Brazil tops FIFA world ranking

After a gap of seven years Brazil has returned to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking,

Not since elimination from 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa at the hands of the Netherlands – being passed in the table by eventual champions Spain and the Netherlands has Brazil held the No1 position. However, recent wins over Uruguay and Paraguay in booking their place at Russia 2018 secured their return to top spot.

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Mocidade share 2017 Carnival title with Portela

After lodging an appeal with the League of Samba Schools, that are responsible for the parade of the top samba schools, it was decided that Mociade should share the title of champions of the 2017 carnival with Portela.

Mocidade had appealed after it learnt a judge had marked its Comissão de Frente on the wrong set of rules. They had dropped .1 of a point when it should not have done. With that extra .1 Mocidade’s score was the same as Portela. 269.9 points out of a possible 270.

It is Mocidade’s sixth title, having last won in 1996.

After a wait of 33 years Portela is champion of Rio’s carnival again

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-22-27-23After a wait of 33 years Portela, one of Rio’s oldest and most iconic samba schools, is champion of Rio’s carnival again. And by the narrowest of margins of just point one of a point out of 270. Portela scored 269.9 with Mocidade in second with 269.8 and Salgueiro third with 296.7.

Due to problems with some of the big floats it was decided that no school will be relegated, but one school will still be promoted, so in 2018 thirteen  rather than twelve schools will parade on the 11 and 12 February 2018.

The full results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2017 were:

  • Portela (269.9 points out of 270)
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.8)
  • Salgueiro (269.7)
  • Mangueira (269.6)
  • Grande Rio (269.4)
  • Beija-Flor (269.2)
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense (268,5)
  • União da Ilha (267.8)
  • Vila Isabel (267.4)
  • São Clemente (267.4)
  • Unidos da Tijuca (266.8)
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti (264.6)

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Counting down to Carnaval in Rio

Mangueira 2016 4The clock is ticking down to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, the city’s first really big celebration since the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Rio de Janeiro is the most famous and the largest of Brazil’s carnival celebrations. In Rio the focus is on samba and the parade of the samba schools organised by the League of Samba Schools on the Sunday and Monday evenings.

The main parades of the Grupo Especial will next take place on the nights of Sunday, 26 February and Monday, 27 February 2017. The schools parading will be:

Sunday, 26 February 2017

  • Paraíso do Tuiuti
  • Grande Rio
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Vila Isabel
  • Salgueiro
  • Beija-Flor

Monday, 27 February 2017

  • União da Ilha
  • São Clemente
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Unidos da Tijuca
  • Portela
  • Mangueira

Six schools will parade on Sunday night and six on Monday and they will start at 22.00, 23.05, 00.10, 01.15, 02.20 and 03.25.

Up coming dates for Carnival in Brazil (Friday-Wednesday) are:

  • 2018: 9-14 February
  • 2019: 1-6 March
  • 2020: 21-26 February
  • 2021: 12-17-February
  • 2022: 25 February-2 March
  • 2023: 17-22 February
  • 2024: 9-14 February
  • 2025: 28 February-5 March

London has its own Rio Olympic Lounge

Rio Lounge 2016If you can’t get to Rio for the Olympics and are stuck back in London, you can still soak up the atmosphere of the games and Brazil at the Rio Olympic Lounge that is located in the Brazilian Embassy, just off Trafalgar Square (14-16 Cockspur Street. SW1Y 5BL).

Entry is free and the lounge is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 and 19.00 from 6 to 21 August.

The Lounge showcases what lies beyond the city of Rio, and shows the state of Rio’s many other attractions. Basically where the residents of Rio – the Cariocas – head out to to have even more fun (if that is possible) at the weekends. Some even live there and go to Rio for the weekends!

If you are in Rio for the Olympics, you can get more information of what the city and state of Rio has to offer from the Visit Rio and TurisRio stands in Espaço Rio de Janeiro located at the Olympic Boulevard, at Orla Mayor Luiz Paulo Conde in the port area.

Mangueira: Champion of Rio’s carnaval 2016

Mangueira 2016 4Last was again not least at Rio de Janeiro’s famous carnaval, and the last of the top 12 Rio samba schools to parade in 2016, the iconic Mangueira of “Verde Rosa” (Green and Pink), a school that was first champion in 1932 and which was last champion in 2002, is champion again with a parade that honoured the great Brazilian singer Maria Bethânia.

Mangueira scored 269.8 points out of a possible 270,  beating Unidos da Tijuca and Portela in to second and third with 269.7 point, Salgueiro, that had lead for most of the countt, came fourth with 269.5, and the champion in 2015, Beija Flor, was fifth with 269.3. Estacio de Sa was relegated to the Grupo de Acesso while Paraíso do Tuiuti was promoted and reutrns to the main parade in 2017 for the first time since 2001.

Bethania Mangueira 2016The main parades of the Grupo Especial at carnaval in 2017 will next take place on the nights of Sunday, 26 February and Monday, 27 February 2017. The schools parading will be:

  • Beija-Flor
  • Grande Rio
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Mangueira
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti
  • Portela
  • Salgueiro
  • São Clemente
  • União da Ilha
  • Unidos da Tijuca
  • Vila Isabel

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Tomorrow has arrived in Rio and Brazil

museudoamanha 04Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and South America has a major new attraction with the opening of the Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã). It is one the most exciting new museums and attractions to open in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics

Designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Museum of Tomorrow is one of the anchors of the newly developed Porto Maravilha cultural area that also houses the Museum of Rio Art. Dedicated to the sciences, the facility, which opened in December 2015, has a format unlike any other museum of natural history or of science and technology.

The Museum of Tomorrow offers visitors the opportunity to engage in personal-choice experiences, have a glimpse of future possibilities and envision how they will live and shape the planet in the next fifty years. The space explores variations on tomorrows in the fields of matter, life and thought and debates questions like climate change, population growth and longevity, global integration, the world’s increased diversity of material goods and its decreased natural diversity. It is a museum where people can follow the trails of their imagination and make their own choices about the future more conscientiously and ethically.

Roberta Sudbrack Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2015

RobertaRoberta Sudbrack, who has a restaurant in Jardim Botânico in Rio de Janeiro, has been named Veuve Clicquot Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2015.

A self-taught cook who started out pushing a hotdog cart in Brasilia, Roberta Sudbrack was the head chef at Brazil’s presidential palace for eight years where she cooked for the likes of Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro and Prince Charles, as well as all of Latin America’s heads of state. She is the only female head chef to have been awarded three stars in the Guia Quatro Rodas, the Brazilian equivalent of Michelin, and her restaurant is listed No.13 in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.

A key trait of her philosophy, according to the award organizers, is the emphasis on natural techniques. “From the beetroot ravioli to the pumpkin tartare, everything at Roberta Sudbrack is made by hand. The chef shuns machinery and modern equipment and prides herself on her 100% artisanal approach, but her cooking is anything but basic: she presents intricate, complex dishes such as her signature smoked okra with semi-cooked prawn, served with vegetarian caviar made from okra seeds,” they say.

Brazilian Grand Prix 2016

InterlagosFIA, the governing body for Formula 1, has announced the provisional calendar for 2016 that will see a record 21 races. The Brazilian Grand Prix in São Paulo is scheduled for Sunday, 13 November 2016 and will again be the penultimate race of the season. In 2015 the race is scheduled for 15 November.

The 2016 season will start on 3 April in Australia and end in Abu Dhabi on 27 November.