Sao Paulo – City of Sport, Fashion and Gastronomy

Founded: January 25, 1554
Population: 11.3 million (19.2 wider geographic area)
Altitude: 760m
State: Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo brazil
Sao Paulo brazil

State of Sao Paulo is the largest economical and industrial region of Brazil, and also the richest district. It is inhabited by 12 percent of the entire population of Brazil, which is not surprising, considering that it has 40 million inhabitants, of which about 19 ​​million live in the wider geographical area of the capital. Sao Paulo is the capital of the state, and with 11 million inhabitants it is the most populated city in the southern hemisphere, and the seventh in the world. It was established in 1554 and named according to Saint Paul of Tarsus. Sao Paulo is known as a city of sport, fashion and gastronomy, as well as a host of the largest gay pride parade in the world. New Year’s Eve Marathon (Saint Silvester Road Race) through the streets of Sao Paulo is one of the most famous in the world. This city is also host to the race for the Brazilian Grand Prix Formula 1, ATP tournaments, as well as the biggest Fashion Week not only in Brazil, but also in the South America. Sao Paulo has the largest gross domestic product in the South America and throughout the South hemisphere, but the population outside the city is poor with a high rate of crime. A resident of Sao Paulo is known as „Paulistano“’, and the city has an interesting motto: „Non ducor, duco“, which means: „I’m not being led, I lead“. While Brazil was a colony, Sao Paulo was known as Sampa or Sidade da Garoa, meaning „city of drizzle“. This city has nearly 2.5 million immigrants from all over the world – beside the natives, Italians, Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish are the most numerous. Unpredictable weather due to humid subtropical climate is characteristic of Sao Paulo, which is why the summers are hot and humid, and winters are mild. This means that during the summer, between January and March, temperatures are between 15 and 30 degrees, and in winter between 10 and 25 degrees.

Sao Paulo has four teams in the highest ranked competition – Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Palmeiras and Portuguesa, while Juventus and Nacional are members of Serie B. Without a doubt, Palmeiras is one of the most popular clubs, with nearly 17 million fans and a record of 10 titles in national competitions – eight titles of the national champion (1960, 1967, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1993, 1994) and two trophies in Cup of Brazil (1998, 2012). Additionally, Palmeiras has one Copa Libertadores trophy (1999) in its display cases. Sao Paulo is the most successful Brazilian club in the international arena, with 12 trophies: FIFA Club World Cup – 1 (2005), Intercontinental Cup – 2 (1992, 1993), Copa Libertadores – 3 (1992, 1993, 2005), Copa Sudamericana – 1 (2012), Copa CONMEBOL – 1 (1994). Also, Sao Paulo is one of only five clubs that have never dropped out of the elite rank of the national competition, along with Santos, Flamengo, Internacional and Cruzeiro. Corinthians is the oldest among the four elite clubs of Sao Paulo (founded 1910), and with five national titles (1990, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2011) and three titles of winner Cup of Brazil (1995, 2002, 2009) is one of the most successful clubs in Brazil. In addition, on the international scene Corinthians has won two world club championships (2000, 2002) and once the Copa Libertadores (2012).

This year’s World Cup will be played at Arena Corinthians, which will be called Arena de Sao Paulo during the championship. It is the fifth largest stadium in the Brazilian elite rank of the competition, and the 11th largest in the whole of Brazil. It has a capacity of 48,234 seats, but it will be increased to 65,000 places, because it will host the first match of the World Cup – between Brazil and Croatia.

Fixtures at the Arena de Sao Paulo:

June 12: Brazil – Croatia
June 19: Uruguay – England
June 23: Netherlands – Chile
June 26: South Korea – Belgium

July 1: Quarter final
July 9: Semifinals

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