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    Sao Paolo

    Sao Paolo

    Counted among the largest cities in the world, the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo has got about 11 million inhabitants and is the largest city in the country. It is also the birthplace of Brazilian football as this is where the Englishman Charles Miller started to propagate the game for the first time.

    Do not worry, the large city will give you plenty to do before and after matches as well. There are numerous exhibitions and concerts all the time and you can choose from over 10 thousand restaurants if you want to sample Brazilian cuisine.

    Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo

    One if the five new stadiums built especially for the World Cup is the Arena de Sao Paulo or Arena Corinthians. Although, there were some serious problems around the construction of the future home ground of the Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, everything seems to be OK now. The venue will give home to the opening game on June 12, a match between Brazil and Croatia.

    Arena Corinthians under construction

    Arena Corinthians under construction ©copagov/Flickr

    The stadium is located in the Itaquera neighborhood, in the eastern part of the city and has a capacity to host 68 thousand spectators.

    Matches in Sao Paulo

    After the opening, the World Cup will not return to the city for a week. But you can find all matches of the knockout stage below in the table. One of the round of 16 matches and the second semi-final will also take place here.

    Knockout matches in Sao paulo
     Date Time Team 1 Team 2
    June 12 17:00 Brazil flag Brazil Croatia flag Croatia
    June 19 16:00 Uruguay flag Uruguay England flag England
    June 23 13:00 Netherlands flag Netherlands Chile flag Chile
    June 26 17:00 Korea Republic flag Korea Republic Belgium flag Belgium

    Cheap Sao Paulo hotels

    We have also searched for affordable accommodations for you, for the time of each match from the table above, and here are the cheapest hotels we have found. Click on the name of the hotel to find it.

    Sao Paulo Hotel deals
    Hotel name Check-in/
    Nightly rate
    Plumas Motel June 12 2014/
    June 13 2014
    Giramondo Hostel June 19 2014/
    June 20 2014
    Estrela da Agua Fria June 23 2014/
    June 24 2014
    Plumas Motel June 26 2014/
    June 27 2014

    Traveling to the city

    The city of Sao Paulo is served by two airports, Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport and Congonhas-Sao Paulo Airport. The second one mainly deals with domestic flights but if you are arriving from the United States, Canada or Europe, you will be flying into Guarulhos Airport.

    Guarulhos Airport

    Guarulhos Airport in sunset ©Andre Manoel/Flickr

    Airlines flying here from North America include Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines and US Airways.

    If you are traveling to Sao Paulo to the 2014 World Cup from Europe or the Middle East, you can fly with major airlines (mostly flag carriers) such as British Airways, Lufthansa, AirFrance, Alitalia, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Quatar Airways and more.

    You have every chance to find great flights for the match of your favorite team, you just have to make the bookings well in time. There will be loads of people traveling to Sao Paulo for the World Cup, so it is wise to think about airfares and accommodation as early as possible.

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