Friendly focus on Neymar, Falcao
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Neymar and Radamel Falcao, two of the world's most prolific and sought-after strikers, come face-to-face when Brazil meet Colombia in the most enticing of around 50 friendly internationals being played on Wednesday. Spain and Portugal both face marathon trips with the world and European champions travelling to Panama and their Iberian neighbours lured to oil-rich Gabon where Cristiano Ronaldo's presence is awaited with feverish excitement.
There are high-profile games between familiar European rivals, such as Netherlands-Germany, Italy-France and Sweden-England, and more exotic encounters such as the clash between Albania and Cameroon in Geneva.
Brazil's meeting with Colombia at the Metlife stadium in New Jersey brings two together two sides who have reaping the rewards of a more positive, attacking approach in the last few months. Brazil's search for their ideal team and a playing style which better suits their tradition appears to be bearing fruit for coach Mano Menezes.
They scored 10 goals in two games against Iraq and Japan last month as the Oscar-Kaka combination in midfield and the exuberant skills of Neymar in attack proved irresistible for their opponents. The 2014 World Cup hosts and five-times winners have won their last six games and face by far their sternest test since they lost 4-3 to Argentina in June, their last defeat.
Colombia, a team struggling to find their footballing identity ever since their 1994 World Cup fiasco, have come back to life under the leadership of Argentina's 2006 World Cup coach Jose Pekerman. They have won six out of seven matches under the former taxi driver including a 4-0 win at home to Uruguay and 3-1 win in Chile, putting them firmly on course for their first World Cup appearance in 1998.
The meeting of Santos forward Neymar, who has scored 16 goals in 25 internationals, and Atletico Madrid's Falcao, both on the radars of Europe's top sides, has added extra spice to the encounter.