Monday, May 27, 2013

Rio de Janeiro: About the City

Hello everyone!
This week we will talk about this marvelous city called Rio de Janeiro. Let's learn about the city, the cariocas, the local culture, talk about hotels, restaurants and a lot more. Did you know that Rio awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2012 because of its landscape? Well deserved! 

Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state with the same name, located at southeast of Brazil the city is formed by rocky mountains, forests, and beautiful world famous beaches. It has over 6 million inhabitants, being the second largest city of the country. The residents of Rio are called cariocas, which are known for their lifestyle, for enjoying the beach like anyone else in the world, for their constant good mood and for the pride of their beautiful city. Among the notable cariocas who have made a difference in the world's history are: Ronaldo (football player), Tom Jobim (musician), Walter Salles (film director), Paulo Coelho (writer), Oscar Niemeyer (architect), Chico Buarque (singer, composer, songwriter), and Nelson Piquet (Formula one driver).

Rio used to be the capital of Brazil until 1960, and is the main destination for tourists, maybe that's why so many people still believe Rio is the capital. Besides the tourism, the industrial activities are also very important for the economy in Rio. The Campos Basin produces the most of the total petrol produced in the country. Important national companies such as Petrobras, Vale and the telecom company Embratel are located in Rio. The city has also many universities such as the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC - Rio), among others. 

In 2014, 32 nations will enter the final tournament with the 64 matches being played 12 different venues across this vast country. Rio will host 7 games including the finals, at Maracanã stadium, better known as Maraca. The stadium of Maracanã was built in 1950 for the FIFA World Cup Brazil and was the largest stadium in the world, it has received a crowd of up to 200,000. For the 2014 World Cup it had it's capacity reduced to less than 77, 000. In June, Maracanã will also host 3 games at the Confederations Cup. 

Watch the video made by FIFA to show what Rio has been making to host the Confererations and World Cups.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Magazine - Episode 1

By the time the video was made Mano Menezes was the Brazil's national coach, but in November 2012 he was substituted by the 2002 World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, known as Felipão, right after assuming the national team he declared: "We have no choice but win this World Cup".

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