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2014 World Cup Brazil - Host city Rio de Janeiro   

Quick facts about Rio de Janeiro:

Rio is Brazil's second largest city and is nicknamed 'Cidade Maravilhosa', or 'The marvellous city'.

Rio de Janeiro gets its name from the first Europeans to land here. A Portuguese expedition first encountered Guanabara Bay on January 1st 1502 and named the the city 'January River' - Rio de Janeiro in Portuguese.

Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere, well known for its carnivals, beaches, and the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain - named one of the new seven wonders of the world.

In 2016 Rio de Janeiro will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympic Games.

The world famous Maracana Stadium is located in the city. Currently closed for development, the stadium will boast a capacity of around 85,000 for the 2014 World Cup.

Over 6 million people live in Rio de Janeiro where the locals are known as Cariocas. The local people are known for their love of beaches, parties, sun and sea. The women are famous for their tanned skin and athletic bodies.

Rio has a tropical wet and dry climate characterised by warm temperatures all year round and a pronounced wet season. World Cup matches - expected to be played in June and July - will take place in the drier period.

Rio de Janeiro 2014 World Cup matches

To be confirmed

Rio de Janeiro World Cup stadium

The iconic Maracana Stadium will stage 2014 World Cup games in Rio de Janeiro. The stadium will be refurbished and upgraded to seat 85,000 fans. The stadium is expected to host the World Cup final for the second time. It's hoped that the renovations will be completed in time for the 2013 Confederations Cup.

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Rio is serviced mainly by the Rio de Janeiro-Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport - more commonly known as just the Galeao International Airport. The airport is around 20 kms north of downtown Rio, with taxis and a regular bus service running into the city. Major renovations are expected at the airport before the World Cup.

Santos Dumont Airport is much closer to Rio city centre but handles mainly short to medium haul, mostly internal flights. Nervy fliers may not like landing here - Rio's second airport is famous for having some of the smallest runways on which large aircraft can safely land. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup, over 50 million will be spent improving facilities at the airport.

Getting around in Rio de Janeiro is best done on public transport. The local bus service runs all over the city but is not considered as safe as the Rio de Janeiro Metro underground train service - especially at night. An old tram service also runs in downtown Rio. The overland suburban train service to and from Rio and the surrounding cities is the SuperVia.




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