Socceroos chief is relishing September’s clash with the World Cup hosts.
Australia coach Holger Osieck believes the friendly with World Cup hosts Brazil will be a learning experience for his players, Sportal report.
It was confirmed by Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Brazilian Football Confederation on Thursday that the Socceroos travel to Brasilia to face the five-time world champions at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha Stadium on September 7.
With less than 12-months to go before FIFA tournament gets underway Osieck views the match with the 2013 Confederations Cup winners as the best possible way for his players to find their feet in the South American country and its capital city.
“With less than 12 months to go to the World Cup this match is a great opportunity for us to get an impression of the environment we will face,” Osieck said in statement.
“Brazil is one of the top teams in the world and a great challenge for us as we prepare ourselves for the World Cup.
“This match will be a valuable learning experience for us both on and off the field.”
This will be the seventh time Australia have faced Brazil at senior men’s international level with the Green and Yellow emerging victorious from their last meeting, securing a 2-0 win in the group stage at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.