On Friday, Brazil plays Ghana in a friendly match. The majority of the players from both countries who are stationed in Europe will travel less because the game will be played at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France. After breezing through World Cup qualifying with 45 points from 17 matches in the CONMEBOL section, all Brazilian eyes are now firmly fixated on this winter's World Cup in Qatar. The five-time world champions have not lifted the Jules Rimet trophy since triumphing in South Korea and Japan in 2002 when Ronaldo's brace saw them take down Germany 2-0 in the final. Download the Sokapro App to enjoy the latest football scores as they trickle in.
Since then, their brutal 7-1 demolition at the hands of Die Mannschaft on home soil in the 2014 semi-final is the closest that they have come to adding to their record tally, but there is a growing feeling that this could be their year under Tite. The 61-year-old made the decision to quit his post as head coach earlier this year, so the World Cup in Qatar will be his final opportunity to have a lasting impact on his nation. Friday's friendly against Ghana will provide good preparation for facing Cameroon in their final match in Group G at the World Cup, with Serbia and Switzerland also drawn alongside them in a group that Brazil will be expected to dominate from the outset.
Meanwhile, Ghana, who defeated Nigeria on away goals in the final CAF section qualifying round, qualified for their first World Cup since 2014. After playing out a drab 0-0 draw in Kumasi, Thomas Partey's opener in the return leg in Abuja proved to be enough to send the Black Stars to their fourth ever World Cup, as Nigeria could not build on William Troost Ekong's equalizer from the penalty spot. After his team's valiant advancement at the expense of the Super Eagles, the former Borussia Dortmund winger, who won 15 caps for Ghana during his playing career, was promoted from temporary coach to full-time manager. After that, he assisted Ghana in earning four points from two games in AFCON qualifying before the Kirin Cup, where Ghana lost to Japan and drew with Chile.
Ghana is placed in a competitive Group H at the Qatar FIFA World Cup together with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea. SokaPro App offers the latest sporting news with a lot of insights. There is little doubt that Friday's trip to France to take on Brazil provides Oddo's biggest test in charge so far ahead of the winter World Cup.
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