A friendly rivalry in gay Paris
Brazil vs France has long been a top fixture in any football enthusiast’s calendar and the match will once again be played at Paris’ Stade de France on February 9th, the site of the French national team’s most famous victory over Brazil.
The 1998 World Cup final victory and France’s 1-0 victory in the 2006 World Cup have preserved a rivalry that started with a Pelé hatrick and 5-2 victory for Brazil in 1958, which set the team on their way to their first of an unprecedented five World Cup victories.
Times have certainly changed since the last big game here when the teams were ranked number one and two in the world and would go on to be the champions of their respective continents in 1999 and 2000.
Since then both nations have enjoyed various ups and downs, if fourth place can be called a down, but such is the expectation and high standard of football in Brazil.
France currently languish in 19th place in the FIFA World Rankings but have a good squad of young stars that made easy work of a more highly ranked England side in November last year.
Fans who want to enjoy the best atmosphere can book a Eurostar and watch live in Paris, or to enjoy the game in London head to a spot like Cafe Kick, Kick Bar or Sports Cafe for some of London’s most international crowds of sports fans.
And while we’re here, any thoughts on Brazil’s new national strip?
By Daniel Hatton-Johnson
Brazil vs France @ Stade de France
Images from Nikefutebol’s flickr page