Qatar 2022: matches will be intensely experienced in the streets of Brazil

The Qatar 2022 World Cup will begin this Sunday, November 20, and in Brazil, the largest country in South America, the popular fervor for the greatest soccer event will be intensely experienced in clubs, parks, bars, and stadiums, despite the fact that the matches will be played 11 thousand kilometers away.

In the country of Rio de Janeiro, soccer is much more than a sport. It’s a culture, it’s a national identity, it’s something of passion and religion. And following the biggest event in world soccer from the epicenter of those emotions is an incredible experience.

Although Brazilians have their soccer rivalries over the clubs in the domestic league, there is a common fan base that paralyzes the country every four years to vibrate or cry together in one voice and for one name: the Brazilian team.

Perhaps for this reason, or because it is the only country that has five World Cups, Brazil will be the only country that will celebrate the traditional FIFA Fan Fest twice: one in Rio de Janeiro and the other in São Paulo, which will be added to parties similar to those in Mexico City, London, Seoul and Dubai (United Arab Emirates); The main one will be in the Parque al Bidda in Doha, in the host country of the 2022 World Cup.

In Rio, the party will be in the copacabana beach, an iconic neighborhood in the southern area of ​​the Rio de Janeiro capital built on the shores of a coastal strip of just over four kilometers. It is the same beach where a crowd of two million people gather every year to receive the first of January under the roar of fireworks.

There, at the Fan Fest, the Brazilian matches will be broadcast on a thousand-inch high-definition screen, the day will continue with shows and a wide gastronomic offer, at the height of the central Princesa Isabel avenue and with views of some of the most sophisticated hotels on the waterfront.

The Fan Fests are free to enter, but you must reserve a ticket on the official site. Other events – which will combine music, gastronomy and soccer – will take place in well-known places in the city such as Morro de Urca, the Jockey Club or the Nilton Santos athletics stadium, better known as Engenhão.

São Paulo, the largest Brazilian city, will also have its Fan Fest in Vale do Anhangabaúa park located in the central region of the city with a view of São Paulo architectural symbols such as the Palacio dos Correios, the Viaduto do Chá, the Matarazzo building (where the government of the capital works) and the splendid Municipal Theater.

Between matches, it’s a good idea to delve into the wonders of a city with some of the most important museums in South America, such as the majestic MASP or the nearby FIESP cultural center.

In addition to options to get to know the city from above, such as the SESC São Paulo Viewpoint (free access, prior reservation) or Ibirapuera Park, inside which not only will one of the allegorical parties to the competition take place (Arena Brasileira and another in the Ibirapuera Gymnasium, for example). There are no less than six magnificent cultural centers with agendas for all ages.

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Qatar 2022: matches will be intensely experienced in the streets of Brazil