Published on February 18, 2014
Official host city posters
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.
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
- 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.
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!
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