From dancing in Sao Paulo to swimming with dolphins in an Amazon city we have taken a closer look at the World Cup Football cities and their awesome stadiums. Find out what makes Brazil so special - and why it's the place football calls home.
Rio de Janeiro is well known as the carnival capital of Brazil hosting its world famous carnival that lasts for five days. This together with its laidback culture, parties a plenty plus its breathtaking landscape makes Rio one of the best tourist attractions in the world. Add a football World Cup and its perfect!
In 2016, Brazil will once again be in the spotlight by hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics with sportsmen and women once again taking in all the beauty and intrigue that oozes out of the amazing country. No wonder it’s the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere.
Recife is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. It’s is a coastal metropolis of beaches and rivers and has given Brazil some of its most influential artists, writers and musicians. As one of the 12 proud cities to be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, playing soccer on any of its beaches should be the norm during the 2014 World Cup.
Brasilia is the power base of Brazil and home to the national government. Even though only being formed in 1960 after just four years of building work it is the capital of Brazil. The enormous 72,000-seater stadium was completely rebuilt for the 2014 World Cup and cost over £274 million. But we have to agree that this striking stadium was worth every penny.
Manaus is nestled in the heart of the world's largest rainforest, the Amazon. The stadium was inspired by the Amazon rainforest, which encircles the city, its latticed structure was designed to resemble a traditional indigenous basket.
Manaus is hot, humid and friendly and as the locals say, there are only two seasons: a rainy summer and a dry summer. Although Manaus does host many local festivals, due the fact that it’s so isolated there aren’t any real big events – which is why the enthusiasm over the Cup is more pronounced here than in many of the other host cities.
Salvador is Brazil’s African soul. Salvador is one of the world’s great musical places and home of Capoeira and where samba was born in the hearts, hips, hands and feet. No wonder playing football comes so naturally with all that natural rhythm. One end of the stadium is completely open, which boasts a stunning view of the city's small lake and, at night, the twinkling lights of the favelas.
São Paulo is the birthplace of Brazilian football and the home of Charles Miller, a British descendent who presented the game to the city in 1894. Football is in Sao Paulo blood, in its streets and in the air – where ‘Paulistas’ not only work hard but know exactly how to play hard too. Once you have left the stadium you will need to travel 20km to the nearest bar – but it will definitely worth it as the bar is crammed full of football covering almost every square inch of the bar.
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