2014 World Cup Brazil Curiosities

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2014 World Cup Brazil Curiosities

  1. 1. Official host city posters
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. BRAZUCA 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
  5. 5. - 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 the city. • Natal – major tourist destination and the safest capital city in Brazil. • Recife – home of “Frevo” a unique and local type of carnaval music and dance that makes impossible not to watch. • 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 colonial rule). • 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 impressive megalópolis. • 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 the country. • 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Embrace your inner Brazilian, learn the language and get ready for the PARTY!

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