São Paulo World Cup

São Paulo overviewNaturally the FIFA world cup has to come to São Paulo, a city integral to the country of Brazil but also a city so busy it’s possible the advent of the largest single-sport tournament in the world may not even be noticed by some citizens (however hard this may be to imagine). The humming swarm of museums, culture, business and wealth fuels a city rich in diversity that likes to party just as hard as it works. São Paulo is to be the host of four group matches, one match from the last sixteen round, and one of the semi-finals, to be played on the 9th of July 2014. 

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The city is home to three of the biggest clubs in Brazil; the Corinthians, the Palmeiras and São Paulo Futebol Clube. The Corinthians and Palmeiras have both lifted the coveted FIFA World Club Trophy over the past thirteen years, since its inauguration in São Paulo in 2000 at the famous Morumbi stadium, and all three are prominent fixtures in the Campeonato Brasileiro. Other smaller clubs also compete for the paulistanos attention but none have yet to be as prolific as the big three.

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Corinthians's stadiumSão Paulo overviewTrue to the massive overhaul in stadia undertaken by Brazil in the lead-up to both the World Cup and the Olympic Games 2016, São Paulo’s Corinthians will welcome a brand new fully-outfitted and modern stadium, the Arena Corinthians Paulo, in time for June 2014. The Corintianos will for the first time have a stadium of their very own, and in a neighbourhood that is known to be a traditional stronghold of theirs—Itaquera in the Eastern Zone of São Paulo. What’s more, the Arena Corinthians will have the honour of hosting the tournaments opening ceremony—to take place at the not-yet-finished stadium on June 12th 2014.

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Guarulhos's airportGuarulhos Airport was transferred to private ownership from the Brazilian state in the lead-up to the world cup. The airport is one of ten of each of the host cities to be peg Rio de Janeiro World Cupged for an overhaul in time for 2014. Following recent protests sparked by dissatisfaction with Brazil’s public transport infrastructure and social framework in general, Dilma Roussef has pledged to invest heavily in improving São Paulo’s, and Brazil’s in general, infrastructure by summer 2014.

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Plans include a renovation of the city’s water system, low-cost housing for families affected by resettlements and express laneways to speed up the city’s bus and public transport system.

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