FORMER Brazilian national champions Gremio will take on Dutch giants Feyenoord in March's extravaganza to mark the grand opening of the new Hong Kong Stadium. Gremio, who won the Brazilian national championship in 1981 and two years later lifted the Libertadores Cup by beating Penarol of Uruguay over two legs, are confirmed starters for the South American-European challenge on Sunday, March 13. The Brazilian side replace world club champions Sao Paulo, who are unable to come to the territory. Gremio, the current state champions of Rio Grande do Sul, boast several current Brazilian internationals. And leading the side will be defender Claudio Branco, who appeared in two World Cup finals stages including Italia '90. He will be joined by fast rising stars and defenders Geraldao and Paolao plus striker Charles Santos. Back in 1983 Gremio lifted the Toyota Cup in Tokyo, defeating SV Hamburg of Germany 2-1. Two weeks ago in an exhibition game in Bangkok they beat powerful Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam 8-6 on penalties after being deadlocked 2-2 in extra-time. Now they will face more Dutch opposition in Hong Kong when they take on Holland's reigning champions Feyenoord, the former European Cup, World Club Championship and UEFA Cup holders. The Rotterdam side have eight Dutch internationals confirmed for the match. Goalkeeper Ed de Goey, central defender John de Wolf, midfielders Henk Fraser and Rob Witschge and forwards Regi Blinker, Gaston Taument and John Van Loen will make an appearance in the territory. Hungarian striker Jozsef Kiprich is also a confirmed starter. Feyenoord manager Hans Hagelstein said: ''All these players will definitely be playing in the territory and we are looking forward to our match against Gremio. ''We hope we can provide some good entertainment for your fans.'' The Hong Kong Stadium, which is being rebuilt at a cost of $850 million, will be handed over to the landlords, the Urban Council by the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, funders of the renovation work, on March 11, a Friday. A series of pop concerts have been arranged for the following day with the exhibition match scheduled on the Sunday. Hong Kong soccer giants South China and Eastern are looking to cash in on the reopening of the stadium, which has a capacity of 40,000, by playing exhibition matches against top-class teams. Italian leather manufacturers, Satchi will sponsor Eastern's match scheduled for May 11 and their opponents are expected to be announced by the end of the month. South China are negotiating for a top side to appear at the stadium for another exhibition on April 1.