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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Ten Down – Two to Go: hosts with the mosts

Only two of the 12 host cities now have games remaining. Brasilia will host the 3rd and 4th place play off on Saturday, while Rio de Janeiro hosts the final on Sunday.

A big thank you to all the host cities for adding so much to the enjoyment of the tournament. Most deserve a huge apology for being told it would not be possible. How wrong the naysayers were.

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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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Brazil plays its 100th World Cup finals game on 23 June

Brazil BadgeBrazil is hoping to be 100 not out after it plays its 100th World Cup finals’ game in Brasilia on Monday, 23 June against Cameroon. A match which decides if Brazil will move on into the last sixteen of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazil, the only side to play in all twenty World Cup finals, winning five of them in the process, has in its previous 99 World Cup games won 68, drawn 16 and suffered 15 defeats. In the process the team has scored 213 goals and let in 89.

The only team to play more World Cup finals games than Brazil is Germany, who so far has played 101. The other countries making up the top five are Italy with 82 games, Argentina with 72 and England with 61.

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