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Fiji ready for Brazil test

Frank Farina’s men are using their South American trip as a dress rehearsal for the Rio Olympic Games in August.
The Fiji U-23 coach says facing a club like Atletico is the ideal preparation for the Olympics.
“They qualified for the Copa Libertadores last year, so they will be a quality side.
“They will play possession football and break very quickly on the counter,” Farina says.
“The Brazilian players are notable for their skills and their ability to play one-on-one. It will be a completely new level to what these boys are used to.”
Farina says his side is settling well in Brazil following the long flight.
He admits there were signs of fatigue during their first training session, nevertheless they are raring to go.
“To be honest the boys were a little bit flat at the start but they finished strongly.
“I think it’s to do with the travel, but they are ready for the game, we are all really looking forward to it.”
The matches in Brazil come on the back of a six-game tour of Spain in January.
Farina believes these trips are a part of a steep learning curve for his players.
“The boys that went on the Spain trip will be more experienced and will have a better idea of what to expect.” he says.
“That’s not to say that it will help, but that’s why we come on tours like this, to gain experience.
“Every player in that side will be very competent on the ball and they will be well structured.
“It’s going to be another experience and this is exactly why we come to places like Spain and now Brazil.”
The Fiji Olympic team will play two matches against Atletico Paranaense before taking on Club Figueirense, a side with three players from the Brazil national U-20 team.
They will finish their tour against Clube Parana which is second in the State competition.


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