Posts Tagged ‘brasilia’

Stadiums of the Confederation Cup 2013

June 12, 2012

FIFA announced the stadiums of Confederations Cup 2013, which should be a reherseal for the FIFA World Cup.

Update, November 2012: see the schedule of the Confederations Cup.

The Confederations Cup takes place one year before the Cup, and is disputed by eight countries: the host country,  the champion of the previous World Cup (Spain), and each of the winner of the six Continental Cups.

Ideally, all the twelve stadia should be ready for the Confederations Cup; by staging an actual match, the stadium would be tested as to its infrastructure (pitch, seats, illumination) and its functionality (ways of access, tickets control, parking area, etc).

However, six of the twelve stadiums are already excluded from the Confederations Cup.

Four stadiums are confirmed: the National Stadium, in Brasilia (will host the opening match, and only that one); Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro (will host the final match); Mineirao, in Belo Horizonte; and Castelao, in Fortaleza.

FIFA will visit two other stadiums before the end of this year to confirm whether or not they will be ready for the Confederations: Arena Pernambuco, in Recife, and Fonte Nova, in Salvador.

Recife and Salvador are running to get their stadiums ready; the Confederations Cup will see some great matches (maybe Brazil x Spain or Brazil x England – or whichever other country wins the Eurocup), and will draw the attention of the World.

Hosting the Confederations Cup will bring exposure, free marketing and a lot of business for the host cities.


Stadiums of World Cup Brazil 2014

March 4, 2012

The posts below bring information about each of the twelve stadiums which will stage matches of the World Cup Brazil 2014.

Last updated: December 2012.

Each post brings or will bring:
– Name, capacity and location of the stadium
– Official name, and origins of name
– the designer and the constructor of the stadium
– photos and images of the stadium, including: artistic images of the project, photos of the old stadium, photos of the new stadium being built
– when available, photos of the stadiums during the Cup, as well as the teams which will be performing there.

The Stadiums and respective locations are:

Use the comments below to send comments and suggestions.

National Stadium Mane Garrincha – Brasilia

February 27, 2012

City: Brasilia.

Capacity: 71,400 attendants.

Official name: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha (National Stadium Mane Garrincha).
Origin of name: Brasilia is the Federal Capital of Brazil, hence many official buildings are called National, such as the National Theatre Claudio Santoro, National Museum Honestino Guimaraes and National Library.
Mane Garrincha was a famous and popular Brazilian football player (he was a star in the World Cups of 1958 and 1962); he was nicknamed the Joy of the People, and many consider Garrincha better than Pele. Garrincha was not born and never lived in Brasilia.

Design: Castro Mello Arquitetos.
It’s worth notice that most of the National monuments in Brasilia were designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the man who designed Brasilia. According to law, Niemeyer, who’s still alive, should be heard to give opinions on the design of the new stadium, if he so wanted, but he gave it up.

Constructors: Andrade Gutierrez (also working in the Arena Amazonia, in Manaus) and Via Engenharia.
Total area: 120.000 m²
Constructed area: 214.000 m²

Estimated cost: R$ 671 million.

Matches and Teams: Brasilia will host seven matches, including the match for third place. The only other stadium to host seven matches is Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro, which will stage also the final match of the World Cup; all other cities will host less than seven matches.
The teams are yet to be defined. It is already known, though, that the Brazilian team will play at least one match in Brasilia (a second match, only if playing for the third place).
Below, the dates of the matches; teams will be published as soon as they become known.
June 15th 2014 (Sunday):
June 19th 2014 (Thursday):
June 23rd 2014 (Monday): Brazil x
June 26th 2014 (Thursday):
June 30th 2014 (Monday): Round of 16
July 5th 2014 (Saturday): Quarter final
July 12th 2014 (Saturday): Match for third place

Map of Mane Garrincha stadium.

More Photos of Mane Garrincha National Stadium.

Above: in May 2011, the whole stadium was to be imploded, but, even after two attempts, part of the structure remained standing, and had to be demolished with tractors.

Above: November 2012. The photo shows how redish the Brasilia soil is. In the background, one can see the TV Tower (center of image) and the twin buildings of the Brazilian Congress.

Photo above: January 2012.

More information:
» World Cup in Brasilia (also in Portuguese).
» World Cup in Brazil.