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28.02. (Tue) 20:00 Bosnia and H. - Brazil

Egypt- Brazil
Egypt- Brazil



Spahic, Jahic, Papac
Salihovic, Pjanic, Rahimic, Misimovic, Lulic
Dzeko, Ibisevic


Julio Cesar
Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo
Fernandinho, Sandro
Lucas Moura, Ganso, Neymar

Bosnia & Herzegovina coach Safet Susic has hinted the he may field two strikers in the form of Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, meaning a defender could be compromised in order to accommodate what is a talented midfield.

Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Mehmed Alispahic is likely to be given a run-out as the trainer looks to make minimal alterations to his core squad.

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.

Danilo had to withdraw through injury and his former team-mate at Santos, Rafael, is doubtful after picking up a knock. Jonas and Hernanes are in with a strong chance to start, following their impressive performances against Gabon and Egypt in the Selecao's previous outing.


  • Bosnia & Herzegovina were defeated by Portugal at the play-off stage of qualifying for both World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
  • The Balkan side have not won a game since their 5-0 triumph over Luxembourg in October 2011.
  • Susic's team are currently positioned 19th in the FIFA rankings, the highest in the nation's history.
  • Brazil ended as winners the last time these two nations met in 1996. A 20-year-old Ronaldo scored the only goal of the game with a superb free kick.
  • Menezes' men are unbeaten in seven matches. Their last defeat was inflicted by Germany, who defeated the Selecao 3-2.
  • Ronaldinho could become the joint-seventh most capped Brazilian player alongside Gilmar on 94 caps, should he make an appearance. A goal would see him move to joint-sixth top scorer alongside Rivaldo on 34 goals.
This is going to be a very difficult game for the five-time World Cup winners. Bosnia & Herzegovina have a very strong midfield and attack, but have frailties in defence. With options such as Neymar, Ganso, Ronaldinho and Leandro Damiao, however, you cannot help but think the Selecao will exploit such weaknesses. That said, Bosnia have two imposing strikers in Vedad Ibisevic and Edin Dzeko, who will be difficult to take out of the game, but Mano Menezes' team should be able to secure the victory
Editor's Prediction
Bosnia 1-2 Brazil