Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro plays host to
seven World Cup matches, including the 2014 World Cup Final.
Rio de Janeiro - Estadio do Maracana
In the group stage, Rio de hosted welcomes fans from
Bosnia, Chile, Ecuador, France, Russia and
When Portuguese explorer Gaspar de Lemos sailed into what is now
called Guanabara Bay, on New Year's Day in 1502, he thought it was the mouth of a river;
hence the given name of Rio de Janeiro (January River).
Rio de Janeiro itself was founded by Estacio de Sa - on 1st March,
1565 - and became the political capital of Brazil from 1764 to 1960; when it was replaced
by purpose-built Brasilia.
Football in Rio
Football is almost like a religion to the cariocas of Rio de Janeiro;
on a par with Samba. Jairzinho, Zico, Romario and Ronaldo are some of the famous names to
have learnt their skills on the sandy beaches.
Four of Brazil's most popular
football clubs are based in Rio: Botafogo, Fluminense, Vasco da Gama and Flamengo.
Estadio do Maracana
The Maracana is undoubtedly one
of the most famous football stadiums in the world and is Rios second most popular
Even Wembley, in its heyday, could never hold 200,000 fans.
2014 World Cup Finals fixtures played at Estadio do Maracana.
Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina
Wednesday, 18th June
Spain vs Chile (0:2)
Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia (1:0)
Wednesday, 25th June
Ecuador vs France (0:0)
Saturday, 28th June
Colombia vs Uruguay (2:0)
Friday, 4th July
France vs Germany (0:1)
Sunday, 13th July
2014 World Cup Final
Germany vs Argentina
Road to The Final.
in Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro may not be the capital of Brazil but it is the home
of Samba and Brazil's most popular tourist destination.
The highlights of Rio's events calendar include New Year's Eve on
Copacabana Beach and Carnival in the Sambodromo.
While most visitors to Rio de Janeiro will want to see the iconic
sights of Sugarloaf Mountain - to the left of Copacabana - and the statue of Christ the
Redeemer, on top of Corcovado Mountain, getting to know Rio means meeting the locals.
As most of the tourists head to Copacabana and Ipanema, try Catete -
the area around Flamengo Beach - and Lapa, for a real Carioca experience.
Rio Tourist Guide:
Tourist information booths around Rio de Janeiro.
Suggestions of things to see in Rio de Janeiro from the Brazilian Government.
Rio Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The State of Rio de Janeiro Tourism Authority.
Getting to Rio de Janeiro
Rio by Air
Most flights to Rio de Janeiro land at Gale�o
International Airport (Antonio Carlos Jobim); 20km away.
Rio by Bus
The long-distance bus terminal, Rodoviaria Novo Rio, is
located in the Santo Cristo neighbourhood.
Brazil tourist information with details about travel to and around the country. Where to
stay and what to see is made easier with insider tips and hand-selected Brazil links, by
dedicated editors and visitors to TravelNotes.org - The Online Guide to Travel.
2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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