Brazilians arrive today

THE mighty Brazil will land at OR Tambo International Airport today for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, becoming the second team to arrive in the county after Australia.

THE mighty Brazil will land at OR Tambo International Airport today for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, becoming the second team to arrive in the county after Australia.

The Socceroos arrived on Wednesday and the Brazilians will arrive at 8am.

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke said the arrival of the World Cup teams marked a momentous occasion.

"This marks a very special moment because we have provided the stage, now the players take the spotlight and that is what the Fifa World Cup is all about," Valcke said.

"The focus will now shift to the excitement around the teams and the build-up to the games. "The teams will have a wonderful time in this country and be part of the African spirit while playing in world-class facilities."

Brazil will be welcomed at the OR Tambo International Airport by local organising committee chief executive Danny Jordaan.

Denmark arrive on Saturday, Argentina the next day, and USA on Monday.

They will be followed by North Korea on Tuesday, with England and Paraguay on Wednesday. The schedule for the rest of the teams is as follows: Mexico, Chile (Friday), France, South Korea, Uruguay, Nigeria (Saturday), Japan, Holland, Portugal, New Zealand, Greece, Algeria (Sunday), Germany, Ghana, Slovenia (June 7), Serbia (June 8), Cameroon, Italy, Honduras, Slovakia (June 9), Ivory Coast, Switzerland (June 10) and Spain (June 11).

Spain, the reigning European champions, will play their first game against Switzerland at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on June 16.

Fifa and the LOC have warned the public not to go to the airport because they will not have access to the players. The teams will use a separate terminal.

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