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Russia, Brazil In Talks For Pre-World Cup Friendly

and are close to confirming an international friendly ahead of next year’s , according to Russia’s top official.

Vitaly Mutko, the president of the Russian Football Union, said talks with the Brazilian Football Confederation were at an advanced stage, according to the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

“We really want it to happen and so does Brazil, so it’s very possible,” Mutko was quoted as saying. “But I can’t confirm it yet. We are talking about it.”

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The game will take place in November or March, the report said.

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he would welcome a duel with the five-time winners.

“When I’m asked I say that I want to play against Brazil,” Cherchesov said. “It would be an honor and the experience would be very useful.”

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