The world cup in Brazil
Brazil is prepared to host the 2014 World Cup the most prestigious football event. Thousands of travelers are heading to Brazil for this tournament to watch some of the most thrilling games. There will be 32 countries taking part in the world this year, including the host country Brazil. This is the second time Brazil will be hosting the first time being 1950. The World Cup will be hosted in 12 cities across Brazil. The cities are the capitals of their states. The construction of new stadiums and the repair of the existing ones has had an enormous budget of one billion US dollars. Brazil is a famous football nation and has had a record of winning five world cup titles.
Certainly the World Cup will not only get a lot of people watching the event but many people betting on football.
The world cup in Brazil will be hosted in the following stadiums in twelve cities:
The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro
The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro is magnificent and it will be the stage for the finals, quarter final, round of 16 and 4 group stage matches. Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city and is popular for its beautiful waters the Copacabana beach. Other popular sites include ancient neighborhoods and museums. The Maracana stadium is an epic venue and has a history of hosting the World Cup Final in 1950 the same year it opened. July 13th is the date for this year’s final and thousands of fans will throng the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo
The Arena Corinthians in Brazil’s largest city Sao Paulo will be the stage for Semi Final, Round of 16 as well as the opening game for the 4 group stage matches. In the entire globe Sao Paulo is currently the seventh largest city. The 2014 FIFA World Cup opening game on June 12th will be hosted at the Arena Corinthians.
The National Stadium in Brasilia
The capital of Brazil is Brasilia. The stadium Estádio Nacional Mane Garrincha was built in 1974. It borrows its name from the famous and legendary Brazilian footballer Garrincha. The 3rd place match, the quarter finals, Round of 16 as well as 4 group stage matches will be held at this wonderful stadium.
The Mineirão in Belo Horizonte
The Belo Horizonte city is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. The city is bordered by Mountains and has amazing architecture with a blend of classical and modern buildings. The Mineirão stadium was constructed in the year 1965. It has a capacity of 67,000 attendants and is only second to the Maracana in terms of size and capacity. It has undergone major renovations and will host a Semi Final, Round of 16 as well as 4 Group stage matches.
The Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador
Salvador is the capital of the Bahia state. Much renowned for its street carnivals and outdoor parties it is referred to as Brazil’s capital of happiness. The Arena Fonte Nova was constructed for this year’s World Cup and will host a Quarter final, a round of 16 as well as 4 group stage matches.
Castelão Stadium in Fortaleza
The Fortaleza City is the capital of the Ceara state in Brazil. It is a popular tourist destination. It has exceptional sandy beaches. The Castelao stadium was constructed in 1973. It is also referred to as the Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelo. It will host Quarter final, Round of 16 as well as 4 Group stage matches.
The Arena Pernambuco in Recife
The state of Pernambuco has its capital at Recife. Recife is a key port on the Atlantic Ocean. The Arena Pernambuco stadium was constructed for this year’s World Cup and will host one round of 16 as well as 4 Group stage matches.
The Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre
The state of Rio Grande do Sul has its capital at Porto Alegre. This is one of the major economic, political and cultural center in Brazil. The Farroupilpha Park, Piratini Palace is among the many tourist attractions in Porto Alegre. The Estadio Beir-Rio stadium was constructed in 1959 and has undergone major renovations to be among the host stadiums for the 2014 World Cup. It now has a capacity of 56,000 attendants. It will host Round of 16 matches as well as 4 Group stage matches.
Arena das Dunas in Natal
The state of Rio Grande do Norte has its capital in Natal City. The city is considered the safest in Brazil and has a rich history and several museums. The stadium the Arena das Dunas is an architectural masterpiece. It will host 4 Group stage matches.
The Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba
The state of Mato Grosso has its capital in Cuiaba city. The City of Cuiaba has several parks and trees and is referred to as the Green City. It is at the heart of South America. The stadium the Arena Pantanal was constructed to host this year’s World Cup and has a capacity of 43,000 attendants. It will also host 4 Group matches.
The Arena de Baxaida in Curitiba
The state of Parana has its capital in Curitiba City. The city is renowned for its ecological urban development and is considered the best city to reside in. The Paço Municipal and the Japan Square are some of the major landmarks in Curitiba City. The Arena de Baxaida stadium has a capacity of 43,000 attendants and will host 4 Group stage matches.
The Arena de Amazonia in Manaus
The Amazonas state has its capital in Manaus City. It is found adjacent to the Amazon rain forest. The Arena de Amazonia stadium has a capacity of 43,000 attendants and was constructed for this year’s World Cup. It will also host 4 Group stage matches.