Where England plays

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Representatives from the Brazilian Tourist Board (Embratur) and England’s group stage host cities (Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Manaus),  were in London this week to explain where the host cities are and a little about them.

For those of you planning on going here is a summary background of each host city.

Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo

Itaquera Arena, Sao Paulo

São Paulo

Founded by a college of Jesuit priests for the catechisation of Indians in 1554, São Paulo is at present Brazil’s economic and financial centre. The city has the largest population in the country with 11.24 million inhabitants, and is also the wealthiest. São Paulo will hold the opening ceremony of the FIFA 2014 World Cup on 12th June, and five matches, including one of the quarter finals and a semi-final. The matches will be played in the Itaquera Arena, the home of Corinthians, one of the country’s most popular teams, which is being built in the Eastern Area of the city. The stadium will have capacity for 65,000 fans, with 120 boxes, 40 of them with capacity for 90 people, as well as restaurants and 3,500 parking spaces. The history of Brazilian football began in São Paulo, when the São Paulo resident Charles Miller brought two footballs from England in 1894. The city houses the Football Museum in the Pacaembu stadium. The Fan Fest will be held in Vale do Anhagabaú, the traditional mass meeting place in the city centre.

Mineirao Arena, Belo Horizonte

Mineirao Arena, Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte

The sixth largest state capital of Brazil in population terms has 2.37 million inhabitants. It was founded in 1897, and replaced Ouro Preto as the state capital. Surrounded by the Serra do Curral mountains, Belo Horizonte is renowned for the beauty of its architectural heritage, its rich choice of food and its artistic and cultural production. The matches of the FIFA 2014 World Cup will be played in the Mineirão stadium. In total, Mineirão will host six matches, one of which will be a semi-final. The stadium hosted matches during the Confederations Cup in June this year. The new Mineirão will have capacity for 64,000 fans, 80 boxes with 1,500 places and a VIP area with around 3,500 seats. The car park will have 2,521 spaces, of which 1,534 will be covered. The FIFA Fan Fest will be held at Praça da Estação, a traditional place for public meetings, in the central district of Belo Horizonte.

Manaus, Arena Amazonas during building

Manaus, Arena Amazonas during building


Situated in the heart of Brazilian Amazonia, Manaus is the sole representative of the Northern region of the country in the FIFA 2014 World Cup. The city is the gateway to Brazilian Amazonia, a gigantic reserve with over 4,000 square kilometres in nine Brazilian states. The Amazônia Arena will replace the Vivaldo Lima stadium and is inspired by elements of Amazonian culture, fauna and flora.  opened earlier this month, the upgrades to the stadium will give it a capacity of 44,000 although some sources suggest 46,000. The Fan Fest will be held at the Meeting of the Waters Memorial, a space created to publicise the phenomenon found when the Negro and Solimões rivers, tributaries to the Amazon mix. The dark transparent waters of the Negro River run alongside the muddy waters of the Solimões River for over 10 kilometres without mixing, owing to the difference in their temperatures and densities.

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