Countdown Begins for FIFA World – Cup at Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil is the new tourist destination for all football all over the world. Few lucky ones will be able to make it to actually viewing the matches in the stadiums across Sao Paulo, Brazil whereas rest of us would have to be content with watching it on television. So if you or your child is sports enthusiast, it is not to be missed opportunity.

Be in Brazil for the actual fun!

This year’s tournament will be held across 12 cities in June and July and will cost at least 28 billion reais ($12.32 billion), almost a third of which will go on luxurious new or modernised stadiums. Three of the 12 arenas – in Brasilia, Sao Paulo and the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro – will cost more than 1 billion reais each.

Reveller from Vila Isabel samba school participates in annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

While all football lovers are herding in Brazil, there will be a lot of other fun activities to watch for in the country, besides soccer. The countdown for Brazil 2014 is almost over and celebrities are on their way to perform during the glittering evening. American rapper Pitbull, pop star Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian pop sensation Claudia Leitte will perform the official world cup anthem We Are One at the end of the ceremony. The Brazilian group Olodum will join the pop stars in their performance. Rock sensation Beyonce and Beatles singer Paul McCartney too will perform at the extravaganza.

“The Opening Ceremony is a tribute to Brazil and its treasures: nature, people football,” show’s artistic director Daphne Cornez told “The sense of excitement here is amazing and everyone is very motivated. It doesn’t matter whether they’re feeling tired or hot sometimes or if they have to go through routines again and again: they just keep on smiling. It’s amazing,” she added. The main attraction of the event will be a central “living” ball studded with more than 90,000 LED light clusters.

The opening ceremony will begin at 3:15pm local time at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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With India sending its biggest ever contingent to the soccer World Cup in Brazil, and host of celebrities and other football lovers heading to Brazil for FIFA 2014, there are many tourist destinations to visit in Rio de Janeiro during the quadrennial sporting extravaganza. Not only this, number of fans and journalists are expected to travel to Brazil for perhaps the most anticipated sporting event on this year’s calendar.
Tourists can explore with their back packs for the trip to the country of powdery white-sand beaches, pristine rain forests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises. The list also includes hidden sights, shops and bars of Rio de Janeiro, the city which is the birthplace of world-renowned footballers like Zico, Ronaldo and Romario. Apart from the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue, it recommends places such as Rio Scenarium, Delirio Tropical, Bar Urca, Gilson Martin and Palaphita Kitsch among others.

To get in the real spirit of Brazilian music, it has to be live and the place is Rio Scenarium, which is full of happy people dancing to Samba. It is decorated with antique objects. Delirio Tropical is where people go for a quick lunch during weekdays or on weekends after the beach. Serving fresh salads, quiches and other lovely, healthy, affordable food, are what the place is known for. If one wants to buy cool gifts and souvenirs, then Gilson Martin is the shop to visit. Find pop art accessories inspired by the city’s landmarks, cool vinyl bags, wallets and briefcases that come in all manner of shapes and sizes.

Palaphita Kitsch is the spot to watch the sunset with drinks and enjoy long chats. The exotic Palaphita Kitsch bar is located on the edge of Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and offers an incredible view of the city’s lagoon and beyond.

Urca is the neighbourhood that surrounds Sugarloaf Mountain. One can get the best view of Rio’s bay from this quiet, picturesque and residential area. The ceremony will showcase the rich and vibrant culture of the host country, Brazil.
So Be in Brazil & Do as the Brazilians do! Enjoy Soccer to the hilt.

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