World Cup’s Host Cities Series: Manaus

Embraced by the Amazon rainforest, Manaus might be the most exotic of the host cities. Sammya Cury is the guest writer sharing their thoughts with The Wee G as part of the World Cup’s Host Cities Series.

Sammya Cury is coordinator of the architect course at ULBRA

Sammya Cury is an architect

Manaus is the capital of Brazilian’s largest state, Amazon. The amazing world-famous rainforest covers around 90% of Amazon’s area. I believe Manaus was chosen as host city because its beauty and importance to the country as we don’t have any famous football team or a big tradition with sports.

The surprising victory against other strong candidates like Belém, capital of Para state, which have a better sports tradition, can be attributed to a good marketing campaign.  Manaus created and “sold” the brand “Green World Cup – The Amazon’s rainforest capital.”

Image by Jose Hilton Pereira

Image by Jose Hilton Pereira

Manaus has 2 million inhabitants. It’s a city that breathes modernisation and historical architecture; a heritage of the “rubber golden era”, period that brought immense prosperity to the city in the 19th century.

The 60’s brought industrialisation to the city with the creation of Manaus’s Free Economic Zone and the consequently implementation of the industrial district, which has the best and most productive industries in the world concentrated in a city that thrives development.

The challenges of building architect and urbanism structures that were up to FIFA’s standards, in the middle of the Amazon forest, were enormous. However, Manaus and its leaders have managed to transform strategic points in the city into touristic areas all in the name of our passion for football.


Image by Lucia Barreiros

Image by Lucia Barreiros

Manaus will be an amazing host city during the World Cup. Tourists will find that the city has a unique culture and embraces the miscegenation of the people from the urban areas, native Indians and people coming from other states.

The city has the beautiful Teatro Amazonas, heritage of the neoclassical architecture of the golden age of rubber. In the 19th century Manaus was known as the “Paris of the Tropics”. Today the most beautiful and famous operas in the world come to perform at our famous Theatre which is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world, accordingly to Brazilians.

Image by Hudson Alves

Image by Hudson Alves

In addition to the Amazon opera’s culture we also have the popular culture of the Boi Bumba, that happen in the city of Parintins, an island that welcomes tourists in late June for the biggest popular party in the world, infecting everyone with its musicality and exuberance.

Nature is what brings people to Manaus. The city is the starting point if you are interested in ecological tours that will present you to the Amazon rainforest, to our ecological parks, or take you in boat trips to the Meeting of Waters which is the confluence between the Rio Negro, a river with dark (almost black) water, and the sandy-coloured Amazon River or River Solimoes. A guaranteed unique and spectacular experience!

For all those reasons Manaus was the perfect choice to be one of the host cities of this year’s World Cup. The Green World Cup City, holder of the world’s largest rainforest brings an exotic and challenging contrast to the world of football.

Image by Rob

Image by Rob

The stadium Arena Amazon  hosted four games during the World Cup.

Good luck to all 32 teams who will visit our country!

There is one comment

  1. Marcio Teixe

    It’s amazing the Amazon state have this opportunity to be one of the host city from the world cop!!! Manaus is very welcome city, bringing to everyone a warm and beautiful nature . Up come city,day by day it’s just busy as any other city in the world. Embrace that magnific world cop with a great professionalism . Security in the city was from head to toe. I most say welldone to Manaus city. I definitely recommend it not only for this but for any other celebration like our magnificent Festival from Parintins too. You will be surprised with Amazon Opera in the middle of the jungle city.

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