The Brazilians get things going against Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan in a game that will be the first competitive international fixture to make use of goal-line technology. The hosts have included the likes of Neymar, Oscar and Hulk, although the Premier League’s Rafael da Silva and Ramires have been left out, in addition to Kaka, Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato. They are seeking to win their third consecutive Confederations Cup, having triumphed last time out in South Africa and also in Germany in 2005.
Luis Felipe Scolari, who took over last December, has been tasked with igniting Brazil’s fortunes prior to their staging of the World Cup. He led the Sele