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Menezes fired by Brazil after two years

The Brazil football federation has fired national team coach Mano Menezes.

Federation director Andres Sanchez said the decision to fire the coach came after a meeting in Sao Paulo on Friday.

He said federation president Jose Maria Marin made the change because he "wants new methods and new planning" ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The news came two days after Brazil beat Argentina on penalties to win the Superclassic of the Americas, a two-leg series in which the South American rivals use players from local clubs. It was Brazil's final match of the year.

World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is without a job, is one of the names touted to replace Menezes, but Sanchez said he doesn't think negotiations for a new coach are under way.



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Here is all host cities posters released today:


Belo Horizonte is a city that brings people together and is known and loved for its generous hospitality, passion for football, rich culture and the sleek curves of its Brazilian modernist architecture set against the backdrop of the mountains of Minas Gerais.

One of Belo Horizonte’s most well-known landmarks is the Church of São Francisco de Assis, considered to be the masterpiece of Pampulha, a district in Belo Horizonte which is home to the Mineirão stadium, one of Brazil’s football icons.

Our poster depicts the silhouette of the Church of São Francisco de Assis, which is brought to life by the overlapping pentagons which define the ball’s shape. It portrays the balance of nature and art and the celebratory welcome that athletes and football lovers all over the world will receive when they come to Belo Horizonte.


The background image represents the Cathedral of Brasília, an architectural icon known throughout the world, with the immense blue sky, “the sea of Brasilia”, above it.

The yellow on the right represents the sun rising in the east, while the orange on the left represents its setting in the west.

Brasilia has one of the largest expanses of green area in the world – almost five times the standard recommended by the World Health Organization – in the form of a vast city park, portrayed here through every possible shade of green.

The football player in the foreground is composed of various colours and thus represents all of the ethnicities that make up Brazilian society as well as the coming together of players from all over the world. The even distribution of the background colours recall the green, yellow, blue and white of our beloved Brazilian flag.


Cuiaba, the capital of the state of Mato Grosso, is located in the exact centre of South America and can therefore be considered the heart of South America. Rich in history, culture, art and gastronomy, Cuiaba is also known for its heat, which is not limited to its climate – the warm and welcoming nature of its people make it unique.

The Cuiaba poster uses bright colours to depict the joy the event brings and the gaiety of the Cuiabanos (as the locals are called), and features football through the image of the ball at the player’s foot. The ball’s movement and shapes surrounding it recall the coming together of people and their enthusiasm for the sport, especially of the 'Pantaneira' fans. Cuiaba is the gateway for the biggest floodable plain in the world – the Pantanal Matogrossense – and home to the tuiuiu bird, which is the symbol of the Pantanal region and one of the poster’s highlights. The centre of the ball features a silhouette of the state of Mato Grosso – a subtle reminder that its capital, Cuiabá, is prepared to host the largest event in its history.


The poster chosen by the inhabitants to represent Curitiba for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ features the image of a Brazilian pine tree (Araucaria). Known in Brazil as “Pinheiro do Paraná” (Paraná pine tree), this type of tree covered much of the land around Curitiba before the city’s foundation in the 17th century.

As the tree is also connected to the city’s name (Curitiba, a name of indigenous origin, means “a lot of pine”), it holds a special place in people’s hearts.

Known in Brazil and throughout the world for its excellent public transport, sustainable development and strong culture of innovation, Curitiba is home to a mix of people from all over the world who choose to live here in peaceful and culturally diverse harmony.

The Brazilian pine rises high into the sky, stretching out its cones like cups. It’s as if the whole city is raising a glass in a toast to football. Let’s welcome the FIFA World Cup™!


The daily sunshine and beauty of its coastline make Fortaleza a very special place. Characterised by human warmth and respect for nature, the capital of the state of Ceara, located in north-east Brazil, is the perfect setting for a festival as big as the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Its passion for football is conveyed through the poster’s main features, such as the modern Castelao Arena, a huge football in the sky made up of images of the city’s major landmarks, and the popular sport of beach soccer which is played all along the Brazilian coast.

The textures and strokes used recall a modern city, yet a city that does not forget its traditions, making Fortaleza one of the most visited places in Brazil. The joy of hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ is accompanied by a burst of euphoria, culture and beauty that spreads from the stands of the Castelão Arena throughout Fortaleza in a mix of vibrant colours moving like ocean waves and rays of sunshine, lighting up the city known as “The Land of Light”.


