INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL RETURNS TO STAMFORD BRIDGE
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce we will be hosting an international fixture when Brazil meet Russia on Monday 25 March.
The friendly game will kick-off at 7.30pm UK time and if selected, current Blues David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar, together with our former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, will take on a Russia side coached by ex-England manager Fabio Capello.
It will be the first international match at Stamford Bridge for over 60 years. Our stadium has previously hosted four England games.
Looking ahead to Brazil's appearance at the Bridge in March, Scolari said: 'The game against Russia will be very important in order to prepare Brazil's national team for the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014. Russia is a strong opponent and it is traditionally hard to play against them.
'Going to London is a great joy. It will be an opportunity to thank the Chelsea's fans for the affection and the great interaction I had with them.'
Capello said: 'My number one goal as the coach of Russia is to qualify for the World Cup and then to do well in Brazil in 2014. There is no better test of how well the Russia team is progressing than to play the five times world cup winners, Brazil coached by such a respected coach as Felipe Scolari.
'With the match taking place at Stamford Bridge which is close to the centre of London, I hope there will be a big atmosphere with plenty of Russia fans, Brazil fans and other people who like to watch good football.'
Stamford Bridge will also be hosting the UEFA Women's Champions League final on May 23.
The previous internationals in the stadium were in 1913 when England beat Scotland 1-0 (pictured below); in 1929 - a 6-0 win for England over Wales; in 1932 - England 4 Austria 3 and after the war, a match between England and Switzerland in 1946 which the home side won 4-1.
Ticket details for Brazil versus Russia will be announced via this website.