Friday, 8 June 2012. The National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.
That date, although distant now, will come into focus this weekend as 26 teams compete to earn the right to travel to Poland and Ukraine to compete in UEFA Euro 2012.
Anticipation is high, in particular ahead of the match between England and neighbour Wales, which kicks off in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 16:00 CET.
England manager Fabio Capello will be under the spotlight, having presided over a series of below-par performances at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a 0-0 draw at home to Montenegro and an insipid friendly victory over Denmark.
Key defenders Ashley Cole, John Terry and forward Wayne Rooney will also look to respond to public criticism and vilification in the press of their off-field antics.
Chelsea disciplined Cole after he shot a work placement student with an air gun at the club's Cobham training facility; Terry will regain the captaincy despite his very public adultery; Rooney will just be pleased if he makes it through another 90 minutes without more revelations emerging about his private life.
For Wales, it will be a chance to put pressure on England's position at the top of Group G by recording their first points of the campaign and their first win against the Three Lions in more than 25 years.
I will preview this game and also four other key encounters which promise much entertainment and may have repercussions in the coming months and for next year's tournament.