Cup commences around in two years' time.

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Menezes side are in good form and are unbeaten in their last 6 games while their opponents have not won a game since they beat Luxembourg 5-0 last October. Bosnia & Herzegovina are currently positioned 19th in the FIFA world rankings, the highest in the nation's history. The last time these two teams met was in 1996, with (the real) Ronaldo smashing the winner for Brazil from a free-kick.

With the likes of Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic up front, there will always be a goal threat for Bosnia & Herzegovina but coach Safet Susic will more than likely focus his attention on shoring up the defence that conceded six goals in their last game against Portugal.

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