Scotland v Brazil

Levein relishing Brazil challenge

March 25, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Scotland coach Craig Levein says he cannot wait for his side to test themselves against the might of Brazil, having admired the five-time World Cup winners from afar for many years.

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Brazil and Scotland do battle in a friendly match at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, the first time the two nations have met since the South Americans triumphed 2-1 in the opening match of the 1998 World Cup.

And Levein is relishing the opportunity to face the Selecao, whose football has always enterained him and whose reputation inspired a sense of romaticism in the Scotland boss.

"I'm from an era when football first came in colour television and I remember seeing their amazing strips for the first time - what a brilliant strip," Levein said. "Also every time the camera panned to the crowd there were always a few nice looking faces!

"There's a romanticism about Brazil. They had the best players and did things even we'd never seen before. They had great names like Socrates - what a name, eh?

"It's almost always pure excitement when you see them. When you play against them you should see it as a challenge and an opportunity."