2014 World Cup stadiums
Stadium name: Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife)
How complete is it? Construction began in October 2010 and finished on time in May, with a friendly between Nautico and Sporting Lisbon marking its official opening
Average temperature in June: 25C
Average rainfall in June 375mm
Famous for… Has tried to market itself as the Brazilian Venice with its many rivers and canals, Recife is famous for its 8km long Boa Viagem Beach. Widely regarded as one of the best city beaches in South America, the only problem in June is it is the wettest month of the year.
Local hero… Rivaldo grew up in the city and began his career at local club Santa Cruz before moving on to bigger and better things. At his peak, the forward spent five years in Spain at Barcelona, winning the World and European player of the year award in 1999. He played 74 times for his country.
Stadium name: Arena da Amazônia – Manaus
How complete is it? Was supposed to be finished in early 2013, but is behind schedule and will not be completed until the spring.
Average temperature in June 27.5C
Average rainfall in June 84mm
Famous for… being situated in the heart of the Amazon rain forest. It is the gateway to the Amazon basin and a popular tourist destination as a result. England manager Roy Hodgson was keen to avoid playing any games here as it is so far from team’s Rio De Janeiro base, but likely to be popular with fans possessing a sense of adventure
Local hero… Francisco Lima Govinho was a defensive midfielder who spent the majority of his career in Italy, most notably for Roma, but also Bologna and Brescia. Like so many Brazilians, he was good enough to play in one of Europe’s top divisions but never got a game for the national team.
Stadium name: Arena Pantanal (Cuiaba)
How complete is it? Has been plagued by delays since construction began in 2010 and is still several months away from completion
Average temperature in June 24.1C
Average rainfall in June 15.5mm
Famous for… it is one of Brazil’s hottest cities with temperatures regularly exceeding 40C in the hottest months. Founded in 1727 following the discovery of gold in the area, Cuiaba is situated in the geographical centre of the South American continent, and is also in the middle of Brazilian cattle country, which ensures cowboy hats are a most-have fashion item.
Local Hero: Liverpool’s Brazilian international Lucas Leiva was born Dourados, which is a neighbouring town in the state of Mato Grosso. Began his career at Gremio and moved to Anfield for £5m in 2007. A vital member of both club and national side.
Stadium name: Arena das Dunas (Natal)
How complete is it? It was later than promised but the stadium is built, taking just over two years to finish.
Average temperature in June 25C
Average rainfall in June 210mm
Famous for... a really big tree. The Maior cajueiro do mundo is the biggest cashew tree in the world. Entered into the Guinness Book of Records In 1994 as the tree which covers the largest area, 8,400 square metres, making it larger than most football pitches
Local hero.. Marinho Chagas was an early example of a left-back who could defend well but also attack like a winger. Played for Brazil in the 1974 World Cup and won 36 caps.
Stadium name: Estádio do Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro)
How complete is it? The renovated stadium was completed last June, when England fans will recall a temporary threat to their friendly in Brazil going ahead as a safety certificate was confirmed. Fifa say everything is in working order now. It will hst the final this summer.
Average temperature in June 22°C
Average rainfall in June 3.2 inches
Famous for…With a population of 6.3 million, Rio conjures images of idyllic beaches, carnivals and a samba beat. The Corcovado and Sugarloaf mountains are among the most visited landmarks on the planet and it will be the destination most fans dream of making their base.
Local hero Ronaldo, Romario and Zizinho (described by Pele as the best player he ever saw) are among the many football Gods born in Rio, but for a certain generation Zico, the maestro of the 1982 World Cup, is the definitive Brazilian footballer. He was recently voted third behind Pele and Garrincha as the nation’s greatest.
Stadium name: Arena de Itaquera (Sao Paulo)
How complete is it? Following last month’s tragic accident when two workers lost their lives erecting the stadium roof, it is scheduled to be complete by the end of February. However, this may be an ambitious target.
Average temperature in June 22°C
Average rainfall in June 2.2 inches
Famous for…A staggering 20 million people reside in the metropolis of São Paulo, but the startling contrast between rich and poor make the city one of the diverse in the world. It is considered Brazil’s most culturally vibrant city, its restaurants and bistros making it the cuisine capital.
Local hero Cafu and Roberto Carlos are among the numerous luminaries who honed their skills on São Paulo’s streets, but it was Arthur Friedenreich, the son of German/African immigrants, who broke through racial barriers at the start of the 20th century. Friedenreich was Brazil’s first black professional footballer.
