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Culture & Regional

In Brazil on November 26, 2010 at 9:05 am

BUILDING OF THE WEEK

Render of an administrative building in Cone Suape, the urban project  to surround the massive Port and Industrial complex of Suape near Recife, PE. A project worth 1,4 billion reais and financed by the BNDES (BW).

SPORTS

Football clubs in Brazil and other South American nations have traditionally sold their best players to Europe and other parts of the world in order to balance their books. But now many believe the trend is changing in Brazil, with clubs seeking to run themselves better and not be forced to cash in on their best assets every year (BBC).

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BRASILIA

Brasilia has hit back at suggestions Sao Paulo will host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup, quoting a letter from soccer’s world governing body FIFA which says the contest is still open (Reuters).

RIO

Police in Rio de Janeiro say they now have total control of the Vila Cruzeiro shanty town, as they continue a crackdown on violent drug gangs. Security forces earlier deployed armoured vehicles, transporting armed police, into Vila Cruzeiro, in the north of the city. The offensive comes after five days of clashes which have killed at least 30 people (BBC).

Sports and tourism expert Jeanine Pires is heading up the new government organization – Brasil 2016 – that will coordinate the various infrastructure projects and other aspects associated with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BBC).

Arpoador, located in Zona Sul between the fort of Copacabana and Ipanema beach, spans just over 500 meters of coastline. As the natural separation point between Copacabana and Ipanema beach, the Arpoador Rock provides beautiful views of Rio’s most famous beaches. The Rio Times takes a closer look.

Local correspondents help you get the most out of a stay in Brazil’s former capital which was also once the capital of the Portuguese empire. Read Reuters‘s advice on what to do with your 48 hours in Rio.

With the world’s two biggest sporting events – the World Cup and the Olympic Games – set to be staged in Brazil within the next six years, the country is hoping to use the events to their economic advantage. The BBC reports from Soccerex in Rio.

RIO GRANDE

Rio Grande (RS) in south Brazil is geared to become “Mercosur hub and main port”. The port city has rapidly become the main competitor of the port of Montevideo based on a sustained expansion, deep dredging, the construction of new piers and update equipment (Mercopress).

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SAO PAULO

Perhaps because of the international success of the Brazilian film ”City of God”, for many the word favela is synonymous Rio de Janeiro, more so than São Paulo. But Brazil’s largest city struggles with the same challenges, and the census at the turn of the century recorded that a third of the city’s population were living in the over 600 favelas within and around the city (The Rio Times).

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is set to visit Brazil next month to check the progress the twelve cities are making with their respective stadiums. The former lawyer, 72, is particularly concerned about the state of affairs in São Paulo, where none of the current stadiums meet the required standards (The Rio Times).

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