Brazil’s First Match in Miami in 10 Years
Honduras participation subject to World Cup qualification
NEW YORK, NY (Saturday, October 5, 2013) — Relevent Sports and Sun Life Stadium today announced that the Brazilian national soccer team will face Honduras on Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The match will mark the first time Brazil’s National Team has played in Miami since the 2003 Gold Cup quarterfinals played at the Orange Bowl in front of 51,000 fans.
The game comes on the heels on the tremendous success of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup finals in Miami where over 105,000 fans attended the two days of double-headers on August 6 and 7.
Tickets, starting at $35, will be available to the general public beginning October 10th at 10:00am at Ticketmaster.com or by calling the stadium box office at 305-943-6311.
“We are excited to bring another marquee international soccer match to Sun Life Stadium,” said Relevent Sports CEO Charlie Stillitano. “As the finals of the Guinness International Champions Cup showed, Miami is one of the centers of soccer in this country and we have no doubt that this will be on full display November 16.”
Brazil comes to the United States after winning the 2013 Confederations Cup on home soil in June with a 3-0 win over Spain in the final. Brazil is the only national team to win the FIFA World Cup five times and is currently led by new FC Barcelona signing, Neymar. Managed by 2002 World Cup winning coach Luis Felipe Scolari, the side also features Paris-Saint Germain defender Thiago Silva, FC Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, Chelsea defender David Luiz, Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk and Chelsea midfielder Oscar amongst numerous star players.
If Honduras fails to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it will be replaced by a team to be determined. Honduras is currently in third place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and is nearing qualification to its third World Cup in the country’s history. The team is coached by Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez and recently became only the second team to beat Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match at the famed Estadio Azteca with a 2-1 victory on September 6. The Central Americans are led by Mynor Figueroa (Hull City), Carlo Costly (Guizhou Zhicheng, China), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Muma Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), and Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic). The last time these two national teams played was in 2001 in Copa America, Honduras defeated Brazil 2-0 and eliminated Brazil from the tournament.
About Relevent Sports
Relevent Sports brings the excitement and intensity of international soccer to the United States by showcasing the best clubs in the world through premier tournaments and events. Going beyond the game, Relevent provides an innovative approach to building international soccer presence by utilizing brand development, grassroots planning, corporate sponsors, international touring and philanthropic initiatives for the soccer organizations. Relevent is a division of RSE Ventures founded in 2012 by Stephen M. Ross and Matt Higgins, RSE Ventures operates in four interrelated verticals: Sports, Entertainment, Digital, and New Ventures. The company’s growing roster of companies, venues and events includes the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium, Insignia Sports & Entertainment, and Relevent Sports.