The city’s iconic Pacaembu Stadium contrasts a sleek, crosstown arena
By Dan Stelly | Photo via Wally Gobetz
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
As is the case with most Brazilian cities, new and old constantly intersect in São Paulo. The city’s crosstown stadiums are participants in the fascinating dichotomy, with the sleek Arena Corinthians — constructed for the 2014 World Cup — juxtaposed against the 75-year-old Pacaembu Stadium. Today, the legendary ground is no longer home to a permanent tenant, but the former home of Brazilian powerhouse Corinthians still contains plenty of championship memories, particularly from a dominant run of play during the 1980s and 90s.
There’s also the 1950 World Cup, a tournament most local folk would rather forget following Brazil’s capitulation in the final to Uruguay. Pacamebu played host to six matches, including Brazil’s 2–2 draw with Switzerland, but the responsibility of hosting the nation’s most famous loss ultimately fell on the shoulders of the Maracanã.
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Additional photos: Rob & Imagens Portal SESCSP