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The Estádio Maracanã is used mainly for soccer games of great importance but also for concerts and special events.
Its original name is Mário Filho and this is the name written at its entrance. He was a journalist and a great supporter of the construction of this magnificent stadium.
This is the stadium where the first World Cup took place in June of 1950 and then the World Cup became a strong competition every 4 years.
Its original capacity was 200,000 but according to FIFA regulations all stadiums in Brazil had not to exceed the 75,00 mark capacity, so they had to adjust the seating to these regulations. This project cost approximately one billion dollars and this is why all the complaining about spending all this money for just one stadium.
To my opinion they should just leave it the way it was..It is a very impressive stadium and a being inside and watch a game here is a thrill to all soccer fans.
Other stadiums such the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the Mestalla in Valencia, the Daluz in Lisboa are also major and historical stadiums for their glorious games there.
But from all the Estádio do Maracanã is the most impressive and the most important to all soccer fans.
Players such as Pele, Romario, Bebeto, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaká, Roberto Carlos, Ziko and others made history here.
The stadium is far from the city of Rio but the Metro is very flexible and very easy to use but most of all very clean and safe..Every vertical road from the Avenida Atlantica in Copacabana leads to the Metro station and there is no way for someone to be lost because there are yellow signs showing the way.
From Copacabana where I'm at it only takes 20 minutes by Metro to get here.
The day of the game Spain vs Chile the Metro was so packed and the lines were amazingly long.
Getting on Siqueira Campos and getting off at São Cristóvão station is the best way to see the stadium from a more panoramic view and also to see the thousands of people trying to get inside.
The entrances and the sitting is very easy and everything is organised to perfection.
The cleanliness and the hospitality are impressive.
There is a great number of police, federal police, county police, horse policemen and commando forces all along and around the stadiums that everyone fills safe and I am very impressed by the way they handle everything in a very discreet and hospitable manner...they are all there but it feels like they are not..always helpful with directions and very polite!
They told me that this stadium will not be used for the venues at the 2016 Olympic Games, it will only be used for the opening, closing ceremonies and the soccer games.
The venues will take place at Barra de Tijuca and some in Copacabana, Sambadrome and other stadiums in Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and São Paulo.
I went to see the new Olympic stadium which is still under construction.
The last game that I saw here was the one of France vs Ecuador, but the picture is taken from the game Argentina vs Bosnia.
Now next game will be the final and I think that this will be the most exciting moment of all!!

I dedicate this picture to Ricardomattos along with my compliments for this magnificent event!
A country may be beautiful but the people are the ones who make this country unforgettable!!!

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