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    Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro

    The famous Brazilian city is one of the 12 locations in the country that will host matches doring the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Almost 6.5 million people live in Rio de Janeiro and an additional 3 million tourists come to visit the city every year.

    If you travel to Rio to see a football match, you will see that this sport is essential to the everyday life of the people. The youngest kids already play it on the dusty streets and in parks you can see men of every ages kicking the ball, it is rather captivating!

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    The iconic Estadio do Maracana

    The freshly renovated Estadio do Maracana was built for the 1950 World Cup that was also held in the country and hosted the final between the national teams of Uruguay and Brazil. In the arena there is room for almost 77 thousand people, a fact that also makes Estadio do Maracana the largest stadium in Brazil.

    Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro

    Estadio do Maracana ©jfjwak/Flickr

    This time the stadium will host 7 matches, more than any other of the 12 venues and it will also give home – again – to the Final of the championship on July 13.

    Matches hosted by Rio de Janeiro

    As we have mentioned before, the Final of the World Championship will be played in the city and another 6 matches, out of which the below four are kickouts:

    Rio’s knockout matches
     Date Time Team 1 Team 2
    June 15 19:00 Argentina flag Argentina Bosnia and Herzegovina flag Bosnia and
    Herzegovina
    June 18  16:00  Spain flag Spain  Chile flag Chile 
    June 22 13:00 Russia flag Russia Belgium flag Belgium
    June 25  17:00  Ecuador flag Ecuador  France flag France 

    Where to stay in Rio

    One has to admit, traveling to Brazil plus buying the ticket to a match can get pretty expensive, so we would like to help you out with some cheap accommodation in the city. We have found the cheapest hotel for the time of each football game played in Rio, you just have to click it to find more details and book:

    Rio Hotel deals
    Hotel name Check-in/
    Check-out
    Nightly rate
    Chale da Montanha June 15 2014/
    June 16 2014
    $131 
    Chale da Montanha June 18 2014/
    June 19 2014 
    $88 
    Hotel Sambaetiba June 22 2014/
    June 23 2014 
    $155 
    Residencial Guirlanda June 25 2014/
    June 26 2014 
    $134 

    Flying to Rio de Janeiro


    The city is served by the Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport and Santos Dumont Airport. The first one is the main airport of the city and it is located 12 miles north of downtown Rio. Major airlines flying here from the United States include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, UN Airways and United Airlines.

    If you can, definitely go see a World Cup game in Rio de Janeiro, or travel for a football match to Sao Paulo or visit any other of the 12 host cities. The 2014 World Championship is going to be epic! :)

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