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England to play at the Maracana in 2013

Brazil will face England in a friendly at the historic Maracana stadium next summer, according to information disclosed by a high-ranking official.

The game is set to take place on 2 June and will be Brazil's first fixture at the modernised Maracana stadium, which will now hold 78,000 spectators.

England last played at the stadium in 1984, when a John Barnes-inspired performance saw Brazil left shocked by a 2-0 home defeat at their spiritual home.

Information about the friendly was leaked to the Brazilian media by the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral. Thus far, though, the English Football Association have declined to comment on the matter.

The game would take-place just two weeks ahead of the Confederations Cup next summer, serving as both a warm-up for Brazil and an opportunity for a run-through of procedures at the stadium.

The match will also serve as the second fixture in a double-header against England in 2013, with Brazil set to play against Roy Hodgson's side at Wembley on 6 February.


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