Destination: Brazil 2014

Rio de Janeiro

Before Brazil saw the arrival of European sailors on its land, the country already had a number of groups of native Indians residing all over the country such as Arawak and Carib. A Spanish Navigator… Read more..

Arena da Baixada

Home to Atlético Paranaense The historic Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães, commonly referred to as Arena da Baixada is home to the famous Brazilian football club Atlético Paranaense. The stadium is… Read more..

World Cup Blog & News

Keeping an Eye on World Cup Qualifying Odds

14.08.15 News
The qualifying rounds for the upcoming World Cup 2018 are in full swing and so are the books for the odds on some of the best international soccer around. The BBC reports that the 2018 World Cup… Read more..
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Betting on sports

15.08.13 World Cup Blog
Nowadays, online betting is one of the most popular ways to bet to your favorite soccer teams all around the world. You can either enter your betting picks before the start of a match (or even more)… Read more..

Estadio das Dunas

Written by Sebastien on 20 November 2012. Posted in Stadiums

Need to go modern

The Estadio Joao Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado, better known as the Machadão was the biggest stadium in the Natal region. The leading teams of Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, are ABC, Alecrim and America. No representative of Natal has made it to the Brazilian top league since America in 2007. So, when the opportunity to host World Cup 2014 matches was presented to the city, it was clear that a modern, bigger and grander arena was required to satiate the conditions that accompany an event of such global magnitude as the World Cup.

Vital Stats

The solution was to demolish both the Machadão and the neighbouring Humberto Nesi sports hall, known as the Machadinho, to make way for a new stadium complex, the Estadio das Dunas. Work on the new stadium was started in 2011. The arena is one of the World Cup stadiums that has progressed the slowest. By May 2012, under a quarter of the total work on the stadium was completed and it is expected to be ready only by December 2013, a mere six months before the World Cup. It is scheduled to host four group matches during the 2014 World Cup. The Arena das Dunas will have a seating capacity of 33,000 and another 10,000 seats will be added exclusively for the World Cup purpose. The design is by architecture firm Populous. The budget for the arena is around R$417 million which will almost be funded entirely by the federal government.

Arena of the dunes

The design of the stadium resembles closely to the most impressive natural attraction of the Natal region, the sand dunes. Its name also relates to the same dunes. The stadium will have an asymmetric shape which is inspired by the sand dunes. The similarity is acquired by designing the upper tier and roof in the shape of petals. The space between these petals allows the on-shore sea breezes to flow into the stadium, while the roof shades them from the sun. The petals are linked to each other by continuous concourse. It is expected to be one of the most impressive stadiums in the world when it's doors will be opened for World Cup 2014.

World Cup History latest news

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1986 Mexico World Cup

The 1986 FIFA World Cup took place in Mexico. It started on the 31st of May and ended on 29th of June. Initially the competition was supposed to be held in Columbia, as decided in 1978. Four years… Read more..
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1994 USA World Cup

Passionate Response The 15th edition of the World Cup, held in the United States is regarded as the most successful staging of the tournament. The average attendance per match of 69000 is a record… Read more..

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