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Club goes nuts over Brazil clash
Exeter City's St James' Park ground
It is hoped the fixture will provide a financial boost for the Grecians
A struggling non-league football club has confirmed a "dream" fixture against World Cup winners Brazil.

Exeter City Football Club have announced they will play Brazil's masters next month at St James Park.

The Brazilian side will be mainly made up of players who helped win the 1994 World Cup in the US.

The match will be played on the 90th anniversary of Brazil's first match, which was played against Exeter City in 1914.

It is more than a football match, it is an event
Eamon Dolan, Exeter City manager
It is hoped the fixture will provide a much-needed financial boost to the debt-ridden club. The charity Childrens Aid, which works to provide safe accommodation for a number of homeless children in Rio de Janeiro, will also benefit.

In 1914 Exeter City, who were relegated from the Third Division last year, became the first professional club in the world to play Brazil.

The home clash with the so-called Brazil Masters will form the centrepiece of Exeter's 2004 centenary celebrations.

Exeter City managing director Ian Huxham said: "At the start this idea seemed like a dream.

"Now it is reality and we are incredibly excited about this marvellous occasion."

Team manager Eamon Dolan said: "The chance to see our club take on Brazil at St James' Park is absolutely fantastic.

"It is more than a football match, it is an event."

Mr Huxham also said it was "very much a possibility" that an Exeter team would travel to Rio in July for a match as part of the Brazilian national team's 90th anniversary celebrations.

Exeter drew 3-3 with Brazil when the teams met at the Laranjeiras Stadium in Rio on 21 July, 1914.


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