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…)
Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state Minas Gerais in Brazil. “Beautiful Horizon” is the meaning of “Belo Horizonte”. This city is usually known as “BH” or “Beagá”. Belo Horizonte was created to replace the old capital (Ouro Preto). Belo Horizonte is one among those cities in Brazil, which were planned before their constructions. Infact it’s a city that was planned. In addition because of its neoclassic and modern day’s new features, Belo Horizonte could be known for its urban planning and for its buildings in Brazil.
Visitors or tourists shouldn’t forget to visit the “Pampulha Center”. This is the site from the very initial revolutionary works associated with Oscar Niemeyer & Cândido Portinari, the well known architects of Brazil, also by the world famous landscaper Burle Marx and sculptor maker Ceschiatti. The chapel of São Francisco de Assis is also a nice place to visit. “The Yatch Club”, “the Art gallery of Belo Horizonte (Arts Museum)”, the memorial of Iemanjá, the Academy of Dance, Juscelino Kubitschek’s house, Zoo-Botanical Foundation, as well as the Mineirão and also Mineirinho stadiums, are the historical heritages of “Belo Horizonte”. (more…)
From the second it starts until its final dramatic moments, each FIFA World Cup™ is encapsulated by its own specific identity, a unique image that is projected around the world. An essential component of this image is obviously the Official Emblem which forms the cornerstone of the event’s brand identity. For all those involved with the tournament in the years leading up to its launch it is also a unique reference point. From the fans to the commercial affiliates and every single piece of event merchandise, this emblem symbolises the association with football’s flagship event and lives on long after it is over, logged in the bank of memories of everyone involved. The winning nation’s especially.
The role of the Official Emblem is to provide a strong, visual representation of both the event and the host country. Though designing this can be a challenging task. As was the case at the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when FIFA and the Brazil Local Organising Committee (LOC) had to consider how to characterise a nation as colourful and vibrant as Brazil – a country with a rich traditional cultural heritage, yet rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most modern and influential economies. (more…)