Brazil 2014 - World Cup Cities

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Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte by Weigler Godoy on Unsplash.

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Belo Horizonte - Estadio Mineirao.

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Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte played host to six World Cup matches, including a semi-final.

Estadio Mineirao - Belo Horizonte, Brazil 2014
Belo Horizonte - Estadio Mineirao

In the group stage, Belo Horizonte hosted fans from Travel to Algeria Algeria, Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Colombia Colombia, Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica, Travel to England England, Travel to Greece Greece and Travel to Iran Iran.

Belo Horizonte

After Brazil became a republic in 1889, Belo Horizonte replaced Ouro Preto as the capital city of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

Once Belo Horizonte expanded beyond the urban planning vision of Aarao Reis, the Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, was commissioned to design Belo Horizonte's new neighbourhoods with wide avenues, squares and parks.

Football in Belo Horizonte

The local football fans will probably support Atletico (Clube Atletico Mineiro), Cruzeiro (Cruzeiro Esporte Clube), or America (America Futebol Clube).

Belo Horizonte is where England lost (0:1) to USA; on 29th June, 1950.

Estadio Mineirao - Belo Horizonte

2014 World Cup Finals fixtures played at Estadio Mineirao.

Saturday, 14th June

Group C
Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Greece Travel to Greece (3:0)

Tuesday, 17th June

Group H
Travel to Belgium Belgium vs Algeria Travel to Algeria (2:1)

Saturday, 21st June

Group F
Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Iran Travel to Iran (1:0)

Tuesday, 24th June

Group D
Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica vs England Travel to England (0:0)

Saturday, 28th June

Second Round
Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Chile Travel to Chile (1:1aet) (3:2 pens)

Tuesday, 8th July

Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Germany Travel to Germany (1:7)

Belo Horizonte Accommodation

Where to Stay in Belo Horizonte

Hotels in Belo Horizonte.

Belo Horizonte Tourism

The Terminal Rodoviario Governador Israel Pinheiro, at at Metro Estacao Lagoinha, is Belo Horizonte's bus terminal.

If you're in Belo Horizonte for a few days, you may want to visit the old colonial cities of Mariana, Ouro Preto and Congonhas (about 100km away from Belo Horizonte).

Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais:
Tourist information for visitors to Belo Horizonte provided by the Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais government website.

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2014 World Cup Cities

Belo Horizonte: 1st Round (4) - Second Round - Semi-final.

Brasilia: 1st Round (4) - Second Round - Quarter-final - Third Place Match.

Cuiaba: 1st Round (4).

Curitiba: 1st Round (4).

Fortaleza: 1st Round (4) - Second Round - Quarter-final.

Manaus: 1st Round (4).

Natal: 1st Round (4).

Porto Alegre: 1st Round (4) - Second Round.

Recife: 1st Round (4) - Second Round.

Rio de Janeiro: 1st Round (4) - Second Round - Quarter-final - 2014 World Cup Final.

Salvador: 1st Round (4) - Second Round - Quarter-final.

Sao Paulo: 1st Round (4) - Second Round - Semi-final.

The Road to Rio

2014 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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