Derby County proud to play hosts to Brazil for friendly with Ukraine

29 September 2010 08:56
Robinho, Alexandre Pato and Ramires are among the stars in the Brazil squad to play an international friendly at Derby County's Pride Park next month.

Derby's ground will play host to the clash between Brazil and Ukraine on October 11 and the club see it as the perfect way to showcase the ground the region.

Rams executive chairman Tom Glick said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity. I am delighted for the people of Derby and Derbyshire that we have been able to secure this match and give them the opportunity to see stars of the football world in an international fixture at Pride Park Stadium.

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'This is a fantastic opportunity for the football club. We are immensely proud and it is a real opportunity to show off the city of Derby and what a fantastic venue Pride Park Stadium is to the world.

Tottenham's Sandro has also made the squad as has Liverpool's Lucas Leiva along with former Manchester City star Robinho.

Brazil traditionally play they're strongest side possible for friendlies but many will be disappointed that high-profile stars such as Kaka and young star Neymar aren't in the squad -nor are Inter Milan pair Lucio and Maicon.

Pride Park has  hosted only one senior international game previously, which was England's 4-0 victory over Mexico in 2001.

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Source: Daily_Mail