The poster of Host City Manaus depicts a unique feature: here, in the heart of the world´s largest rainforest, we are all fans of nature. We cheer for great players, for memorable matches, for breathtaking goals. And we also come together to cheer for nature itself. After all, we are all in the same team.

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The green of the forests, the yellow of the hot sands, and the blue of the crystal sea: if Brazil is a symbol of our planet’s natural wealth, Natal is the definitive example of all that makes our country amazing. Located on the most easterly tip of South America, whose biggest cultural icon is the multifaceted folklorist Luis da Camara Cascudo, Natal is a city of abundance whose generous people who are keen to give, to share, to host, to embrace and to celebrate.

The silhouette of a man with outstretched arms on the poster surrounded by the colours of our flags symbolise our country’s welcoming of the biggest football event on the planet and the opportunities of economic growth, employment and cultural exchange that usually go hand in hand with the FIFA World Cup™.


Porto Alegre, the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, boasts stunning scenes from nature such as the sunset over Lake Guaíba, one of the most beautiful in the world. For this reason the poster features the picturesque Usina do Gasômetro, a city landmark which doubles as the best spot from which to watch the sunset.

The central image of the footballer kicking the ball and the explosion of this movement point not only to the greatness of the FIFA World Cup™ but also to the whole legacy generated by it, such as cultural enrichment, technological and structural development, and economic wealth, which are represented by the coloured stripes highlighting the movement of the foot. The people on the left of the poster stand for the enthusiasm and the passion that Porto-alegrenses, as the locals are known, have for football.


Recife’s Host City poster portrays the essence of a coastal city full of movement, art and joy. Frevo, a style of both music and dance, is Recife’s most authentic and characteristic cultural display. It first appeared in the city some 100 years ago and is today included on the list of Brazilian intangible cultural heritage.

With colourful umbrellas, dancers perform an elaborate choreography that seems to fill the world with delight. The image shows a frevo dancer whose movements resemble the acrobatics of skilled football players – a combination which is in fact the key note of the poster. The cloud of dynamic movement created by the dancer shows the city’s many colours, highlighting its distinctive landscape of bridges, rivers, boats and rich architecture as well as revellers fully enjoying carnival.


The silhouette of the carefree footballer balancing a football on his neck forms a heart which symbolises the people’s deep love of football in Rio de Janeiro. Football is at the centre of their world, an idea which is conveyed by the depth achieved through the various layers. Each layer in turn stands for one aspect of Rio de Janeiro: the beach, the mountains, the Sugarloaf, the sea and the sky.

The colours and vibrancy of the layers portray the energy and pace that are typical of Rio de Janeiro and football. Upon closer inspection, behind the individual layers you will find a smile, an invitation to share in the city’s joie de vivre, the thrill of those who cheer with all their heart, and the satisfaction you get from a kick-about at the end of the day. You cannot avoid feeling the positive vibes and the beat of the music all around you. Those who meet a true Carioca (native of Rio) soon realise that’s what Rio de Janeiro is really made of.


Salvador is a city with a wealth of cultural and architectural heritage. One of the most outstanding attractions in this historically rich city is the Elevador Lacerda, the first public elevator in the world. It’s a real magnet for visitors, who admire its beauty, and an important asset to the city’s inhabitants for its functionality. There is a breathtaking view from the top of its towers of the city’s other tourist attractions, with the spectacular view of Baía de Todos os Santos (All Saints Bay) as a backdrop.

This imposing monument is also a shortcut that connects the historical lower city on the seafront to the modern, expanding upper city. All those who are transported by the elevator, whether tourists or locals, breathe life into the city´s economy and fill the city with a passion for football.

The poster shows a ball crossing the goal line and hitting the net, which is the final and most important goal of a football match. This could be in the stadium, with proper goalposts, or on any small football field, on the beach, or even in the streets, with imaginary goalposts made out of stones or shoes. It could be with a penalty kick, a bicycle kick, or even a scissors kick, but for a football match to be complete it needs to have a goal, and that’s how this poster turned out: it has history, it has beauty and it has a GOAL!


