TEAMtalk's Famous Five: England v Brazil

TEAMtalk looks at five classic clashes between England and Brazil ahead of their friendly at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Last Updated: 06/02/13 at 07:50 Post Comment

Ronaldinho: Lobbed Seaman from 45 yards

Ronaldinho: Lobbed Seaman from 45 yards

Roy Hodgson's Three Lions meet Luiz Felipe Scolari's Samba boys in a friendly as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Here, TEAMtalk looks at five of the classic matches between the sides.

Brazil 0-0 England (World Cup Group Four, June 11, 1958):

Despite being deprived of Duncan Edwards and three of his fellow Munich air crash victims, and leaving out Stanley Matthews and Nat Lofthouse, England held the eventual World Cup winners to a goalless draw - the first in any World Cup finals contest - in Gothenburg with Bill Slater effectively shackling player of the tournament Didi. England drew all three of their Group Four matches before Anatoli Ilyin's goal for the Soviet Union saw them eliminated in a play-off.

Brazil 1-0 England (World Cup Group Three, June 7, 1970):

Two of English football's most abiding images stem from the same game in Guadalajara - goalkeeper Gordon Banks' strong hand to scoop Pele's powerful downward header around the goalframe at full stretch and Bobby Moore's last-ditch block tackle on Jairzinho. Their efforts proved in vain, though, as Jairzinho netted a well-worked winner and Jeff Astle fired England's best chance wide.

Brazil 0-2 England (Friendly, June 10, 1984):

This friendly in the Maracana was heading towards half-time with the scoreline blank until a young John Barnes received Mark Hateley's pass 30 yards out on the left wing, weaved through the entire home defence, and slotted in right-footed for one of his country's finest goals. Barnes turned provider for Hateley to head the second through the grasp of goalkeeper Roberto Costa.

England 1-3 Brazil (Umbro Cup, June 11, 1995):

England suffered a first home defeat in four years, and a first of any description under Terry Venables' management, despite full-back Graeme Le Saux's stunning volley giving them a first-half lead. Juninho's free-kick, Ronaldo's first international goal and Edmundo's strike earned the South American giants the spoils.

England 1-2 Brazil (World Cup Quarter-Final, June 21, 2002):

England's World Cup dreams were ended in Shizuoka, Japan, with David Seaman's error lingering in the memory. Michael Owen put England ahead after Emile Heskey's through-ball eluded Lucio, but Rivaldo equalised after a fine solo run by Ronaldinho. Ronaldinho's 45-yard curling free-kick flummoxed Seaman for what turned out to be the winner, with England unable to capitalise on the forward's subsequent harsh red card for a foul on Danny Mills.

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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