WORLD CUP BRAZIL DATES AND TICKETS
A few weeks ago FIFA announced the soccer schedule for the World Cup 2014. The world cup will commence June 12th 2014 in Sao Paulo, and will host the final on July 13th 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. Tickets are already on sale as of November 2011, so make sure to plan ahead to get the best deals. Click here for the complete match schedule.
PORTUGUESE BLOG IS GOING TO THE WORLD CUP
If you are going to the world cup and need advice about anything, from what bars to hang out in to where would be the best place to stay, let me know. I’d be happy to help out. I personally can’t wait for the games to start, I’ll be there and if you read this blog, i would be glad to have a beer with you in brazil, anyone is welcome to join the party! Can’t wait!
A GUIDE TO BRAZILIAN SOCCER STADIUMS
In preparation for the world cup in 2014, (and because brazil is obsessed with futebol,) there are massive construction projects currently underway around the country. Here’s a cool guide to the newest (and newly rennovated) brazilian futebol stadiums:
Stadium: Arena de São Paulo. Capacity: 68,000 people. Cost: R$890 million, construction started on May 30th2011.
RIO DE JANEIRO
Stadium: Estádio Maracanã. Capacity: 76,000 people. Cost: R$931 million.
Stadium: Arena Pantanal. Nickname: Verdão (Big Green). Capacity: 64,000 people. Cost: R$463 million. This stadium is being built all on sustainable and environmental friendly resources. It is also being built to adapt to large shows and events after the world cup.
Stadium: Estádio das Dunas. Capacity: 45,000 people. Cost: R$400 million. The old stadium Machadão is being demolished for the new stadium to be built.
Stadium: Arena Fonte Nova. Capacity: 60,000 people. Cost: R$591 million. The old stadium Octávio Mangabeira is being demolished for construction for the new stadium to start.
Stadium: Estádio Mineirão. Capacity: 64,500 people. Cost: R$665.7 million. This stadium is the most advanced of all, and is already on the second phase of construction and should finalize by the end of 2012. This stadium is foreseen to host the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Stadium: Estádio Castelão. Capacity: 44,300 people. Cost: R$518 million. This stadium is undergoing a heavy renovation and is being designed by architects who were inspired by South Africa’s stadiums.
Stadium: Arena da Amazônia. Capacity: 42,000 people. Cost: R$499 million. This stadium could possibly be named the main stadium of the world cup. The current stadium Vivaldo Lima will be demolished to build the new Arena da Amazônia.
Stadium: Arena Pernambuco. Capacity: 46,000 people. Cost: R$465 million
Stadium: Estádio Nacional. Capacity: 50,000 people. Cost: R$745.3 million. This stadium is competing with Manaus to be the main stadium of the world cup.
Stadium: Estádio Beira-Rio. Capacity: 61,000 people. Cost: R$290 million. This stadium needs very little renovation compared to the others; it’s already in very good shape.
Stadium: Arena da Baixada. Capacity: 43,600 people. Cost: R$190 million