The U-23 Eagles of Nigeria will take on Brazil U-23s in an international friendly game on Thursday at Estadio Kleber Andrade, in Cariacica, Espirito Santo. Both teams are preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games men's football event.
This will be the 12th time Brazil and Nigeria will be meeting at any level. Head-to-head at all level of men's football, Brazil have beaten Nigeria seven times in eleven encounters so far. Nigeria have won two, while two games ended in draw.
Ahead of Thursday's 12 clash, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI, takes a look at the 11 previous encounters involving Nigeria and Brazil and how they have fared against each other.
NIGERIA 3-3 BRAZIL (GROUP STAGE, MEXICO CITY 1968 OLYMPICS)
Nigeria's first ever meeting against Brazil in football at any level was at the group stage of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.
After losing their first two group games against Japan and Spain- 3-1 and 3-0 respectively- the Nigerian team surprisingly held Brazil to a 3-3 draw in their last game.
Goals from Kenneth Olayombo (brace) and Peter Anieke, gave Nigeria a 3-0 lead in the first half. But Brazil equalised in the second half, following strikes from Ferreti, Tiao and an own goal from Segun Olumodeji.
BRAZIL 3-0 NIGERIA (GROUP STAGE, MEXICO 1983 U-20 W/CUP)
Nigeria and Brazil's path didn't cross again until the fourth edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Mexico, 1983. Both teams were in Group D, along with Netherlands and Soviet Union (Russia).
The Nigerian team opened their campaign with a shock 1-0 win against Soviet Union. But they were brought back to earth in their second game after losing 3-0 to Brazil. Gilmar Popoca, Santos and Geovani, all scored for the Junior Selecao.
A 0-0 draw in their last group game against Netherlands, saw Nigeria crash out of the U-20 World Cup.
BRAZIL 2-0 NIGERIA (S/FINAL, SOVIET UNION 1985 U-20 W/CUP)
At the 1985 U-20 World Cup in the Soviet Union, Nigeria got to the semi-final and came up against defending champions Brazil.
First half goals from Muller and Balalo secured a 2-0 win for Brazil who went on to successfully defend their title.
In the third place match against host Soviet Union, Nigeria won 3-1 on penalty shootout after 120 minutes of football ended 0-0.
BRAZIL 4-0 NIGERIA (GROUP STAGE, CHILE 1987 U-20 W/CUP)
The Nigerian team to the 1987 U-20 World Cup in Chile could be described as one of the best collection of individual talents ever assembled.
With players like Etim Esin, Willy Opara, late Thompson Oliha, Jonathan Akpoborie and Nduka Ugbade, it was expected that the team will surpass its predecessors.
But everything came crashing down when they lost to Brazil 4-0 in their first game of the competition. They eventually got eliminated from the competition – in the group stage, after also losing to Italy and drawing with Canada.
BRAZIL 4-0 NIGERIA (GROUP STAGE, SEOUL 1988 OLYMPICS)
Just like in 1987 in Chile, Nigeria's first game at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games was against Brazil.
It was the second time both countries were meeting at the Olympics. And on parade for Brazil were Romario, Bebeto, Careca and Claudio Taffarel. Brazil made easy work of the Nigerian side, winning 4-0.
Further losses to Yugoslavia and Australia, saw Nigeria crash out, while Brazil made it to the final where they lost 2-1 to Soviet Union.
BRAZIL 1-0 NIGERIA (GROUP STAGE, ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS)
For the third time, Nigeria met Brazil at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996. Other teams in the group were Hungary and Japan.
Luckily for the Nigerian side, it was a formality game for them as victories against Hungary and Japan, had secured passage into the quarter-finals.
Needing victory to qualify, Brazil won 1-0, thanks to a Ronaldo de Lima first half strike.
NIGERIA 4-3 BRAZIL (S/FINAL, ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS)
After losing to Brazil in the group stage, Nigeria finally got their pound of flesh over Brazil for the very first time when they shocked them in the semi-final of the 1996 Olympics.
First half goals from Flavio Conceicao and Bebeto, gave Brazil a 3-1 lead. But Nigeria came back to level up thanks to Victor Ikpeba and a late Nwankwo Kanu goal.
And in first half extra-time, Kanu sealed Nigeria's first ever win against Brazil with a stunning golden goal to end the dramatic tie 4-3.
NIGERIA 0-3 BRAZIL (INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY, 11 June 2003)
A year after winning the FIFA senior World Cup in South Korea/Japan, Brazil met Nigeria in an international friendly game played inside the Abuja National Stadium, commemorating the official opening of the edifice.
Gil, Luis Fabiano and Adriano scored the Samba team's first, second and third goal respectively.
Nigeria – Vincent Enyeama, Joseph Enakhire, Ifeanyi Udeze, Ikpe Ekong(Seyi Olofinjana 77'), Issac Okoronkwo, Romanus Orjinta, Austin Okocha, John Utaka, Yakubu Aiyegbeni(Christian Obodo 47'), Nwankwo Kanu(Chukwudi Nworgu 85'), Garba Lawal.
Brazil – Dida, Beletti (Eduardo Costa 77'), Lucio, Juan(Fabio Luciano 86'), Kleber(Gilberto 81'), Ricardinho, Kleberson, Emerson, Ronaldinho, Ribeiro Goncalves Gil (Carlos Souza Vieira Adriano 73'), Luis Fabiano (striker Adriano 73').
NIGERIA 0-0 BRAZIL (GROUP STAGE, NETHERLANDS 2005 U-20 W/CUP)
At the 2005 U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands, for the first time at any level, Brazil failed to score against a Nigerian team.
Unlike in Chile 1987 and Seoul 1988, where both teams clashed in their first games of the competitions, and Brazil winning 4-0 on both occasions, the Nigerian side held their more illustrious opponent to a 0-0 draw.
And at the end of the competition, Nigeria finished runners-up, losing 2-1 to Argentina in the final. Brazil finished third.
BRAZIL 4-2 NIGERIA (GROUP STAGE, NEW ZEALAND 2015 U-20 W/CUP)
Nigeria scored their first ever goal against Brazil at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, when both teams met in their first game at last year's edition in New Zealand.
Success Isaac, became the first ever Nigerian to score against a Brazilian U-20 side. Musa Yahaya scored Nigeria's second goal.
But inspite of the achievement for the Nigerian side, Brazil won 4-2 and went all the way to the final but lost 2-1 to Serbia.
On their part, the Nigerian team didn't go far as they lost 1-0 to Germany in the round of 16.
NIGERIA 3-0 BRAZIL (Q/FINAL, CHILE 2015 U-17 W/CUP)
Nigeria secured her second ever win against a Brazilian side when they met in the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
First half goals from Victor Osimhen, Kingsley Michael and Udochukwu Anumudu, sealed a 3-0 win for the Golden Eaglets.
The coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led side went on to win the competition and claimed Nigeria's fifth U-17 world title.
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