Sao Paulo Travel Guide
São Paulo State has several well-funded teams with some of the country's best players. The four main teams—Corinthians, São Paulo, Palmeiras, and Santos—attract fans from other states. Corinthians and Palmeiras will open new stadiums during the 2014 World Cup. São Paulo's Morumbi and the municipally run Pacaembu, meanwhile, will continue to host matchups featuring Brazilian clubs. Covered seats offer the best protection, not only from the elements but also from rowdy spectators. Buy tickets at the stadiums or online at www.ingressofacil.com.br. Futebol Tour (www.futeboltour.com.br) also sells packages that include transportation to and from the stadiums, admission, and information folders. Regular games usually don't sell out, but finals and classicos between the big four—for which you can buy tickets up to five days in advance—generally do. For a history lesson on the "beautiful game," check out the interactive Soccer Museum at the Pacaembu stadium.
Arena Corinthians. The new R$850-million home of Corinthians soccer club is scheduled to host the opening of the 2014 World Cup. The seating capacity of 48,000 will expand temporarily to 68,000 for the Cup games. Av. Miguel Inácio Curi 111, Vila Carmosina, São Paulo, 08295–005. 011/2095–3000 or 011/2095–3175. www.corinthians.com.br/arena. Metrô: Corinthians-Itaquera.
Canindé. The home team, Portuguesa, is the main attraction here, though the bolinhos de bacalhau (salt-cod fritters), popular among the Portuguese immigrants, run a close second. Rua Comendador Nestor Pereira 33, Canindé, São Paulo, 03034–070. 011/2125–9400. www.portuguesa.com.br.
Estádio da Javari. The 4,000-seat Estádio da Javari, also known as Estádio Conde Rodolfo Crespi, is where Juventus plays. It's an ideal place to soak up some Italian atmosphere—Moóca is an Italian neighborhood—and eat a cannoli while cheering for the home team. Rua Javari 117, Moóca, São Paulo, 03166–100. 011/2693-4688 or 011/2292–4833. www.juventus.com.br. Metrô: Moóca.
Morumbi. The home stadium of São Paulo Futebol Clube seats 67,000 people. When soccer isn't being played here, other events take place, including concerts by stars such as Lady Gaga. Praça Roberto Gomes Pedroza 1, Morumbi, São Paulo, 05653–070. 011/3742–3377 or 011/3749–8000. www.saopaulofc.net.
Nova Arena. This new arena, scheduled to open in 2014, is configured to seat about 45,000 people for soccer. The home team, Palmeiras, started playing at Estádio Palestra Itália, the stadium previously on this site, in 1920. Rua Turiassu 1840, Barra Funda, São Paulo, 05005–000. 011/3874-6500. www.novaarena.com.br. Metrô: Barra Funda.
Pacaembu. The first games of the 1950 World Cup were played at this stadium. The plaza it inhabits is named for the Englishman who introduced Brazil to soccer. One interesting fact you'll learn at the Museu de Futebol (soccer museum), which is housed here, is that the soccer legend Pelé scored 115 goals in 119 career games at Pacaembu. Praça Charles Miller s/n, Pacaembú, São Paulo, 01234–900. 011/3664–4650 or 011/3663–6888. Metrô: Clínicas.