Pre-game: Brazil vs. North Korea
Day 5, Match 3
Brazil vs. North Korea, Group G
Date and Location
June 15, Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (2 pm ET). Consult CBC’s full broadcast schedule
Watch the Rogers Pre-game show 30 minutes before kick-off as our panel of soccer experts provide up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.
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What's at stake
The world's eyes will be on the favourites from Brazil as the Samba Boys will do everything in their power to get off on the right foot in the Group of Death, which means that North Korea will have a monumentally tough task to kick off its World Cup campaign.
Injuries and suspensions
Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar is suffering with back problems and is questionable for this game.
Player to watch for Brazil
Luis Fabiano — The golden boot winner from the 2009 Confederations Cup will be Brazil's main striker during the tournament, thanks to his determination and quickness in front of goal. The 29-year-old scored 21 goals for Sevilla in all competitions last season.
Player to watch for North Korea
Jong Tae-Se — Dubbed the "Asian Wayne Rooney" thanks to his strength and goal-scoring ability, Jong is North Korea's best player, one of the few to ply his trade outside the country. But he will be up against the toughest defenders he's ever faced in Group G.
Luis Fabiano vs. Ri Myong-Guk — When Brazil and Fabiano inevitably break through North Korea's staunch wall of defence, goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk, who had 10 shutouts in qualifying, will have to come up big if his team is to have any chance to pull off a massive shocker.
"This is a dream. When I got called up for the World Cup, my wife just said, 'You deserve what is happening to you; it's what you fought for'." — forward Grafite.
North Korean perspective
"We don't want to leave the tournament just with experience; we want to obtain all we can get in terms of goals and points when we go home." — striker Jong Tae-Se
World Cup head-to-head
The will be the first time the two countries' men's teams will face each other.