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2014 World Cup Brazil - Host city Sao Paulo   

Quick facts about Sao Paulo:

Sao Paulo is not just the largest city in Brazil. It's the largest city in the whole of the Southern hemisphere with 12 million people living within the city limits.

The population explosion in Sao Paulo has caused numerous problems. Sao Paulo has the largest number of Shanty towns in Brazil (known as favelas), poor air quality, polluted rivers, congestion and a poorly maintained infrastructure. Crime is on the decline however, with crime rates falling steadily since the turn of the century.

There is no shortage of places to eat in Sao Paulo. The city is famous for its diverse cuisine and there are over 12,000 restaurants from which to choose. Tourist destinations and things to see include the Interlagos Formula 1 circuit, the impressive neo-gothic Sao Paulo Cathedral and Paulista Avenue - where numerous important cultural centres and museums can be found.

If you want a bit of retail therapy during your World Cup trip, Sao Paolo will not disappoint. The Centro Comercial Leste Aricanduva is the largest shopping centre in Latin America. Sao Paulo also boasts one of the most luxurious shopping streets in the world. The famous Rua Oscar Freire is full of designer boutiques and sophisticated restaurants.

Sao Paulo has a humid subtropical climate but this classification doesn't tell the whole story. the weather in Sao Paulo can be unreliable and inconsistent. During the winter months, when World Cup matches will be played in the city, temperatures have been known to drop close to freezing. Snow was even reported once in Sao Paulo in June, although record high temperatures in winter have approached 30 degrees Celsius.

Sao Paulo 2014 World Cup matches

To be confirmed

Sao Paulo World Cup stadium

A new stadium will be built in Sao Paulo for the 2014 World Cup. The New Corinthians Stadium has a planned capacity of 48,000 and is expected to hold the World Cup opening ceremony.  

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Sao Paulo's main airport is the Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport. Guarulhos is Brazil's busiest airport and connects Sao Paulo to more than 30 countries. The airport is located 16 miles from the city centre. A huge investment plan is planned for the airport to upgrade facilities in time for the 2014 World Cup.

The Sao Paulo Metro underground subway system is clean, modern and safe. The Metro is well connected to the bus network and overground suburban train system that connects the greater metropolitan area to the city - making getting around Sao Paulo a relatively easy task. There are some problems with overcrowding but further improvements are planned to add more stations and connections.

 

 

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