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2014 World Cup Brazil - Host city Belo Horizonte   

Quick facts about Belo Horizonte:

Belo Horizonte means 'Beautiful Horizon' and is Brazil's 6th largest city - with the 3rd largest metropolitan area. The city is located in the south east of the country, around 200 miles from the sea, and has a population of over 2.4 million.

The city is built on a series of hills that are surrounded by part of the Espinhaco mountain chain. The highest point in Belo Horizonte rises above 5000 ft.

The best of the city's nightlife can be found in the famous Savassi district, where you can find numerous bars and clubs, sophisticated restaurants and boutique hotels. Also worth a mention is the Pampulha district with its array of contemporary architecture and cultural landmarks. A man made lagoon and extensive gardens can also be found here.

Belo Horizonte's climate is mild throughout the year with warm wet summers and cooler dry winters. The coldest period is between June and August when 2014 World Cup matches will be played in the city.

Belo Horizonte 2014 World Cup matches

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Belo Horizonte World Cup stadium

The Mineirao is the second largest stadium in Brazil, after the Maracana. In 1997 a crowd of 132,834 crammed in to watch a match between Cruzeiro and Villa Nova. In 2004 the capacity was reduced on the insistence of FIFA to a safer 72,000. Refurbishments for the 2014 World Cup will reduce the capacity further to just under 70,000.

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Belo Horizonte is serviced by two main airports. The Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport is the largest and is 25 miles north of the city centre. Regular buses and shuttles compliment the taxi service for passenger transfers. A 100 million refurbishment is planned before the 2014 World Cup.

Belo Horizonte Airport, officially known as Pampulha - Carlos Drummond de Andrade Airport was a bustling, overcrowded airport until the local government decided to move most of the traffic to The Tancredo Neves Airport. Today, Pampulha handles small internal flights. The airport is just 5 miles from the city centre.

The Belo Horizonte Metro system runs one line, servicing 19 stations. There are plans to extend the service to take in the Savassi and Pampulha districts and to better connect it to the extensive bus service that operates in the city.

 

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