Socceroos to play Brazil at MCG

Brazil's Neymar and Socceroos defender Lucas Neill fight for the ball during Australia's 6-0 loss to Brazil in the 2013 friendly in Brasilia Source: Getty Images

Brazilian superstar Neymar will look to again terrorise Australian defenders when the Socceroos meet the football powerhouse at the MCG in a pre-Confederations Cup litmus test.

Australia will host Brazil on June 13 in a friendly, with the South American giants in Melbourne for a blockbuster Superclasico clash with Lionel Messi's Argentina four days earlier.

Australia will be coming off a World Cup qualification match against Saudi Arabia on June 8 in Adelaide.

Brazil have no shortage of stars, with Rio Olympic gold medallist Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Oscar and Dani Alves expected to draw thousands through the gates.

Brazilian media reported in December that Brazil would take on Australia in June.

Australia were handed a football lesson in their last meeting with the world No.2 side in September 2013 when Brazil won 6-0 in Brasilia, with Barcelona's Neymar unstoppable in contributing a goal and several assists.

The result contributed to former coach Holger Osieck's sacking by Football Federation Australia the same year.

The clash with five-time world champions Brazil adds to a tough year for Asian champions Australia, ranked 54 in the world.

Already locked in a difficult World Cup qualification battle, they will meet world champions Germany, Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon and world No.4 Chile at the Confederations Cup which.

The MCG clash will serves as the Socceroos' send off match, with Australia expected to fly to Russia the day after for their Confederations Cup campaign, beginning in Sochi on June 19 where the task does not get any easier against Germany.

Australia last met Brazil on home soil at the 1988 Bicentenary Gold Cup, losing 1-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Melbourne.

Source AAP