São Paulo’s poster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ portrays a bustling metropolis where thousands of people live, celebrate and breathe football together. Football is in the city’s blood, in its streets, its countless buildings, and in the air. The city has an infectious energy that connects everybody and makes the people of São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, the world’s greatest fans.

Source: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/destination/posters/index.html

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Arena Grêmio opens despite being snubbed for 2014 World Cup

Monday, 10 December 2012


By Tom Degun

December 10 - The magnificent new 60,000 capacity Arena Grêmio has opened in Porto Alegre in Brazil despite the fact that it was controversially overlooked for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The $289 million (£180 million/€224 million) Arena Grêmio (pictured top) is the first of 14 new stadiums being developed ahead of Brazil 2014 and it was inaugurated with home side Grêmio securing a 2-1 victory in a friendly over Bundesliga club Hamburg SV.

But following the match, club officials said they are still unsure as to why the venue will not be used for the World Cup, with FIFA instead opting to stage games at the nearby Beira-Rio Stadium which is owned by Grêmio's arch-rival Internacional.

The Beira-Rio Stadium (pictured below) is currently undergoing a $159 million (£99 million/€123 million) redevelopment and it is not expected to be completed before December 2013.


"That (why the stadium will not be used for the World Cup) hasn't been explained to us," said Grêmio's vice-president Eduardo Antonini.

"We are the first stadium to be ready.

"This city is passionate about its football and instead the World Cup has gone to other places with less footballing tradition."

The Arena Grêmio is not the only new venue that has failed to make the World Cup list with Palmeiras' 45,000-seat stadium in São Paulo having a similar status.

Nevertheless, Grêmio's new home has received praise from Ronaldo, the Brazil 2014 member who led the country to victory at the 2002 World Cup.

"I've been in the best and most famous stadiums and the Arena is excellent," said Ronaldo, who is widely considered one of the best strikers in history.

"I've only seen stadiums like this in Europe and this is up there with the best in the world."

Experts believe that the Grêmio and Palmeiras' stadiums could be used as backup options by FIFA if any of the World Cup's 12 host venues fail to be ready on time.

"Nobody is talking about it but I think it (Arena Grêmio) is a Plan B," said Stochos sports marketing agency President Cesar Gualdani.

"The Palmeiras stadium too.

"If a World Cup stadium is not on time or has problems, they have these as alternatives."

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I think the FIFA went for character, tradition and history, stadium wise. I think they prefer to use renovated, old stadiums with history, instead of staging games at entirely new stadiums. At least they have back-up options like Gremio Arena and the new Palmeiras stadium

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BUT... Stadium renovations in brazil is costing way more than new stadias, I don't think all those expenses are worth it. Mineirao spent 700 Million Brazilian dollars about $350 million and it doesn't even look decent to me, while Castelao was $250 million looking way more modern with same capacity of 60,000 spectators

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You have a point there, new stadiums are always cheaper than renovating old ones. But could it be that brazil wants to showcase its football history? And that that is the reason for renovating the old stadiums? It costs a lot more, but if it's tradition and history what they went for, they did a good job.

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FIFA's Valcke give Brazilian 2014 organisers year-end vote of confidence

December 27 - FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke says 2012 has been "a demanding and challenging year" for football's world governing body but is clearly relieved that Brazil is beginning to meet its 2014 World Cup targets.

In an end-or-year review, Valcke, who has had several confrontations with the Brazilian organisers, says the fact that all parties are now singing from the same hymn sheet has been a major plus after a string of delays and obstructions.

"As we are approaching the end of 2012 I can definitely say that it was a demanding and challenging year," Valcke wrote on FIFA's website.

"But also a very productive one, with more integration with the Government resulting in many important milestones achieved together on the way to 2014.

"The build-up to any major sporting event is a matter of extreme interest, not only in the host country but around the world, and it is extremely encouraging to see that the organisation of the events in Brazil has now grown into a huge collective undertaking."

Valcke made it clear, however, that there was no room for complacency with the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up tournament, taking place next summer.

"It was great to see the opening of the two first stadiums in Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte still this month and also the great strides at the four other FIFA Confederations Cup venues which are now working at full speed to meet the deadline - latest April 15, 2013 - to stage the first test events," said Valcke.

