• 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 Amazônia in Manaus

    Arena Amazônia in Manaus
    Built to serve as one of the host venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Arena Amazônia has drawn a lot of attention in the run up to the tournament. The impressive stadium was built as a replacement of the city’s old main stadium, Vivaldão stadium.  (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…)