1.5 million tickets have been allocated by FIFA to World Cup fans. 57% were sold to Brazilians, while 43% went to international fans. Elaine Reyes takes us to Rio de Janeiro, one of the host cities of the World Cup. Seven matches will be held here including the championship game in July.
Soccer is the way of life in Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro is its playground. Once the capital of Brazil, Rio is a city known for welcoming all. Elaine Reyes takes us on a short video tour of some of Rio’s breathtaking sites. Copacabana Beach is one of them. Rio’s largest beach is a gathering place and the center of action for “Cariocas,” the name given to natives of Rio.
Whether the locals live in a favela or high luxury rise, everyone becomes one on Copacabana Beach; swimming, sunning, socializing and playing soccer. Copacabana Beach is a party throughout the year, especially on New Year’s Eve, but it may be even more so during the World Cup. Giant screens are being erected on the sand so fans without tickets can watch the World Cup games.
Corcovado mountain is the location of the magnificent art deco statue called “Cristo Redentor,” or Christ the Redeemer. With a head weighing 30 tons and outstretched arms weighing 88, it is said that the statue represents the warmth of the Brazilian people. It is a symbol that, regardless of religion or race, that Rio embraces all. Padre Omar Raposo agrees. “Here, Jews and Muslims meet Catholics, Protestants and Buddhists. It’s a special place for encounters between different peoples of the world.”
From the viewing platform beneath the statue, the spectacular city of Rio can be seen spread out in all its panoramic glory. Its beautiful beaches and hotels as well as its favelas which dot the sides of Rio’s mountains and where most residents live. Also from this vantage point, you can see where the World Cup final Championship game will be played on July 13th, the Maracana Stadium.