2014 World Cup: The Beautiful Game Returns to Brazil
The World Cup is returning to Brazil for the first time in 64 years this summer, and with 32 teams playing through a round-robin group and four knockout rounds, there are many games to fit into one month. Because of that, games will be played in venues in 12 different cities across Brazil – meaning that travelers to the World Cup will get a glimpse of the country’s diverse regions.
You’ll find games in major cities like Brasilia, and soccer hotbeds like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Brasilia was built as the nation’s new capital in 1960, and is home to attractions like the presidential palace – Palacio de Alvorada – and the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, the city’s most important contemporary museum.
Rio and Sao Paulo will be ready for hordes of soccer fans. They’re home to some of Brazil’s most famous and most beloved teams, including Flamengo, Fluminense, and Corinthians, and the World Cup Final will be played in the stadium Flamengo and Fluminense share, the Maracana.
You might end up in cities lesser known to the casual observer who hasn’t visited Brazil before, like Fortaleza and Porto Alegre. These two are very different cities. Fortaleza, in the north of Brazil, is a tourism hub, with beaches, fresh seafood, and nightclubs to enjoy, as well as the Centro Dragao do Mar de Arte e Cultura complex which houses theaters, museums, and even a planetarium.
Porto Alegre embodies Brazil’s melting pot, with influences from immigrants from Portugal, Italy, Germany, and Poland, in addition to the culture of local gauchos drawing from Argentina and Uruguay.
If you’re going to the World Cup, make sure you get to see some things outside of the stadium as well – it’ll be worth your while as, no matter where you are in Brazil, there is plenty to see and do.
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- Insights into Brazil’s World Cup dominance
- Travel resources for your visit to Brazil
- The best in Brazilian food and drinks
- Top attractions in each of the 12 host regions
- The best ways to get around in Brazil
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