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Rio de Janeiro Sports

Rio is unarguably a sport lovers paradise, from beach volley to hang gliding there is a wide array of activities for those who enjoy outdoors. Cariocas take body care seriously and you will note that the first time you visit the beach in Rio. Muscular men and sculptural women playing beach football, surfing or jogging at sunset are part of the typical Rio de Janeiro postcard.


Watch why Rio will host both the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 Football World Cup finals.

Football in Rio


If you like football games you´ll have the chance to watch a game in one the world´s most famous Stadiums, the Maracana. But that not all there is to see, you can also attend beach volley championships on the beach or go running around the Rodrigo Freitas lagoon.

2014 World Cup

Pele, Brazil's most famous football player

The 20th Football World Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will take place between June and July 2014 in Brazil.

Remember it is only called soccer in the US and in Rio, as the rest of Brazil, football, or "futebol", is serious business.

It will be the second time Brazil has hosted the competition. The first was 1950 FIFA World Cup. Therefore, Brazil will be the fifth country to have hosted two FIFA World Cups, joining Italy, Mexico, Germany and France. There has not been a World Cup in South America since the Argentina´s 1978 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA has authorised a 12-city plan to stage the matches: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. The main stadium for the finals will be, of course, the famous Maracana Stadium. If Brazil wins the final game and you like parties, then Rio is the place you should be.
In 2008, the Transportation Ministry of Brazil announced a high-speed train project for the world cup, the TAV RJ-SP, which will connect Campinas, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Its estimated cost is US$11 billion.

2014 finals will be a one in a life time opportunity to enjoy the celebration of football in the country where it is a religion. Brazilians will be a show in themselves, with that party disposition that they are famous for. It will definitively be one of the best world cups to travel to (and, most likely see Brazilians celebrate over and over again). 64 years ago, when the last world cup was held in Brazil, the hosts lost in the final to Uruguay. Another defeat will send the country into mourning, but a win will trigger the biggest party on Earth.


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