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.
With just over a month remaining until the spectacle that will be held in Brazil, the nation makes its final plans to stadiums, infrastructure and security. If you are attending the tournament and have completed your itinerary or are in the process of doing so, take heed of these 5 things to ensure you have an amazing FIFA 2014 World Cup experience. (more…)
With the final countdown to the greatest sporting event on the planet entering the home stretch, fans of all 32 teams are beginning to whey up their options of picking up the illustrious trophy as all 32 provisional squads have been announced. England and Brazil have already named their final 23 man squads with the rest of the participating nations having up until the 2nd of June. With a spectacular event expected fans and bookies alike have begun to name their favourites for the FIFA World Cup 2014. Is it the fallen generation rising again, the experienced kings or the dark horse? We will find out in just a few weeks at the World Cup in Brazil. (more…)
Mineirão Stadium, officially called Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto was officially opened on 5 September 1965. The stadium took 5 years to build and was a culmination of the architectural work of Oscar Niemeyer. The sheer beauty of the stadium cannot be ignored and its listing by the Heritage Council of Belo Horizonte is a testament. Upon its erection the stadium was set to host local teams Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro was projected to hold a massive amount of 130 000 spectators. The record attendance for the venue stands at a staggering 132 834 set on 22 June 1997 in a match between Cruzeiro and Villa Nova. (more…)
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is now less than a month away, with final squads being announced and more specific details about the tournament being announced. With so much information coming in it all seems a little too much to take in. We have therefore taken the liberty to gather the 15 most important facts you will need to know about Brazil.
15 Facts about the World Cup 2014 in Brazil
#1 The most important thing to know are the countries participating in the tournament. By regional groupings qualifying as follows: (more…)
Planning on travelling to Brazil for the FIFA 2014 World Cup and are still making the crucial plans but have not secured your visa yet. No need to worry there is still time, not much but enough. Here are 5 easy steps to help you with obtaining your visa.
How to get a visa for Brazil?
Step 1- Visit the nearest consulate to ensure that you need a visa if you have any doubts.
If a consulate is too far then use a visa service or agency. Note be taken that the consulate will not allow applications via mail when you make your application submission. (more…)