With the end of the group stages of the 2014 World Cup on 26 June, four of the twelve host Brazilian cities will have completed their hosting duties for the tournament and will now be dimming the lights at their stadiums.
So a massive obrigado and thank you to the host cities of Cuiaba, Curitiba, Manaus and Natal for a job well done. You have done Brazil proud.
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A big thank you to all 150,000 plus people who have visited World Cup: The Guide and Brazil: The Guide over the last few months. We hit the 150,000 target on 3 June 2014 and could now fill the Maracanã twice over; or just the once going by the stadium’s capacity for the 1950 final. We do hope that at least some of you will have found the sites helpful and worthwhile.
If you need text versions of the sites when travelling or are off-line, we have produced two low cost Kindle versions that are available around the world from the respective Amazon sites.
To mark the opening on the World Cup on 12 June, Trafalgar Square in London will be hosting Brazil Day, a free festival celebrating Brazil’s culture and its passion for football. The event that runs from noon to 7 pm, is being organised by Brazil’s Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Culture and by the Embassy of Brazil in London, which is located in Trafalgar Square. It is also supported by the Mayor of London.
The event will include live music, DJs, dance lessons, capoeira and much more. The event, however, will not include the screening of the opening match between Brazil and Croatia that kicks off at 9 pm, but a football zone will offer games and activities for all ages, including an inflatable football pitch and a photo-op with a life-size picture of the Brazilian national team.
There will also be stalls selling typical Brazilian street-food and snacks, along with smoothies and soft drinks made from exotic Amazonian fruits.
The Embassy says that fans of all nations that want to get into the spirit are invited to wear the Brazilian national colours of yellow, green and blue.
The Brazilian dream team of Gisele Bundchen and Neymar are the cover of the June edition of Vogue in Brazil. The dynamic duo were photographed for the magazine by the great Mario Testino.
FIFA has released more photos of the stadiums that are currently in the final preparations to host the World Cup matches:
To help to satisfy the demand of people travelling to Brazil who would like to have the information on www.braziltheguide.com to hand, even when the are off-line, we have published a text only Kindle version of the guide that can be purchased globally from Amazon.
In the UK the guide sells for just £2.58. To access UK Amazon CLICK HERE
It is at a similar low price on Amazon stores around the world. For links to all the various global stores CLICK HERE