The year 2018 will be over by two months, the five times World champion Brazil are all set to play friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon as part of their preparation for the 42nd edition of Copa America tournament which will take place in June 2019.
Brazil : The Green and Yellow will be playing in their 9th friendlies this year. As the team exited from the 2018 FIFA WC in quarters they are determined to win the 2019 Copa America in their home. Brazil did not shine in Copa America tournament too recently as it has been 11 years since they won it. The Head Coach Tité introduced nine new players since the World Cup (Neto, Felipe, Eder Militao, Andreas Pereira, Arthur, Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison, Everton and Pablo) to finalise the squad for 2019 Copa America. After 2018 FIFA WC, Brazil had played 4 friendlies against USA, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and have won all the four. Tite expressed this as first phase of a new cycle ahead of Qatar 2022, as the five-time world champions are looking to build a team ready to claim Copa America 2019 on home soil.
Uruguay : After the quarter final exit of Uruguay in 2018 FIFA WC, the team had played 3 friendlies against Mexico, South Korea and Japan but won only against with Mexico. The record 15 times Copa America champions will need to shape them well for the upcoming Copa America tournament. In the last two tournaments(2015, 2016), they were eliminated in Knockout stage and Group stage respectively. This is the 14th year for Oscar Tabarez as Head Coach of Uruguay, the highlights under his guidance was only a Copa America trophy in 2011.
Cameroon : Like Brazil and Uruguay getting ahead for the 2019 Copa America, Cameroon are also busy in the preparation ahead of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The defending Champions are in the mindset to retain the trophy as the tournament takes place in Cameroon. From March to October Cameroon had played 5 friendlies in which they had won against Kuwait and Malawi, lost against Burkia Faso and a stalemate with Malawi. This will be the real test for Cameroon gaffer Clarence Seedorf who had taken charge of the team in August and had not impressed since.
○ 16th November 2018- Brazil VS Uruguay
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.
Time: 20:00 UTC (10:30 PM IST).
○ 20th November 2018- Brazil VS Cameroon
Venue: Stadium MK, Milton Kaynes