Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Argentina To Face Brazil In Soccer Match at MetLife Stadium

Argentina's national soccer team will play an exhibition game against Brazil at MetLife Stadium this spring.

The June 9 match-up pits Brazil— the sixth-ranked team in the world— against 10th-ranked Argentina which is led by Lionel Messi.

Yesterday, Messi was awarded the FIFA Golden Ball as soccer's best player in the world.  It was the third year in a row the Argentine player received the honor.  FIFA is the sports international governing body.

It is likely that Messi, who faced the U.S. with the Argentina team on March 26 at MetLife Stadium, will return for the game against Brazil.

Brazil faced the U.S. in a friendly in August 2010 after the World Cup.

Argentina will also play exhibitions against Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Germany, according to the team's website.  A statement by the team did not say which players would participate in the matches.

International soccer matches at MetLife  Stadium have been huge draws in the tri-state area over the past few years.  This friendly should be unique and another big time attraction.

Mike Lamping, chief executive officer of the company that oversees MetLife Stadium, had no comment.

The East Rutherford, N.J. stadium is also hosting the Super Bowl in 2014.

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