A soccer player balancing the ball on the back of his neck.
What else do you see here?
His silhouette forms a heart, symbolizing the Cariocas love of soccer.
Each layer represents the iconic symbols of Rio: the beach, the
mountains, the Sugarloaf peak, the sea and the sky.
The mascot is called “Tatu-bola”,
which in Portuguese means
Armadillo ball, because he can
curl into a ball.
This guy is found only in Brazil.
Is the name of the 2014 World Cup ball.
But what is the meaning?
It is a slang for Brazilians and all things Brazilian, such as
the language – Brazilian Portuguese
- Host cities • Manaus – hosts one of the coolest stadiums, Arena
Amazônia, a sustainable project inspired by the rainforest
• Fortaleza – which means fortress in Portuguese, was ruled
by the Dutch(1630-1654). You will find amazing beaches near
• Natal – major tourist destination and the safest capital city
• Recife – home of “Frevo” a unique and local type of
carnaval music and dance that makes impossible not to
• Salvador – famous for Carnaval, beautiful beaches and rich
history. The Fonte Nova stadium is centrally located, near the
famous Pelourinho (the historic city center during Portuguese
• Brasília – capital of Brazil, was listed as a world heritage
site due to its modernist architecture.
• Cuiabá – sits in the geographic center of South America.
Not far from the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland.
• Belo Horizonte – also known as Beagá, is the third largest
city in Brazil. Nearby colonial towns of Ouro Preto e
Tiradentes are worth a visit.
• São Paulo – cultural and gastronomic hub, a vibrant and
• Rio de Janeiro – postcard of Brazil, with iconic and
breathtaking sites. Home of samba and bossa nova. The
Maracanã stadium will host the final match
• Curitiba – Brazil’s green capital and the most sustainable in
• Porto Alegre – means Happy Harbour in English. This city
boasts a subtropical climate and shares cultural traits with
Uruguay, such as drinking of the chimarrão.
Resembling a traditional indigenous basket, the
Arena Amazônia is a sustainable project. Plant
screens control the temperature in the stadium,
and its roof drains the rain.
Embrace your inner Brazilian, learn the language
and get ready for the PARTY!