Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Extra stadium info – Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
The Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, also known by its nickname Maracanã, is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. The construction of the venue started in 1948. Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Fluminense Football Club played numerous home games at the stadium. They all won Brazilian top-division titles. In 1963, the derby between Flamengo and Fluminense attracted a crowd of 194,000, which became a world record for a sports league match. The capacity of the venue is much lower nowadays after several renovations and because of better safety regulations. In 1983, the record attendance for a volleyball match was broken at the stadium, when 95,000 people showed up for a game between Brazil and the USSR.
In 2014, the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho became the second venue which hosted two FIFA World Cup matches which determined the winner of the tournament. In 1950, it hosted the decisive FIFA World Cup match between the national football teams of Brazil and Uruguay. Uruguay won the game after defeating Brazil 2-1. In 2014, the stadium hosted the final of the prestigious FIFA World Cup. The seventh FIFA World Cup match which determined the winner of the tournament in the Americas was won by Germany after defeating the Argentine Republic in front of 74,000 fans. The 2014 FIFA World Cup final became the first final in the Americas which was not won by a South American team.