Brazil v South Africa
Fifa Confederations Cup, semi-final
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg Date: Thursday 25 June Start: 1930 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Three and BBC Sport website from 1900 BST
Luisao, who plays for Benfica, will slot into the Brazil defence
Brazil defender Luisao is set to play in the Confederations Cup
semi-final instead of Juan, who is out of the tournament after injuring
Coach Dunga must also decide whether to recall Elano and full-back
Kleber in place of Ramires and Andre Santos.
South Africa are without suspended midfielder Macbeth Sibaya.
Lance Davids would be a like-for-like replacement, though striker
Thembinkosi Fanteni could return to the side if the hosts opt for a
Ellis Park has been the symbol of a united South Africa ever since
Nelson Mandela presented the rugby World Cup trophy to his country's
captain, Francois Pienaar, in 1995. Now the stage is set for the
football team to restore national pride with what would be their
South Africa have held Argentina and France to draws at this stadium in
the past, but Brazil are the benchmark by which they judge themselves.
The hosts have sought Brazilian inspiration ahead of the World Cup by
employing successive coaches from the South American country.
Yet current incumbent Joel Santana is more likely to focus tactics on
his defence being an immovable object against the irresistible force of
his homeland. Brazil scored 10 goals in winning their three group games
and inflicted Italy's heaviest defeat for 30 years.
Perhaps South Africa's best hope of an upset lies in Santana's knowledge
of the opposition. Prior to his appointment last year he had spent 18
years coaching in Brazil, taking charge of famous clubs such as Flamengo,
Botafogo and Fluminense.
Santana even coached Dunga at Vasco de Gama in 1987. Two decades on,
Dunga has already won the first battle against his former boss - Brazil
will wear their iconic yellow shirts, with South Africa having to switch
to a green kit.
• Brazil have won both previous meetings, both of them friendlies held
in Johannesburg. Brazil triumphed 3-2 in 1996 and 2-1 in 1997. Current
Brazil coach Dunga captained his country in the latter game.
• South Africa's Under-23 side beat Brazil 3-1 at the 2000 Olympic Games.
Current first-choice defenders Aaron Mokoena and Matthew Booth played in
• Brazil are vying to reach their fourth Confederations Cup final.
• Brazil have won their last six matches and are unbeaten in 14 games
(W10, D4) since a 2-0 defeat to Paraguay a year ago.
• Brazil have scored at least three goals in each of their last five
matches in the Confederations Cup. This is a competition record.
• Brazil have won all ten internationals they have played in Africa.
• South Africa can become the fourth host nation to reach the final of
the Confederations Cup in the last five editions, following Mexico
(1999), Japan (2001) and France (2003).
• Bafana Bafana have only played three matches against Fifa top-ten
ranked sides since July 2005 - losing them all 2-0 (v Italy, Portugal
• Despite playing just 47 minutes in this tournament, striker Katlego
Mashego has been caught offside an unrivalled six times.
LAST MATCH LINE-UPS
Brazil (W3-0 v Italy): 1-Cesar; 2-Maicon, 3-Lucio, 4-Juan
(14-Luisao 24), 16-Santos, 8-G Silva (20-Kleberson 84), 5-Melo,
18-Ramires (17-Josue 86), 10-Kaka, 9-Fabiano, 11-Robinho
South Africa (L0-2 v Spain): 16-Khune; 2-Gaxa, 4-Mokoena,
14-Booth, 3-Masilela, 10-Pienaar, 6-Sibaya (21-Mashego 83),
13-Dikgacoi, 5-Mhlongo, 12-Modise; 17-Parker (8-Tshabalala 90)
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Sui)
Assistant referees: Matthias Arnet (Sui) & Francesco Buragina (Sui)
Fourth official: Martin Hansson (Swe)