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The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014: Manaus - Arena Amazonia.

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Arena Amazonia in Manaus played host to four, group stage, World Cup matches.

Arena Amazonia - Manaus, Brazil 2014
Manaus - Arena Amazonia

In the group stage, Manaus hosted fans from Travel to Cameroon Cameroon, Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to England England, Travel to Honduras Honduras, Travel to Italy Italy, Travel to Portugal Portugal, Travel to Switzerland Switzerland, Travel to USA USA.


Manaus is located at the confluence of the rivers Negro (Black) and Solimoes (Amazon).

First inhabited in 1669, Manaus went on to become the capital of the state of Amazonas.

Manaus has an equatorial climate, with an annual average temperature of 28ºC and consistently high humidity levels.

The rainy season in Manaus can last from December to May. During the 'not-so rainy' season, from June to November, temperatures of 40ºC are not uncommon.

Football in Manaus

The main football fan rivalaries in Manaus are between Nacional Futebol Clube, Sao Raimundo Esporte Clube, Atletico Rio Negro Clube, Nacional Fast Club and America Futebol Clube (America de Manaus).

Arena Amazonia - Manaus

2014 World Cup Finals fixtures played at Arena Amazonia.

Saturday, 14th June

Group D
Travel to England England vs Italy Travel to Italy (1:2)

Wednesday, 18th June

Group A
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon vs Croatia Travel to Croatia (0:4)

Sunday, 22nd June

Group G
Travel to USA USA vs Portugal Travel to Portugal (2:2)

Wednesday, 25th June

Group E
Travel to Honduras Honduras vs Switzerland Travel to Switzerland (0:3)

Manaus Accommodation

Where to Stay in Manaus

Hotels in Manaus.

Manaus Tourism

The main attraction of Manaus is the surrounding Amazon Rainforest.

It's a tourist sight in itself to float down beside the dark-coloured waters of the Rio Negro and muddy waters of the Amazon; stretching for some eighteen kilometres, before they start to mix together.

You should also visit the Teatro Amazonas (1896) in Manaus, built during a boom in the rubber trade.

The Amazonas Philharmonic is the official orchestra of the annual Amazonas Opera Festival; held between April and May.

Getting to Manaus

Manaus by Air

The Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport is located some 15km from the city centre.

Manaus by Boat

If you're not flying in to Manaus, you may want to come up the Amazon by boat from Belem.

Manaus by Bus

Roads in the Amazonas region aren't great but there are bus connections with Boa Vista in the north and to destinations in Venezuela.

The bus journey from Caracas takes about 36 hours.

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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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