The Pitch: Maracana

Opened: 1950

Location: Rio de Janeiro

Club: Fluminense (since 1950)

Country: Brazil

Capacity: 78,838

Built for the World Cup in 1950 the Estadio do Maracana is an iconic football venue that symbolizes football in Brazil, a country that has encaptured the beautiful game by playing the game in its most beautiful way.

The stadium held a record 199,000 spectators for the final match in 1950 when Brazil were beaten by Uruguay with many suggesting that even more were in the ground that day. Since 1950, the bowl shaped venue hosted many famous matches and players with Vasco de Gama, Botafogo, Flamengo & Fluminense all hosting home games there. In 1969 Pele scored his 1,000th goal fittingly at the stadium and in 1989 Romario would score the winning goal for Brazil in the Copa America in front of near 150,000. During the same year the great Zico scored his final of 333 goals for Flamengo at the home of Brazilian football.

In recent years the Maracana has gone over a much needed transformation whilst keeping the feel and aesthetics similar to how they were back in 1950, the venue is now a modern looking arena fit enough to host both the World Cup finals of 2014 and the Olympics of 2016. The venue is the home of sport in Brazil and one world acclaimed as one of the homes of football.

Famous Finals:

1950: Uruguay 2-1 Brazil (World Cup Final)

1963: Santos 3-2 Boca Juniors (Copa Libertadores Final) *1st leg

1981: Flamengo 2-1 Cobreloa (Copa Libertadores Final) *1st leg

1989: Brazil 1-0 Uruguay (Copa America Final)

2008: Fluminense 3-1 LDU Quito (Copa Libertadores Final) *2nd leg

2014: Germany 1-0 Argentina (World Cup Final)

2016: Brazil 1-1 Germany (Olympic Football Final)

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