If you’re keen to get a little fix of the Matildas to tide you over before the Olympics kick off, then we have some very good news for you.
Australia will play an warm up match against 8th ranked Brazil on 23 July in Fortaleza.
With the Matildas holding steady at 5th place on the FIFA world rankings, it’s a dynamite match up and the ideal preparation for the squad.
The Matildas are vying to become the first Australian team to win an Olympic football medal, with the game against Brazil a providing a litmus test of where they’re at, while giving them a first hand feel of the conditions they’ll face in Rio.
Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic is rightfully happy to be given the chance to play a high ranked team just over a week out from the beginning of the Games.
The team will open their tournament against Canada on August 3.
“That’s one of the reasons we’re preparing in Brazil, not only to acclimatise and train over there but also for opportunities like this. I’m really happy we’ve been able to lock this match in and it’s a really important part of our preparations,” he said.
Remember the last time Australia played Brazil? It should bring back some warm fuzzy feelings, because the Matildas recorded one of their most famous victories - a 1-0 win in the Round of 16 at the World Cup.
Brings a smile to your face just thinking about it, doesn’t it?
The Matildas’ final 18-player squad for the Rio Games is set to be announced on Monday 4 July.
- Brazil v Matildas
- Saturday 23 July
- Kick-Off 4pm local time (5am AEST Sunday 24 July)