This year sees the English Football Association (FA) celebrate its 150th anniversary and what better way to do so than by pitting Roy Hodgson's boys against the five-time World Cup winners Brazil, led by their recently re-appointed (and ex-Chelsea) manager Luis Felipe Scolari.
The international goes hand in hand with the repeat fixture pencilled in for the inaugural match of the Maracanã after its multi-million pound face-lift on 2 June. It is a chance for both sides to show off new young talent and for Brazil in particular to show its adoring fans signs of a squad capable of winning the World Cup for which they so dearly pine.
The fixture may be in London, but Time Out Rio has picked out the best places to cheer on the Three Lions and the Samba Boys, depending on your point of view.
Cobal do Humaitá
Head to the car park-come-drinking-oasis for a bustling atmosphere and flowing chopp thanks to the torres (towers of beer) that always draw a local crowd regardless of day of the week (let alone a prestigious international friendly). Take advantage of some decent restaurants also housed in the partially outdoor complex.
The Lord Jim
For a more authentic British-pub hubbub, check out The Lord Jim, which should naturally attract more Lions than locals. Flying the England flag, the numerous plasma screens provide the entertainment, but expect some friendly banter with the few brave, curious (and probably confident) locals that make it in, too.
Not so long ago, this relaxed Ipanema joint reinvented itself as more of a sports-friendly bar, thowing in lots of big screens and seating, topped off with a good selection of hearty bar food to see you through until full-time. A new, 1.5-litre caipirinha is also on offer to drown away your sorrows or indeed to kick off the celebrations.
With branches across the city, the Leblon arm of this boteco chain is a tried and tested location for some of the best chopp beer in Rio, not to mention the sport-savvy crowds it regularly hauls in.