Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador plays host to six
World Cup matches, including a quarter-final.
Salvador - Arena Fonte Nova
In the group stage, Salvador hosted fans from
Bosnia, France, Germany, Iran,
Portugal, Spain and
Switzerland; a total of seven European nations.
Salvador's first game is a repeat of the 2010 World Cup Final.
Salvador was established by the Portuguese on 29th March, 1549.
Salvador grew during the slave trade and it is thanks to the
Afro-descendents that Salvador has such an unique cultural richness today.
The African influence can be seen and felt all around Salvador de
Bahia; from the moves of capoeira to the beats of atabaques and the combination of the two
in the rites of the Candombl�.
Football in Salvador
Football fans in Salvador de Bahia support either Esporte Clube Bahia (Pitua�u) or Esporte Clube Vitoria (Barrad�o).
2014 World Cup Finals fixtures played at Arena Fonte Nova.
Friday, 13th June
Spain vs Netherlands (1:5)
Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal (4:0)
Friday, 20th June
Switzerland vs France (2:5)
Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Iran (3:1)
Tuesday, 1st July
Belgium vs USA (2:1aet)
Saturday, 5th July
Netherlands vs Costa Rica
(0:0aet - 4:3pens)
Road to The Final.
Salvador can be divided into Cidade Baixa (low) and Cidade Alta
(high), connected by the Elevador Lacerda
The biggest tourist attraction is the Pelourinho; the historical
centre of Salvador, in Cidade Alta. Its churches and colourful colonial buildings were
declared a UNESCO world heritage
site, in 1985.
The capital of the state of Bahia also has some wonderful beaches
nearby; although it is advised to avoid the more deserted ones, as you're never really
alone and daylight robberies are common.
Getting to Salvador
Salvador by Air
Luis Eduardo Magalh�es International Airport is located 28km away (via the Paralela
expressway) or 32km (via the coast).
Salvador by Bus
Salvador's long-distance bus station (Rodovi�ria de Salvador)
is on Av. Ant�nio Carlos Magalh�es, in Pernambu�s, 14km from downtown.
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2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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