Brazil to play Switzerland in August friendly

The Switzerland Football Association says it will play World Cup

host Brazil in a home friendly in August, and the countries have

agreed to meet again in the 2015-16 season.

The Swiss FA says the Aug. 14 match is scheduled at FC Basel’s

St. Jakob Park stadium.

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld says the fixture is a sign of

his team’s growing reputation.

Switzerland leads its World Cup qualifying group and is

currently ranked No. 13 by FIFA.

Brazil is No. 18 after losing ground playing only friendlies

because it qualifies directly as host of the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil plays its first match of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s

second spell against England at Wembley stadium next week.

Scolari’s team also plays in Switzerland on March 21 against

Italy in Geneva.