FIFA has posted a 360˚ Gigapix pic from the opening game between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo on 12 June.
To access the photo CLICK HERE
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.
It is now under 800 days until the opening of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on 5 August 2016. The 800 day barrier was crossed on 28 May 2014.
The Rio Olympics will run from 5 to 21 August 2016 and the Paralympic Games from 7 to 18 September 2016.
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:
Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
To help the demand of the fans who would like to have the information on www.worldcuptheguide.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 £1.89. 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
A kindle version of the site – www.braziltheguide.com – will shortly be published.
The Brazilian tourist board, Embratur, has released two new promotional videos in the run up to the World Cup. Dance features the music of the great Tom Zé while the Encounters video was inspired by a jingle created to promote Brazil as a tourist destination that was launched during Carnaval 2014 in Salvador by Ivete Sangalo.