Why is Brazil’s top football stadium (Maracana) in Rio de Janeiro rather than São Paulo?

Maracana stadium “was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup”, at which time it was the largest stadium in the world. I have heard the stadium referred to as “the spiritual home of Brazilian football” a few times, and this year it will once again host the World Cup Final. Why is Brazil’s top stadium in Rio, rather than in São Paulo, when the latter is a far larger city (not that Rio is small)?

1 Answer

In 1950 – when the stadium was built – Rio de Janeiro was the Brazilian capital city. That explain why the stadium was not built in Sao Paulo

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