• 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…)

  • Arena das Dunas Stadium in Natal

    Arena das DunasThe 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…)

  • Castelão Stadium in Fortaleza

    Castelão Stadium in FortalezaThe 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…)

  • Top 5 youngest player to watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

    Top 5 youngest player to watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup - Paul PogbaWith 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…)

  • 10 Tourist Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

    CopacabanaFrom 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.

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