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Maracana to get £175m facelift

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Brazil's iconic Maracana Stadium is to get a £175m facelift in preparation for the 2014 World Cup.

Here's the full story: news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/fro...

The stadium, which has seen many great moments, such as Uruguay's shock 2-1 victory over Brazil to win the 1950 World Cup, Pele's 1,000th career goal and 'that goal' by England's John Barnes in 1984.

It has undergone several changes over the years and can no longer hold anywhere near the 200,000 that crammed in for the 1950 final.

It's new capacity will be a more modest 82,000, but it still remains one of the most recognisable stadiums in the world.

Have you ever been and if so what are your memories of watching football there?

And where does it rank on a list of iconic stadiums around the world?

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posted Dec 18, 2009

Maracana is an okay stadium but it is too big and lacks athmosphere, it is not a patch on the theatre of dreams 'Gortakeegan' Monagahan United's ground which has the most unique athmospher of any ground i have seen in europe

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posted Dec 18, 2009

It's an iconic stadium for sure but it is outdated. Now it's just a piece of history.
Red star Belgrade named their stadium after this one too, so it was groundbreaking in it's day. It can't compare with elite European stadia now

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posted Dec 18, 2009


Several years when I lived in Brazil for a while I had the chance to see a Flu Fla derby. The major Rio clubs tend to only use the Maracana for the big games and this was certainly one of them.

Good atmosphere as you would expect but that year Fluminense were struggling having been allowed to stay in the top division the year before in a way that any Brazilian posters will know only too well! The same 'salsa shenanigans' has helped the team I followed, Gremio from relegation also.

But the stadium itself was tatty compared to the Stadio Olympico or Beira Rio in Porto Alegre. The overriding impression was how far the fans are from the pitch.


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posted Dec 18, 2009

I went to the Azteca to watch the Mexico vs USA WC Qualifier in 2005 and was astounded by its atmosphere (especially as they thought I was American). If the Macarena is in proportion then I imagine it to be truly awesome.

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posted Dec 18, 2009

The 'Maca' needed a refurb - for atmosphere though nothing and I MEAN NOTHING compares to Paradise, Celtic Park...

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posted Dec 18, 2009

La Bombonera, hope of Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires - amazing atmosphere - the almost sheer sides, fatastic acoustics and the fact that the stands vibrate/rock as the fans jump up and down make it an incredible place to watch a match (particularly the "Superclassico" derby vs arch rivals River Plate). It must rank as one of, if not the most intimidating places to play for any away team.

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posted Dec 18, 2009

Brazil has A LOT of work to do before it hosts the World Cup. Nearly all its stadia are badly out of date and poorly maintained by international standards and some, including the MaracanŠ, are downright dangerous. 3 people were killed a couple of years ago when part of it collapsed although that section has been closed. ( I.Fraser, Atibaia,Brazil)

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comment by joeata (U14267421)

posted Dec 18, 2009

in 1990 whilst visiting family in Rio i took the opportunity to watch a game between Fluminense and Botafogo, my son who was 11 years old at the time was awed by the sheer size of this stadium ....the attendance was listed at 70000 and the stadium looked somewhat empty...but it was a memorable sight.

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