Built to serve as one of the host venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Arena Amazônia has drawn a lot of attention in the run up to the tournament. The impressive stadium was built as a replacement of the city’s old main stadium, Vivaldão stadium. (more…)
The Estadio Arena das Dunas, literally “Dunes Arena,” is the culmination of a 3-year project in the city of Natal, to serve as one of the playing venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The stadium was designed by renowned sports architect Christopher Lee, who says that this is one of his finest pieces of work.
History of Arena das Dunas in Natal
This visual spectacle of a stadium is built on the same ground that the Estadio Joao Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado once stood. Better known as the Machadão, the previous stadium hosted titanic clashes for the major teams in Natal and its sounding areas. ABC, Alecrim and America all enjoyed this venue in their more successful days in the Brazilian top flight. However, in order for Natal to become one of the host cities for 2014 FIFA World Cup, a grander and more modern venue was required. (more…)
The Castelão Stadium, originally named Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, was opened after four years of construction on the 11th of November 1973, with the inaugural match being played between Ceara and Fortaleza.
The stadium is owed by the Ceara state government and an initiative of then governor Plácido Castelo, after whom the stadium was subsequently named after. The stadium is the home ground of local teams Ceara and Fortaleza. (more…)
With just over a fortnight to go, final squads for the 2014 FIFA World Cup are been slowly announced. With some surprise exclusions already and more to come, there are some very young and very talented players who have nothing to fear about. Of these, potentially world-class players we have narrowed it down to the top 5 youngest player you should watch out for at the World Cup in Brazil.
The 5 youngest player at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil
Paul Pogba – having barely featured at Manchester United under Sir Alex Fergusson the 21-year-old Frenchman grew increasing frustrated and called time on his career at the Theatre of Dreams, opting for a move to Italian giants Juventus. Having joined Juventus in 2012 Pogba has been sensational and has displayed immense displays of skill, athleticism and the ability to hit surface-to-air missiles. Pogba’s efforts in Italy have not gone unnoticed, as he has helped Juventus to two consecutive league titles since his arrival. Moreover, Pogba is now regarded as one of France’s key players. (more…)
From the soaring rain forest covered mountains, to globally recognised architectural structures and sandy white beaches, it is no surprise that Rio de Janeiro’s alluring beauty has led to the city been known as cicade maravihosa, the ‘marvellous city.’ Along with breathe taking landscape, the vibrant carnivals, samba queens and cuisine with music to match has kept millions of tourists flocking to Rio de Janeiro. This year with the added gift from the gods, that is the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Brazil and Rio will be more special and alive than ever before. With so much to see and do we have taken the time to compile a list of the top 10 tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro that all visitors will want to see.
Built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, officially named after legendary journalist Mario Filho, the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho is better known as the Maracanã Stadium. Built from August 1948 and officially opened on 16 June 1950 the Maracanã Stadium has played an iconic role in the history of football. Built to be the largest stadium in the world it boasted a capacity of 200 000 people. It is on this hallowed ground that Uruguay shocked the hosts by clinching the 1950 edition of the tournament with a 2-1 victory.