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5 soccer lovers must-sees in Porto Alegre

Leonor Macedo

Getty Images, Publicity, Otto Sporteman

The capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul is closer to Argentina and Uruguay than to other major Brazilian cities, which explains the neighboring countries’ influence on local soccer

 

Guaíba boardwalk

One of Gauchos’ favorite hot spots is the Guaíba River boardwalk, which is perfect for having a mate tea while appreciating the sunset. But it’s also a great place for soccer lovers, since the area is home to two sports courts and Estádio Beira-Rio, which is open to visitation.

Orla do Guaíba: Avenida Edvaldo Pereira Paiva, 4.570-4.688

 

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Estádio Beira-Rio: Avenida Padre Cacique, 891

Foodball

On 'Soccer Street,' bars and stores are dedicated to soccer. Among them is Foodball, all about food in the shape of... a football! Fritters and meatball portions are named after famous players.

Foodball: Rua Coronel Genuíno, 213

 

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Brechó do Futebol

Also on Soccer Street, this place is a combination brewery and café where you can buy and sell original team jerseys from all over the world. The problem is, the more you drink, the more you want to buy.

Brechó do Futebol: Rua Coronel Fernando Machado, 1.188

 

Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana

Even those who never wrote about soccer ended up getting into it. Mario Quintana used to watch the games just to bet on sports lottery. But when he lost his house, he was helped by Paulo Roberto Falcão. The defensive midfielder of the Brazilian squad owned a hotel and offered the poet a room.

Casa de Cultura Mario Quintana: Rua dos Andradas, 736

 

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4 pm - Arena do Grêmio stadium

June 15 - Venezuela X Peru

 

Eating at the stadium

Save some room in your stomach for a  Xis-Coração: an 8-inch [20 cm] bread  stuffed with everything you can imagine, even chicken hearts.