Thursday, September 1, 2011

The opening match of the Brazilian World Cup will be in Sao Paulo

Project of the brand new Itaquerão Stadium (under contruction)
According to the newspaper Estadão, São Paulo will be the city chosen for the World Cup 2014 opening game. FIFA does not have an alternative option. Although Joseph Blatter has indicated Rio as the venue of the event, Rio de Janeiro didn't apply to host the opening game. The FIFA congress that is going to happen in Zurich on October 20 and 21, São Paulo city will be announced as the address of the first game of the World 2014.

FIFA's decision takes into account the infrastructure of the city, hotel accommodation, transport and airports. As well as the agility of state and municipal governments to set the stadium building. Belo Horizonte and Brasilia, are also trying to host the opening match, but both do not have the same structure of São Paulo.

"Sao Paulo is most well-structured city in Brazil", said Emanuel Fernandes, state secretary of planning. In the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, there is only São Paulo as alternative.

Live: construction of the Itaquerão Stadium

Itaquerão Stadium
Itaquerão is the name of the stadium which is currently under contruction in São Paulo. June 13 of 2014 is set to be the first World Cup match. The great Brazilian World Cup opening event is scheduled for June 12, 2014.

Related link: São Paulo can host 6 matches in the 2014 World Cup and bring around 500 thousand people to the city

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