"Every hour of every day now counts.

"The final decisive phase has begun, not only for the FIFA Confederations Cup host cities, but for all FIFA World Cup venues."...


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FIFA cancel 500 days celebrations in light of Santa Maria events

FIFA have announced that they will no longer be holding a

celebration to mark 500 days until the opening game of the 2014 World

Cup in Brazil.

The announcement comes after tragic events

in Santa Maria which has seen at least 245 people lose their lives in a

nightclub fire.

Jerome Valcke, FIFA general secretary, was in

Brazil and had this to say: "I am a father. And on behalf of Fifa send

my sympathy to the relatives of the victims. I can not imagine the pain

they are now, it is not natural for a parent bury a child."


fire, believed to have been started by fireworks, claimed many lives on

Saturday night as thick smoke enveloped the venue and people clambered

for the few available exits.

The story, which has been developing

throughout the day, has captured major attention worldwide due to the

scale of the devastating incident.



My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims...

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That title seems english newspaper. The article explains that number but is in portuguese.

"That does not mean it will not be ready. We will deliver the stadium with the demands of FIFA, but after world cup, according to our project, some things will be done and others will be removed"

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Japan Planning To Broadcast 4K TV As Soon As 2014

4K TV, the 3840 x 2160 pixel technology that blew everyone away at CES this year, is still a glimmer in most of the world’s collective eye. Japan, however, could get 4K broadcasts via satellite as soon as 2014, thereby pushing the state-of-the-art forward at a speed nearly unprecedented in the TV industry.

According to Asahi Times, the Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications department will transmit a 4K broadcast of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The service will use Japan’s communications satellites rather than its standard broadcast satellites.

Sony and others have announced 4K sets and prices are around $25,000, which could put a damper on your World Cup Japanese Beer Blast And 4K TV And Chicken Wing Party – unless you have the cash to slap 8 million pixels on your living room wall.



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That title seems english newspaper. The article explains that number but is in portuguese.

"That does not mean it will not be ready. We will deliver the stadium with the demands of FIFA, but after world cup, according to our project, some things will be done and others will be removed"

I don't think 92% conclusion means ready buddy. They'll come up with random things to excuse their delays and failures. Esse e o meu Brasil xD . But if works speed up a little from now that could be accomplished .

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2014 Ambassadors unveil Official Poster


In their first official mission, the newly appointed ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ today (30 January 2013) unveiled the tournament’s Official Poster at a media briefing in Rio de Janeiro. Four FIFA World Cup winners, Amarildo, Carlos Alberto Torres, Bebeto and Ronaldo, as well as women’s football star Marta, were invited by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke to end the suspense and help unveil the design. The Official Poster was the last remaining visual icon to be launched for the 2014 edition of FIFA’s flagship event.

“The poster is a great example of Brazil’s creative excellence. The winning entry will no doubt serve as a splendid visiting card for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, that is due to kick off in 498 days. The poster highlights the significance and sparkle of the event as well as the fascination of football in a very emotive way”, explained Valcke, who was part of a high-profile judging panel also made up of Brazilian Minister of Culture Marta Suplicy, LOC President Jose Maria Marin, Brazilian artist Romero Britto as well as LOC Board of Administration members Ronaldo and Bebeto.

“It’s different, Brazilian, creative and daring. It has our boundless size and manages to capture our rhythm and colours. Let’s go for victory!” said Marta Suplicy, Brazilian Minister of Culture.

The Official poster was designed by Brazilian creative agency Crama, which was selected ahead of two other designs.

“The Official Poster is an important step for showcasing Brazil and the FIFA World Cup in the Host Country and abroad. It is important to convey the message of a country that is modern, innovative, sustainable, happy, united and, of course, passionate about football,” explained Ronaldo.

“I’m sure that when Brazilians see the official poster they’ll feel represented. We’re proud of this important symbol of the FIFA World Cup, which also shows the passion for football in our country,” added Bebeto.

The artwork depicts the beauty and diversity of Brazil through a colourful, emotional and vibrant design. The creative concept at the heart of the poster is “An entire country at football’s service – Brazil and football: one shared identity”, which inspired Crama to shape the winning design. This is evident throughout the poster, particularly where the players‘ legs challenging for the ball reveal the map of Brazil.



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