Manaus 2014

Joseph Blatter, president of FIFA, announced on Sunday 31st May that Manaus will be one of the 12 Brazilian cities to host matches in the 2014 World Cup.

This is great news for Manaus, and is likely to be the biggest thing to happen here since the rubber boom. The Federal government alone is pledged to invest $6bn Euro in the infrastructural improvements required (including a metro system – maybe even broadband internet – maybe even direct flights from Europe!!), and there will be further investment from State, Municipal and of course private funds. Even allowing for the inevitable losses through corruption and cronyism, this is a level of investment which cannot fail to change the face of Manaus forever.

I think it’s fantastic news, and I’m very happy for the people of Manaus. And whilst it is against my nature to speak well of politicans generally, it would be remiss of me not to note that Amazonas State Governor Eduardo Braga and his team did a magnificent job of representing Manaus throughout the bidding process. Global financial crisis? What global financial crisis? Hooray for Manaus! It would of course be rather neat to see Northern Ireland (or Ireland or England or Wales or Scotland – not necessarily in order of preference) play here, but maybe that’s asking too much…

The other cities selected (see map) are Belo Horizonte (Mineirao stadium), Brasilia (Mane Garrincha), Curitiba (Arena da Baixada), Cuiaba (Verdao), Fortaleza (Castelao), Natal (Estrela dos Reis Magos), Porto Alegre (Beira-Rio), Recife-Olinda, (Arena Recife-Olinda), Rio de Janeiro (Maracana), Salvador (Arena da Bahia) and Sao Paulo (Morumbi).

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3 Responses to Manaus 2014

  1. tcm says:

    Thanks Garry & Pete. Designs for the bar are under way & we'll be watching for ticket sales. You'll be coming, of course…


  2. Anonymous says:

    Great news for you Clive,get your feelers out now for some tickets and I will come over and take Aaron to see some matches.You never know I might even be able to get Dawn on the plane !!!!!! Take care Garry.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Now if you had your Irish/N.Irish bar up and running in time for the World Cup…………….



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