Maracanã Stadium-Estádio Mário Filho

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Doni Clemons

Maracanã, officially called Estádio Mário Filho, is a huge, round, open stadium, resembling a gigantic blue, green, yellow, and white donut. Originally, it was built to serve as the primary venue for the 1950 World Cup and is now regarded as of the most iconic soccer temples in the world . In 1966, the stadium was officially renamed after Brazilian journalist Mário Filho, but most people still refer to the stadium as Maracanã.
Recently, Maracanã was the site of several matches and the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup. Maracanã will also host the 2014 World Cup final as well as six other matches.The stadium can be easily accessed by metro and train. Both soccer fans and non-soccer fans can appreciate the significance of the stadium to a country that loves soccer as much as Brazil, especially after walking through a guided tour-which are offered daily. Don’t forget to take a photo in front of the main entrance with the statue of Bellini while you’re there.


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