Brazil-England to Play at Maracanã Reopening in Rio

By Dialogo
January 17, 2013

The Brazilian soccer team will play a friendly match against England at the legendary Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 2, when it reopens after extensive renovations, a few days before the start of Confederations Cup 2013.

The match was confirmed on January 15 by the English Football Association and the Brazilian Football Confederation, which also announced another friendly match with Russia on March 25 at London’s Stamford Bridge.

Brazil and England will have another game at Wembley Stadium on February 6 in Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first match after resuming leadership of the national soccer selection in December.

“There is nothing better than playing against an adversary like England 15 days before the start of the Confederations Cup tournament. It will be a great game, an international classic that no one wants to miss,” Felipao, as Scolari is called, said in the Brazilian Football Confederation’s article.

This is the first trip that the “Three Lions” team will make to Brazil since winning 2-0 in the friendly match also played at Maracanã Stadium in 1984.

“After my visit to Brazil last year, I can say that it is an incredible place,” English coach Roy Hodgson said in London.

“It’s important for England to have this chance to play there in that atmosphere (…). Almost 30 years ago, England played its last match in Brazil, so we will be proud to return with our team,” he added.

Maracanã Stadium, which will also be the official venue for the 2014 World Cup final, will be presented to the FIFA on May 29, only 19 days before starting the Confederations Cup, which is considered the big rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil seems to be ready to host the world event. We hope it will happen.