Featured in this photo is the stadium where the opening game for the Confederation Cup will be played: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha.
This is a multi-function stadium which is located in the capital city Brasilia and primarily used for football matches for the home team, Legião Futebol Clube.
This stadium was built in 1974,and named after Garrincha, a right wing football player who played an important role in the 1958-62 WORLD CUP win for Brazil.
The stadium was renamed in early 2010 – they dropped his nickname “Mané” and left the name as Estádio Nacional Garrincha. In April of the same year work was done to increase the capacity of the stadium from 42,200 to 70,042. This was necessary to respond to the expected crowds not only for the Confederation Cup but also the 2014 World Cup crowds and the Olympic Summer Games for 2016. The stadium was officially re-opened May 18, 2013.
On the 15th of June, the stadium will host the opening match of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup between Brazil and Japan.
#Pierotucci will be avidly following “the Azzurri” on this adventure to win the 2013 Confederation Cup – and of course they will be doing so with all of their favorite Italian Fan Jersey and Hats close at hand including hats, shorts and scarves!