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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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

Belgium prepares for take-off

BelgiumBrussels Airlines is giving its Airbus A330 a special paint job before it flies the Belgium team to Brazil for the World Cup on 10 June.

Belgium is set to base itself at the Paradise Resort in Mogi das Cruzes in São Paulo. The team’s match schedule in Group H with Algeria, Russia and South Korea is:

17 June 2014
Belgium v Algeria, Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, 13:00
22 June 2014
Belgium v Russia, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, 13:00
26 June 2014
South Korea v Belgium, Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, 17:00

São Paulo prepares for the big day

IMG_1178More photos have been released by FIFA showing preparations in and around Arena de São Paulo as it prepares to host the opening ceremony and game of the 2014 World Cup.

The stadium’s full schedule is:

Thursday, 12 June, 17.00 (Brazil x Croatia – Opening Game)
Thursday, 19 June, 16.00 (Uruguay x England)
Monday, 23 June, 13.00 (Netherlands x Chile)
Thursday, 26 June, 17.00 (Belgium x South Korea)
Tuesday, 1 July, 13.00 (round of 16)
Wednesday, 9 July, 17.00 (semi-final)

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Tickets go on sale for the Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix

InterlagosWorld Cup fans who are also fans of Formula 1 might like to know that tickets have gone on sale for the 2014 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix that takes place on Sunday, 9 November at the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo and which will be the penultimate race of the 2014 season that ends in Abu Dhabi on 23 November.

Three day Early Bird weekend passes start from as low as US$228.90 for Grandstand G all the way up to US$5,230.00 for the Premium Paddock Club.

To book direct CLICK HERE

During the World Cup the city of São Paulo will host six games including the opening match between Brazil and Croatia and a semi final.

Thursday, 12 June, 17.00 (Brazil x Croatia – Opening Game)
Thursday, 19 June, 16.00 (Uruguay x England)
Monday, 23 June, 13.00 (Netherlands x Chile)
Thursday, 26 June, 17.00 (Belgium x South Korea)
Tuesday, 1 July, 13.00 (round of 16)
Wednesday, 9 July, 17.00 (semi-final)

São Paulo’s new international terminal opens at Guarulhos

SP T3The new international Terminal 3 has opened at São Paulo’s main Guarulhos Airport that is located close to Arena de São Paulo where the opening game of the 2014 World Cup will be played on 12 June.

The first airlines to move into the new 12 million capacity terminal were TAP and Lufthansa on 12 May. They were to be followed by six further international carriers in the coming three weeks.

After the World Cup a further 17 companies will move into the new terminal with the Brazilian carrier, TAM, the last to move in September. By 2022 the entire airport is expected to have doubled its current annual capacity to 60 million passengers.

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World Cup stadiums in São Paulo and Curitiba open for business

photo 1On Saturday (10 May) the Arena de São Paulo (photo) hosted its first game, a friendly between two teams from Corinthians, the famous São Paulo club that will move into the stadium after the World Cup. The first full competitive game prior to the opening of the World Cup on 12 June, will be on 18 May between Corinthians and Figueirense in the Brazilian Championship.

Sao Paulo openingOn Wednesday, 14 May, the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba will host its first game, a friendly between Atlético-PR and Corinthians.

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.