Estádio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
This Pleiades image, acquired 17 March 2014, shows the Estádio do Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The stadium was constructed in 1948, and opened in 1950, in time to host that year's World Cup. It even hosted the final match in that year's tournament in which Uruguay won again Brazil.
In 2014, the stadium is one of the venues for matches in the second World Cup the country has hosted and seven matches will take place here. The stadium today has a capacity of approximately 80,000 people, which is larger than most footballs stadiums. But when it was constructed it had a far larger capacity. During the 1950 World Cup it hosted almost 200,000 people.
The stadium, which takes its name from the nearby Maracanã River, is located in Rio de Janeiro the second largest city in Brazil. The city has an estimated population of approximately 6 million people and is situated on the southern coast of Brazil.
Rio, as it is often simplified to, is one of the most popular tourist destinations not only in Brazil but throughout South America. This is due to its pleasant climate, coastal position, cultural attractions and historical landmarks. One such landmark is the famous statue, Christ the Redeemer, which was constructed atop a mountain looking down at the city.
The city was founded by Portugal in 1565, and later served as the capital of Brazil until 1960.
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