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What to do in São Paulo if you love soccer

Leonor Macedo

Getty Images, Luciano Mattos Bogado, Publicity, Bernardo Paglia

The majority of immigrants in Brazil live in the capital city, having grown deep roots in its history and culture

 

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Museu do Futebol: Praça Charles Miller, s/n

Museu do Futebol

People say this sport can explain the world, but to better understand it, one needs to drop by this museum. With a substantial interactive archive, it shows the evolution of soccer in Brazil until the country became the greatest champion of all time. You can also visit the bleachers section of Estádio do Pacaembu.

 

Rua Javari

Going to Rua Javari, in the neighborhood of Mooca, is an encounter with old-time soccer. For nostalgic types, fun revolves around eating cannoli at Estádio Conde Rodolfo Crespi while watching a second-league match for the State Championship.

Rua Javari: Rua Javari, 117

 

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Memorial da América Latina: Avenida Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 664

Memorial da América Latina

Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, it’s where Latin American peoples meet. Besides the permanent archive, it hosts exhibitions – also about soccer –, film festivals, parties, and food markets.

 

Arquibancada Botões Clássicos

Many bars in São Paulo are dedicated to soccer, showing pictures and flags. This one is a little different: it has button soccer tables (a tabletop simulating a soccer field, used in a game played with buttons representing the players) where customers can play while having a cold beer and watching an important match on TV.

Arquibancada Botões Clássicos: Rua Raul Pompeia, 1.011

 

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9:30 pm – Morumbi stadium

June 14 - Brazil X Bolivia

June 17 - Japan X Chile

 

Eating at the stadium

Close to the stadiums and arenas in São Paulo, you’ll find food stands that sell pulled pork and Italian sausage sandwiches.