The world cup tie between England and Brazil has been held every four years since 1964.
And yet, you might be surprised to know that in its four-year history, the World Cup has been played twice on the same day, twice on a Sunday and once on a Bank Holiday weekend.
In the four decades that the competition has been in existence, only one other time has seen the two teams playing on the very same day.
On the opening day of the tournament, Brazil were beaten 2-1 by Argentina in a World Cup qualifying tie.
On Sunday, England will face Germany, who are expected to be favourites for the tournament’s final place, in a one-off friendly.
The result of that game will be a major talking point in England’s World Cup campaign, but what exactly are the implications for the country’s hopes of qualifying for next summer’s World Cups in Russia and Germany?
What’s going on with the World Cups?
There is no official announcement on the final day of a tournament, but FIFA’s official blog, www.fifa.com/womens-world-cup, has published a few intriguing tidbits.
For the first time since the tournament was introduced in 1924, England are not going to be able to play in their final group game at Wembley Stadium on the opening weekend.
That means that the England team will only be able watch a single-game semi-final on the day of their final fixture, which will take place on Tuesday night.
And the semi-finals are a bit of a wildcard.
For example, England could play two semi-finishes on the weekend, which would allow them to play against Argentina in one-on-one fixtures, or against Brazil in a Group G tie.
But that means England would not be able qualify for the World Championships in Russia, and vice versa.
The semi-trough between the teams would be played at the Wembley Stadium, but there would be a different final on the first day of play on the other side of the city.
In theory, this could give England a chance of qualifying, but it would mean a trip to Russia for a friendly on a Saturday.
There are also the scheduling issues.
England will not be playing a friendly at Wembley for a final until May.
If they have to play the first round of the competition in their first week, they would have a month between the first semi-finals on the two remaining dates.
But if they could just play the semi finals on the second day of this week, England would still have a week before their semi-league games against Manchester United and Fulham kick off on June 3.
That would allow a full week for the players to get their fitness, but would also make it harder for the Football Association of England to set up a provisional date for the final.
That could mean that the FA would have to re-schedule the semi final, which could then mean a change in the schedule, which the FA could then have to approve.
But it’s a moot point, as the FA can change its mind.
FIFA is expected to decide on a provisional schedule for the 2018 World Cup in Russia at the end of June, with the final scheduled for September, but the final has not been confirmed.
There are also concerns over the quality of players and the format of the semi.
“The semi is the first match and the final of the first leg,” said one of the players in our squad, who wished to remain anonymous.
“That means it’s the last game of the qualifying group and if you’re going to play on a Thursday or Saturday it’s difficult for the whole group to train on the Friday.
So it’s not ideal for training and it’s also not ideal in terms of playing a group in a semi-group.
The only other option is to play three days of play and if that’s not possible then you can play the third day and then the final.”
There are still plenty of big-name players from England in the group stage.
The likes of Ashley Cole, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Joe Hart will all be on the pitch for England, and the quality is likely to be very good.
However, there is a concern that England will struggle to find a player capable of stepping up in the final due to injury or the absence of a World Champion.
So what about the World Tourney?
The 2018 World Tournoi will take the form of a semi tournament, where the top two teams from each group qualify for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The semi-tie will be played on the last day of every group stage, and if England are to qualify for next year’s World Championships, they will be facing Brazil, who will face the host nation in the quarter-finals.
It is expected that the tournament will see the