Where does England play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil?
England fans will be in Brazil in their numbers to support the 3 Lions as they attempt to get out of a tricky group featuring Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica. Let's take a close look at each of the cities that Roy Hodgson's men will be performing in and the stadiums playing host for each of England's group games.
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England v Italy Manaus, June 14th
England open their campaign against the Italians in the city of Manaus on June 14th. The game will take place at the Arena da Amazonia and travelling fans will be privileged to get this deep into the real Brazil. Manaus is situated in the northwest of Brazil and sort of serves as a gateway city to the Amazon ensuring that the city is in the unique position of being able to offer visitors a mixture of culture, art and wild nature. If time permits around the game then a quick guided river tour is definitely recommended. Other not-to-be-missed activities include a trip to the Opera and a browse around Mercado Adolpho Lisboa.
England v Uruguay Sao Paulo, June 19th
From the unique Manaus to bustling Sao Paulo, there will be a distinct contrast between the two host cities for England's opening 2 games. England will take on Luis Suarez and his Uruguay teammates in game 2 at the Arena de São Paulo. Fans will not be at a loose end in and around the game as Sao Paulo offers plenty to see in terms of architecture, markets and museums. Sao Paulo is an amazing city to cycle in so this should be the transportation you choose to really soak in the city's unique atmosphere. You can catch live Samba music in the myriad bars scattered all over and sample some tasty street food.
England v Italy Belo Horizonte, June 24th
The third game against Costa Rica takes place at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte which is a short journey from Rio de Janeiro. The city itself has the distinction of being the first planned city in Brazil and as such it is quite a wealthy city with plenty of white collar workers. There is plenty of big music concerts throughout the summer, theatre offerings, great food and parks galore. Belo Horizonte’s Mercado Central is a must and you can get free tastings of the beautiful foods available - be sure to try the local cheese!