Stadium name: Estadio Mineirao (Belo Horizonte)
How complete is it? The redevelopment of existing stadium (new lower tier, roof extension and internal upgrades) was completed in December, 2012, making this venue one of the best equipped at this stage (according to Fifa).
Average temperature in June 25°C
Average rainfall in June 0.6 inches
Famous for…The peculiar road of Rua do Amendoim, where cars placed in neutral gear go up the sloping street rather than down. It is a tourist curiosity, attributed to the powerful magnetic field in the surrounding area. Belo Horizonte (‘beautiful horizon’) also lists tasting the famous delicacy ‘liver with aubergine’ at Central Market at number one on its list of ’20 things you must do in the city’ .
Local hero Tostao, a member of the 1970 World Cup winning team, scored 32 goals in 52 games for what is considered the greatest side there has been. He once scored 47 goals in one game in his schooldays. With 300 career goals to his name, injury forced his retirement at just 25.
Stadium name: Arena da Baixada (Curitiba)
Capacity: 41, 456
How complete is it? Fifa’s internal reports say it is 83 per cent complete, the pitch causing particular concern. Work is scheduled to be finished for February but this stadium is one of those causing particular worry.
Average temperature in June 18°C
Average rainfall in June 3.9 inches
Famous for…Curitiba is translated from Portuguese as ‘many pine trees’ and has the distinction of being one of the shortest lived capital cities – three days in 1969 courtesy of the reign of the military junta. With its botanic gardens and stylistic architecture, it is regarded one of the prettiest and desirable cities in Brazil to live.
Local hero The record goalscorer of Curitiba FC was Duillio Dias, who scored 202 times between 1954-64. Unearthing talent to match those from Rio and São Paulo has proved tricky, but Premier League watchers will be interested to know Manchester United’s ex-midfielder Klebberson started his career with city rivals Atlético Paranaense.
Stadium name: Estadio Nacional de Brasilia (Brasilia)
How complete is it? The stadium was completed in May this year, replacing the dismantled Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha.
Average temperature in June: 26C
Average rainfall in June: 3 per cent
Famous for: The Brazilian capital, Brasilia is the city that claims to have been built in 2,000 days and boasts such historic landmarks as the Cathedral, the National Congress and the Legion of Goodwill Temple. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Local hero: AC Milan forward Kaka was born in the satellite city of Gama and remains arguably Brasilia’s most famous export. Began his career at São Paulo before a fee of around £7million in 2003, later moving to Real Madrid.
Stadium name: Arena Castelao (Fortaleza)
How complete is it: Fully completed in December 2012, the Castelao is now an all-seater stadium and now has a larger roof and an underground car park.
Average temperature in June: 29.6C
Average rainfall in June: 16 per cent
Famous for: Renowned as one of Brazil’s most vibrant cities, Monday nights in Fortaleza have become immortalised by the ‘El Pirata’ nightclub which was branded “the craziest place on Earth” by the New York Times.
Local hero: Bolton Wanderers fans may remember Mario Jardel with a shudder, or a chuckle. Cruelly nicknamed ‘Lardel’ due to his hefty waistline, the forward only made seven appearances under Sam Allardyce.
Stadium name: Arena Fonte Nova – Salvador
How complete is it? The stadium was officially opened in April but a month later a huge segment of the roof collapsed due to torrential overnight rain, but officials are optimistic there will be no problems.
Average temperature in June: 26.5C
Average rainfall in June: 23.C
Famous for: Salvador is known as the capital of happiness in Brazil and hosts the Central do Carnaval, one of the country’s most famous annual celebrations. The Fonte Nova appears quite incongrous in the city due to its space-age design.
Local hero: Bebeto. The former Brazil international, now 49, was born in Salvador and is revered in the city, named as one of the six ambassadors for the 2014 World Cup. Started his career at tiny Salvador club Vitoria.
Stadium name: Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda (Porto Alegre)
Capacity: TBC (est 50,287)
How complete is it? The stadium is still under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Average temperature in June: 19.7C
Average rainfall in June: 12 per cent
Famous for: The state of Rio Grande do Sul is the homeplace for current Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and his predecessor Mano Menezes, and also famous for the Gre-Nal, a bitter derby between local enemies Gremio and Internacional.
Local hero: Ronaldinho, the 33-year old Brazil forward, was born in Porto Alegre and won the Fifa World Player of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005. Also known as ‘Gaucho’ to distinguish him from Ronaldo, his former fellow international.
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