Russian national team to play at Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge has a capacity of just under 42,000. Photo: PA

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium will host the international friendly between Russia and Brazil in March, the Russian FA (RFU) have confirmed.

The fixture, a designated home game for Russia, will take place on 25th March, kicking off at 7.30pm.

"Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce we will be hosting an international fixture when Brazil meet Russia on Monday 25 March," a statement on chelseafc.com read.

"It will be the first international match at Stamford Bridge for over 60 years. Our stadium has previously hosted four England games."

It is believed that Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's Russian owner who has backed the RFU financially in previous years, may have had a hand in arrangements.

And with temperatures in Moscow and St Petersburg - the two most likely domestic locations for the game - averaging below zero degrees C in March, the RFU have sought an alternative venue abroad.

Russia, managed by former England manager Fabio Capello, are ranked 9th in the world by FIFA.

World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil, meanwhile, have fallen to a low of 18th position, having played few competitive fixtures.