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Salvador Will Be Host To 6 World Cup 2014 Games


The Arena Fonte Nova is one of the twelve host stadiums in the upcoming Brazil 2014 World Cup. Located in Salvador, the capital of the northeastern state of Bahia, the ‘new’ Fonte Nova will host six matches in what is expected to be one of the best World Cups in history. 

The city of Salvador is ready to be part of the most prestigious sporting event on the planet.  The historic city (founded in 1549 as Brazil’s first capital) known for its Afro-Brazilian culture, will provide fans with unique traditions, tropical beaches, unique food, and monumental colonial structures.

Salvador will host a number of great first round matches including Spain vs Netherlands, Germany vs Portugal and Switzerland vs France.

Salvador 2014 World Cup Schedule

4 First Round Group Match Games (June 13 - June 25, 2014)

June 13, 2014 - Spain vs Netherlands

June 16, 2014 - Germany vs Portugal

June 20, 2014 - Switzerland vs France

June 25, 2014 - Bosnia/Herzegovina vs Iran

2 Second Round Elimination Games (July 1 and July 5, 2014)

Round of 16

July 1, 2014 - 1H vs 2G (Game 56)

- Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea

- Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA

Round of 8

July 5, 2014 - Winner 51 (1B vs 2A) vs Winner 52 (1D vs 2C)

- Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

- Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

- Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

- Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan



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Carnival 2016, February 4th through February 10th (6 nights)

Salvador’s Carnival is the  largest (and best!) street party in the world.  On it’s biggest nights, Salavdor’s carnival is estimated to have close to 1 million people on it’s streets.  As you’ll soon realize, this party is HUGE!

For 6 nights (and days) Carnival takes the city by storm.  Banks and businesses shut, school stops, and Carnival reigns king.  Brazil’s biggest musical stars (as well as some of the top name international DJ’s and artists) take to the streets of Salvador in a celebration of life that is joined by the entire city.

Where does the Carnival take place?

Geographically, Salvador’s Carnival takes place principally in three places.  The three main carnival circuits are:


-Campo Grande/Centro


The circuits are all found in the city center and are relatively close to one another.  If one doesn’t get caught in Carnival traffic, one can shuttle back and forth by taxi from one circuit to the other in about 15 minutes.

How can you participate in the Carnival?

There are three ways to brincar (play) the carnival;

1) Bloco/Trio electrico: Join a carnival bloco and follow its trio elétrico down the carnival circuit. To join a bloco, you buy an abadá (shirt).

2) Camarote: Watch the blocos and their accompanying trio elétricos from the comforts of a camarote, an enormous club-like structure which lines the carnival circuit. The camarote functions as both a viewing box and a party within the party, complete with DJ's, live bands, bars, food, etc. To get into a camarote, you need to buy an abadá (shirt).

3) Pipoca: Hit the streets as pipoca (popcorn) as it is called here in Brazil. There are literally over a million people in the streets on the busiest carnival nights. Most of them crowd the carnival circuits waiting to catch a glimpse of the passing blocos and their trio elétricos. No cost involved here. You don't need to spend a cent to enjoy carnival this way, but don't forget your lifejacket or you might drown in a sea of humanity. You've never experienced crowds like this before anywhere, EVER!!!!

For much, MUCH, MUCH more information on Salvador’s Carnival, including information on the artists you’ll see, the style’s of music, you’ll hear, and the “where to be” and “when to be there”, take a look at our in-depth Carnival guide, www.SalvadorCarnivalGuide.com

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Daniel Blumenthal

American Ex-Pat living in Salvador

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