• Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba

    Arena Pantanal in CuiabaArena Pantanal is a multi-purpose stadium that was built to serve as one the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It replaced the old Estádio José Fragelli (Verdão), which served as the main football stadium for the city of Cuiabá.

    History of Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba

    Estádio José Fragelli was demolished in 2010, with work on the new stadium commencing later that year. Due to its Location adjacent to the region of Pantanal, which is known for its rich fauna and flora, sustainability heavily influenced all aspects of the stadium. This attempt to preserve the surrounding environment as best as possible, created some challenges for organisers and added to delays in stadium construction. (more…)

  • Arena Corinthians / Arena de São Paulo

    Arena Corinthians / Arena de São PauloLocated in the East Zone of São Paulo, Arena de São Paulo is the new home of Brazilian giants Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and the venue of six mouth-watering football clashes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The arena is also known as the Arena Corinthians and Arena de Itaquera.

    The city of São Paulo has a strong and fierce passion for the beautiful game. For a very long time Sport Club Corinthians Paulista was the only club in the city that did not own a stadium that matched its size and had the necessary infrastructure. With the announcement of this year’s World Cup, Corinthians fortunes changed as the erection of Arena de São Paulo became a necessity for the host city. (more…)

  • FIFA Opening Game: Brazil vs. Croatia

    FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014After four years, 820 qualifying matches involving over 202 teams, the nation synonymous with the beautiful game is finally ready to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With the build up to the tournament marred in controversy, one can expect the protests to be replaced with passionate support of the national team. The protests have been legitimate as Brazil looks to host the most expensive World Cup in history, at a time when the people feel the funds could be used to improve service delivery and infrastructure of the country.

    Brazil – A nation full of hope

    Coming off the back of a successful Confederations Cup 12 months ago, the Brazilian national team restored their identity. With an impressive 3-0 victory over world and European champions Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup public belief returned to its high expectant norms. (more…)

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Squads

    2014 FIFA World Cup Squads - SpainAll 32 participating nations at 2014 FIFA World Cup have announced their final squads. With unfortunate pre-tournament causalities ruling out the likes of Italy’s Riccardo Montolivo not everyone’s place was safe. Final squad announcements have come with their surprises, disappointments and some seemingly never ageing veterans. Below is a complete group-by-group guide of the final FIFA World Cup squads. Let´s see who will make it to this years final and win the glory World Cup. (more…)

  • Pele’s son Edinho sentenced to 33 years in prison

    Pele - Brazil´s Soccer Legend @ WikipediaThe son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele has been sentenced to 33 years in prison after being found guilty of laundering money for an alleged drug cartel. Edinho, full name Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, like his father was a soccer professional and played goalkeeper for the same team like his father, Santos.

    Edinho, who played goalkeeper and retired in the 1990s has had his share of run-ins with the law. His retirement came after a conviction of killing a motorcyclist although the decision was later overturned. He was first arrested in 2005 for drug trafficking offences and served a prison sentence.  (more…)

  • Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre

    Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto AlegreOfficially named Estádio José Pinheiro Borda, better known as Estadio Beira-Rio, is the biggest stadium in the south of Brazil and has a very rich history with the people of Porto Alegre. The stadium is the home of Internacional, arch-rivals to their Porto Alegre neighbours Gremio.

    History of Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre

    In 1956, the city of Porto Alegre donated the site on which Estadio Beira-Rio is located. The site is near the Guaiba river, giving rise to the mean of the stadium’s name in Portuguese, Riverside Stadium. The site had to be initially drained before construction could begin. Construction only began in 1959 due to the financial difficulties that Internacional was experiencing at the time. Internacional therefore relied heavily on their fans for contributions of building materials.  (more…)