This is the Maracanã stadium11th Aug 2016 |
The Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro is something close to a holy shrine for everyone who loves sport. While it’s primarily a football stadium, it has also been used for other sporting events, concerts and even a mass held by Pope John Paul II in 1980. It was constructed to be used for the football world cup in 1950. It was, of course, this stadium that was used for the finals in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 after extra time. It’s the property of the city of Rio de Janeiro and not the private property of any football club. Because of this, it has been used by most of the big teams in Rio de Janeiro. The most notable of them are Fluminese, Flamengo, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama.
The most famous game ever played at the Maracanã is probably the game between Brazil and Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup. The format of the competition was very different at that time. It turned out to be the decisive match of the competition, but it was not a final as we know it. Brazil only needed a draw to secure the World Cup title, but after a very eventful game, Uruguay won 2-1. They ended up winning the title.
Another very exciting match that was played at the Maracanã in the last World Cup was between France and Germany. The two rivals didn’t give us a game that was rich in goals, but it was very rich in nerves. Germany ended up winning 1-0.
At club level, the Fla-Flu derby matches between Flamengo and Fluminese are always worth seeing. If you haven’t been there you can only imagine the atmosphere as these two rival teams face each other in one of the most historical places in the world of football.