FIFA World Cup 2014 Host City: Curitiba

FIFA World Cup 2014 Host City: Curitiba

The city of Curitiba is one of the finest examples of a bulky economic and industrial development carried out with responsibility and organisation.

Since it was declared the capital of the state of Paraná in 1853, the city has gone through several major urban planning projects to avoid uncontrolled growth and thus has become an international role model in dealing with such sensitive issues as transportation and the environment.

Curitiba is now the most populous city in the southern region of Brazil, with 1.8 million inhabitants, and stands right at the centre of a metropolitan area whose economy ranks fourth in terms of contribution to the country’s gross national product.

With all that, Curitiba still maintains the structural conditions to offer a remarkable welfare and quality of life to its residents, thanks to its innumerable parks and a high-profile cultural schedule.

The curitibanos owe a lot of their cultural richness to the massive immigration process through which the south of Brazil underwent during the 19th century, when it welcomed a huge contingent of Germans, Italians, Ukrainians and Polish.

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The modern side of this historic city

These traits are noticeable in such city landmarks as the Santa Felicidade neighbourhood, with its first-class Italian cantinas; the Bosque Alemão (German Wood) and the Ukrainian church replica at fabulous Tingüi Park

Besides the Tingüi, other important parks that showcase Curitiba’s concern with preserving green areas include the Tanguá, the Barigüi and the impressive Botanical Garden. Other city attractions revolve around its pulsating cultural life, like the Ópera de Arame (a theatre all built with glass and iron wires) and the pungent Oscar Niemeyer Museum, designed by the architect himself.

The city is located 105 kilometres west of the sea port at Paranaguá and it is served by Afonso Pena International and Bacacheri airports.

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The Botanical Gardens are among the most popular tourist destinations in the city of Curitiba

Football

Curitiba is home to two traditional clubs of Brazilian football: Coritiba Foot Ball Club and Clube Atlético Paranaense, who meet for one of the most exciting derbies in the country, the Atletiba - a reason for frenzy in Curitiba since the two teams’ very first meeting in 1924.

Coritiba, nicknamed Coxa, conquered the Campeonato Brasileiro title in 1985 and own the Couto Pereira stadium, while rivals Atlético Paranaense, the Furacão (Hurricane), were national champions in 2001 and are proud owners of the Joaquim Américo stadium, popularly known as Arena da Baixada, which was demolished and rebuilt from the scratch in 1999 and is now considered one of the best and most modern football grounds in Brazil

The city’s third representative in Brazil’s main football scene are Paraná Clube, founded in 1989 as a fusion of two other teams; Colorado and Pinheiros. The Tricolor plays its home matches at the Durival de Britto e Silva stadium, which was one of the venues of the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Fast Facts

Name: Curitiba
State: Paraná
Population: 1,851,215
Altitude: 934.6 m
Climate: Located in Southern Brazil, Curitiba is situated on a plateau and has a maritime temperate climate.
Professional Football Clubs: Coritiba Foot Ball Club, Clube Atlético Paranaense and Paraná Clube.