Brazil to face Germany for first time since 7-1 World Cup thrashing

The 2014 World Cup semifinal demolition marked a low for Brazil on its home soil.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Germany and Brazil will meet next year on the soccer field for the first time since the 7-1 rout in the World Cup semifinals.

The game, announced by the Brazilian soccer confederation on Friday, is scheduled for the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on March 27, 2018, only a few months before the next World Cup in Russia.

Brazil coach Tite has said he wants his team to play some of the tournament favorites. He also mentioned wanting to play at Italy and at Spain.

Since losing to Germany in 2014, Brazil has rebuilt its national team under the new coach and could become the first team to qualify for the World Cup in the next few weeks.

Germany will also play Spain in Dusseldorf four days before the game against Brazil.

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German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel said the games "will certainly be a little appetizer for the World Cup in Russia, where our coach Jogi Low's team will give everything to defend the title a few months later."

Germany leads Group C in World Cup qualifying with 12 points from four games, five ahead of Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.

Germany will play England in a friendly in Dortmund in 12 days.