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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Patchy Brazil Sets for Visit To Moscow

RIO DE JANEIRO -- World champions and soccer purist's favorite Brazil come to Moscow Wednesday when they face Russia in a friendly match at Dinamo stadium. Although Brazil's coach Mario Zagallo admitted he had been forced to name a makeshift squad, there are still a host of star players to see.


Zagallo said he had stood by a policy of not picking more than one player from each team to avoid upsetting Brazilian clubs.


"We try not to upset the clubs, but as a result the national team ends up suffering instead and is still always expected to win," he said.


Unlike many countries, where the domestic program is suspended on the weekend before a major international match, Brazilian football carries on regardless.


The tour is seen as the first step towards forming the team the world champions will send to the 1998 World Cup in Franc