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Neymar eager for Brazil-France friendly at 1998 World Cup final venue

Neymar eager for Brazil-France friendly at 1998 World Cup final venue

Posted by Juan Gavasa on March 24, 2015

Brazilian national soccer team striker Neymar said Monday he is eager for his squad's friendly later this week against France, a match to be played at the same venue in Paris where the Seleçao lost to the French in the 1998 World Cup final.

"I like playing matches like this: two great teams, a packed stadium and in the opponent's home," the Brazilian captain said upon his arrival in Paris, according to a statement from the Brazilian soccer federation.

The striker said he expects a great match even though it is only a friendly, although he added that it has nothing to do with the 1998 final.

Neymar, who recalled that he was six years old when he watched that match - played at Stade de France - on television, said Brazilian soccer recovered from that 3-0 defeat long ago.

"Brazil is a five-time world champion," the FC Barcelona star said.

"I remember some plays and France's three goals very well. We were all very sad at my home," the striker said, though he added that he was back in the street playing soccer with his friends a few minutes after the match ended.

Brazil's friendly matches this week against France and Chile on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, will help in making final decisions about the squad ahead of the Copa America tournament, to be played in Chile in June and July, according to the striker.

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