Rio de Janeiro unveils the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic look

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With now less than two years until the start of the Rio Olympics on 5 August 2016, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has launched and unveiled the new “look” for the Games.

The look will become familiar over the coming years and at the games itself as it will be used to decorate and enhance the sports facilities and the city, in addition to appearing on tickets, uniforms, credentials, licensed products, stores and more.

People that know Rio well will recognise many of the city’s famous landmarks that have been woven into the colourful design.

The new image, the organisers say, was inspired by Brazil, Brazilians and Rio de Janeiro:  “The look is multicoloured and vibrant as the harmonic diversity of our people. The look is organic and engaging like an embrace, inspired by our lush nature and human warmth. It brings fluid and energetic features, like our art, our identity.”

The games has also unveiled the logos to be used by the cities hosting the Olympic football tournament. As well as Rio de Janeiro (Maracanã) they include the World Cup host cities and stadiums of Belo Horizonte (Mineirão), Brasilia (Mané Garrincha), Salvador (Fonte Nova) and São Paulo (Arena de São Paulo).

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Down to last four host cities

cropped-bcmf-091-arq-pe-img-025-r02.jpgAs we reach the semi-final phase of the World Cup there are just four active host cities left from the original twelve. Belo Horizonte (above) and São Paulo (below) will host the two semi-finals this week while Brasília will host the third and fourth place play-off, and Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium will stage the final on Sunday, 13 July.

So it is a huge thanks from football fans around the world for a job well done in hosting the games to the cities and people of:

  • Cuiaba – Arena Pantanal
  • Curitiba – Arena da Baixada
  • Fortaleza – Castelão
  • Manaus – Arena Amazonia
  • Natal – Estadio das Dunas – Machadão
  • Porto Alegre – Beria Rio
  • Recife – Pernambuco Arena
  • Salvador – Fonte Nova Arena

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World Cup stadiums in focus

FIFA has released more photos of the stadiums that are in the final preparations for the World Cup.

The Mineirão in Belo Horizonte will host:

Saturday, 14 June, 13.00 (Colombia x Greece)
Tuesday, 17 June, 13.00 (Belgium x Algeria)
Saturday, 21 June, 13.00 (Argentina x Iran)
Tuesday, 24 June, 13.00 (Costa Rica x England)
Saturday, 28 June, 13.00 (round of 16)
Tuesday, 8 July, 17.00 (semi-final)

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Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

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Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

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Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

The National Stadium Mané Garrincha in Brasília will host:

Sunday, 15 June, 13.00 (Switzerland x Ecuador)
Thursday, 19 June, 13.00 (Colombia x Ivory Coast)
Monday, 23 June, 17.00 (Brazil x Cameroon)
Thursday, 26 June, 13.00 (Portugal x Ghana)
Monday, 30 June, 13.00 (round of 16)
Saturday, 5 July, 13.00 (quarter-final)
Saturday, 12 July, 17.00 (3rd/4th placeplay off)

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National Stadium Mané Garrincha

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National Stadium Mané Garrincha, Brasília

The Arena da Baixada in Curitiba will host:

Monday, 16 June, 16.00 (Iran x Nigeria)
Friday, 20 June, 19.00 (Ecuador x Honduras)
Monday, 23 June, 13.00 (Spain x Australia)
Thursday, 26 June, 17.00 (Algeria x Russia)

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Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

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Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

Beira Rio in Porto Alegre will host:

Sunday, 15 June, 16.00 (France x Honduras)
Wednesday, 18 June, 13.00 (Netherlands x Australia)
Sunday, 22 June, 16.00 (Algeria x South Korea)
Wednesday, 25 June, 13.00 (Argentina x Nigeria)
Monday, 30 June, 17.00 (round of 16)

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Beira Rio, Porto Alegre

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Beira Rio, Porto Alegre

Work continues on ‘England’ stadiums

Work continues at a pace on the three stadiums where England are due to play its three group matches.

England, which has been drawn in Group D, will open its 2014 World Cup in Manaus against Italy on Saturday, 14 June at 18.00 local time.

Arena Amazonas - ManausIn the group stage the team will then play Uruguay in São Paulo on Thursday, 19 June at 16.00;

Arena Corinthians - Sao Paulo (January 2014)and Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday 24 June at 17.00.

Arena Mineirao - Belo HorizonteIf England wins group E its path to the final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, 13 July will be the round of 16 in Recife on Sunday, 29 June at 15.00; a quarter-final in Salvador on Saturday, 5 July at 17.00 and a semi-final in São Paulo on Wednesday, 9 July at 17.00.

If England should come second in group D its path to the final will be the round of 16 in Rio  on Saturday, 28 June at 17.00; a quarter-final in Fortaleza on Friday, 4 July at 17.00; and a semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, 8 July at 17.00.