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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Hosts with the most for World Cup’s last eight

quarter finalists32 teams arrived in Brazil for the World Cup and only eight now remain for the quarter finals.

As well as bragging rights for the shirt suppliers, there are also bragging rights for the hosts of the teams’ training camps. The state of São Paulo has hosted four of the quarter final teams; State of Rio de Janeiro, two; and one each for Minas Gerais and Bahia.

  • Argentina – Cidade do Galo, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
  • Belgium – Paradise Resort, Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo
  • Brazil – Granja Comary, Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro
  • Colombia – CFA Presidente Laudo Natal, Cotia, São Paulo
  • Costa Rica – Mendes Plaza, Santos, São Paulo
  • France – JP Hotel, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo
  • Germany – Campo Bahia, Santa Cruz de Cabralia, Bahia
  • Netherlands – Caesar Park, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Plenty of spare hotel capacity in São Paulo for the World Cup

EDIFÍCIO ITÁLIA E COPANFootball fans looking for a hotel room to stay in during the World Cup should look in São Paulo, according to a report from the Forum de Operadores Hoteleiros do Brasil (FOHB), an organisation that represents the big hotel chains that control over 70% of all hotel rooms in Brazil.

According to FOHB as of the end of April only 24% of the rooms in São Paulo have been sold for the period of the World Cup, this compares with 87% sold in Rio de Janeiro.

Occupancy figures for Curitiba and Salvador for the period of the World Cup are respectively 44% and 57%.

Prices have also been falling since FIFA’s MatchService, started handing rooms back to the market. Studies suggest prices fell as much as 43% in Rio and 34% in São Paulo and Salvador for certain match days.

Filming begins in Rio on Pelé biography

Pele Promo shotPrincipal photography has started in Rio de Janeiro on Imagine Entertainment’s biog pic of Pelé, the world’s most famous footballer.

The film will show Pelé’s journey from childhood to the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, when, at just 17 he scored Brazil’s winning goal in the final. The 10-year old Pelé is played by Leonardo Lima Carvalho. From age 13 to 17 he is played by Kevin de Paula. Both newcomers were selected after two solid months of auditions.

The cast also includes Seu Jorge (playing Pelé’s father, Dondinho); Emmy-nominee Vincent d’Onofrio (MIB, Ed Wood and Full Metal Jacket), in the role of Vicente Feola, Brazil’s coach at the World Cup; Mexican star Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages), plays rival José, the man who gave young Edson the nickname that would become  so famous; and Colmn Meaney (Get Him To The Greek), is Sweden’s team coach. The film is written and directed by brothers Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, nominated for an Emmy in 2010 for their The Two Escobars documentary.

“I’ve always been for exploring the theme of genius. And Pelé is genius itself. He’s an inspiration to his country,” says Imagine Entertainment producer Brian Grazer.

“I am honoured to be a partner of Imagine Entertainment and to tell the story of Pelé’s infancy and youth, the story of the origin of one people’s hero and the soccer king, a man whose life inspired so many and who will now inspire a new generation”, adds Seine Pictures’ Ivan Orlic.

The production includes other top professionals , among them Academy Award-nonimated cinematographer Matthew Libatique (The Black Swan, Iron Man and Iron Man 2), art director Dominic Watkins (The Bourne Supremacy), editor Naomi Geraghty (Limitless, Reservation Road, Hotel Rwanda), costume designer Inês Salgado (City of God) and casting directors Marcela Altberg, Maria Vernieu (Silver Linings Playbook, The Black Swan) and Gail Stevens (Zero Dark Thirty, Slumdog Millionare).

The feature is scheduled for a May 2014 release, in time for the 2014 World Cup.