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 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…)
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…)
She spoke with Prince Felipe about commercial relations between the two countries in a meeting in the Brazil’s capital, Brasilia.
During this, the first meeting with a foreign leader for Rousseff in her short history as Brazilian president, the heir to the Spanish throne handed her a letter from his father, King Juan Carlos, inviting her to visit Spain.
They agreed that the presence of Spanish companies in Brazil was ‘positive for both countries’ and should be increased, taking advantage of the business opportunities presented by the World Cup football tournament in 2014 and Olympic games in 2016, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s largest city and former capital until Brasilia took on this status in 1960.
They spoke about the possibilities of increasing military and defence cooperation; promoting Spanish language teaching in Brazil; Spain’s role in helping Brazil combat poverty, and job opportunities for Spanish people in Brazil.
Prince Felipe had the chance to meet with various Spanish expatriates in Brazil before his return to Madrid.