FIFA World Cup 2014 | Brasilia: Host City Profile

Built from scratch between 1956 and 1960 to give the nation a new capital, Brasilia is the epitome of urban legend.

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FIFA World Cup 2014 | Cuiabá: Host City Profile

The ‘pequeno’ of them all, Cuiabá, the capital of the state of Mato Grasso, is the smallest host city of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Curitiba: Host City Profile

Keen to market itself as not just another urban sprawl, the capital of the state of Paraná is Brazil’s budding model city.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Fortaleza: Host City Profile

It’s hot, it’s humid. Capital of the state of Ceará and the sunshine capital of Brazil, Fortaleza is one the country’s most addictive tastes of the tropics.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Manaus: Host City Profile

Home to almost two million people, Manaus sits in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and is the only World Cup host city located in the northwest fringes of the country.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Natal: Host City Profile

Named so after being established as settlement on December 25th 1599, Natal is Brazil’s ‘Christmas town’ in perennial holiday season.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Porto Alegro: Host City Profile

Set in the heartland of Brazil’s deep south, Porto Alegro is the latin-infused hub on the doorstep of South America’s cowboy country.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Recife: Host City Profile

Some of the country’s best beaches are the main lure to this coastal city also known as the Brazilian Venice.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Rio De Janeiro: Host City Profile

Always in contention for “Most Beautiful City on Earth” gongs, there’s a lot more to Rio than just Carnival and the Copacabana.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Salvador: Host City Profile

The capital of the north-eastern state of Bahia, Salvador is the rhythmic heartbeat of the country’s Afro-Brazilian Culture, and hosts a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands.

FIFA World Cup 2014 | São Paulo: Host City Profile

Brazil’s economic and cultural powerhouse, São Paolo (a.k.a. ‘Sampa’) is not only the country’s biggest city but also the largest metropolis in the Southern Hemisphere, and will host the opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 | Belo Horizonte: Host City Profile

“BH” to its locals, the inland city’s dramatic location and big-city buzz is preparing to broaden a new wave of travellers’ horizons, as it prepares to host six games at the FIFA World Cup 2014