The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host one of football’s biggest clashes when Brazil and Argentina play a friendly match in June in preparation for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Brazil and Argentina will return to the MCG, having last faced each other at the venue in 2017 when Lionel Messi’s Argentina beat their South American rivals 1-0 in front of 95,569 fans.
A statement on the MCG’s homepage said on Wednesday that “football fans in Melbourne and across Australia will witness the amazing skills of footballing giants Brazil and Argentina live when the two teams will face off for the 2022 Superclasico at the MCG on June 11.”
Football fans prepare to witness the stunning skills of FIFA giants Brazil and Argentina live, when the two teams face off for the Superclasico 2022 at the MCG in June!
– Melbourne Cricket Ground (@MCG) April 20, 2022
Recalling the 2017 clash between the two footballing giants, MCG said fans were then treated to Philippe Coutinho, Paulo Dybala and Gabriel Jesus across the two South American powerhouses as the MCG recorded its most large crowd for a football match, eclipsing the Liverpool FC and Melbourne Victory friendly in 2013.
The Superclasico was created in 2011 as a two-match series between the two nations, but was changed in 2014 to a one-off match at a neutral venue with previous matches played to record crowds.
The international matches played in a World Cup year are key to preparing teams for qualification, and Superclasico organizers expect Brazil (1st in the FIFA World Rankings) and Argentina (4th in the FIFA World Ranking) field their best available teams.
“Having two of the world’s most successful football teams return to the MCG to continue their longstanding rivalry solidifies our position as one of the world’s great sporting cities and Australia’s events capital,” said the Minister of Tourism, Sports and Majors. Events, Martin Pakula, said Wednesday.
“We are delighted to welcome two footballing giants back to the MCG to dazzle football and sports fans in general in Melbourne and Australia, and in a World Cup year no less,” said the manager. general of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Stuart Fox.