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Rio de Janeiro state legislature backs off plan to rename Maracana stadium for Pele
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Rio de Janeiro state legislature backs off plan to rename Maracana stadium for Pele

The Maracana, which takes its unofficial name from the surrounding neighbourhood, has been the scene of historic matches including the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals

Rio de Janeiro lawmakers sign bill to rename iconic Maracana stadium after football legend Pele
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Rio de Janeiro lawmakers sign bill to rename iconic Maracana stadium after football legend Pele

Lawmakers voted on Tuesday to change the stadium's official name to "Edson Arantes do Nascimento - Rei Pele" — the three-time world champion's full name, plus "King Pele," his nickname.

Copa Libertadores final to be played without fans at Maracana stadium due to COVID-19 pandemic
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Copa Libertadores final to be played without fans at Maracana stadium due to COVID-19 pandemic

The Copa Sudamericana final in Cordoba, Argentina will also be played without fans.

Football returns to Rio de Janeiro at the iconic Maracana Stadium, next to field hospital for COVID-19
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Football returns to Rio de Janeiro at the iconic Maracana Stadium, next to field hospital for COVID-19

Copa Libertadores champion Flamengo beat Bangu 3-0 in a local league game that was witnessed by fewer than 200 people in Brazil's historic 78,000-seat Maracanã Stadium

Copa Libertadores: 16 Flamengo fans arrested ahead of club's clash against Gremio for planning to invade Maracana stadium
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Copa Libertadores: 16 Flamengo fans arrested ahead of club's clash against Gremio for planning to invade Maracana stadium

Wednesday night’s match at the Maracana was sold out as Flamengo aim to reach the final of South America’s equivalent of the Champions League for the first time since 1981

Copa America 2019: Peru stun defending champions Chile to reach final for first time in 44 years
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Copa America 2019: Peru stun defending champions Chile to reach final for first time in 44 years

Goals from Edison Flores, Christian Cueva and Paolo Guerrero handed Peru a deserved win which sends them into a final against Brazil at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday.

Copa America 2019: Uruguay capitalised on Chile's weaknesses with right attitude and mentality, says striker Edinson Cavani
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Copa America 2019: Uruguay capitalised on Chile's weaknesses with right attitude and mentality, says striker Edinson Cavani

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani who scored the only goal for his side in the 1-0 win over Chile creditedthe win to the team playing with the right attitude

FIFA World Cup moments: When Uruguay silenced Brazil at Maracana to lift the trophy in 1950 mega-event
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FIFA World Cup moments: When Uruguay silenced Brazil at Maracana to lift the trophy in 1950 mega-event

The impact of Brazil vs Uruguay was succinctly put by the Uruguayan hero of the Maracanazo, Ghiggia, who famously said, "Three people have silenced the Maracana - Frank Sinatra, the Pope and me."

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Enamoured by Socrates, enticed by Kaka-Neymar, Kerala embraces Brazil as its own
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Enamoured by Socrates, enticed by Kaka-Neymar, Kerala embraces Brazil as its own

For the past fortnight, the support for Brazil has been ubiquitous, not just in Kochi but also the rest of Kerala. But what explains Kerala's undying obsession for Brazilian football?

Rio Paralympics 2016 Highlights: From overcoming all odds to beating Olympic records
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Rio Paralympics 2016 Highlights: From overcoming all odds to beating Olympic records

The Rio Paralympics featured thrilling victories, records, tears -- and controversy. Here are highlights of the first Games ever held in South America, which end Sunday.

Olympics 2016: Shinzo 'Super Mario' Abe steals the show at closing ceremony
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Olympics 2016: Shinzo 'Super Mario' Abe steals the show at closing ceremony

All the action in photos of the closing ceremony of Rio Olympics 2016.

Rio Olympics 2016: Brazil erupts in joy after Neymar fires winning penalty for football gold
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Rio Olympics 2016: Brazil erupts in joy after Neymar fires winning penalty for football gold

Brazil won the entire Olympics — or so it felt for fans dancing in the streets after Neymar fired the winning penalty for football gold.

Rio Olympics 2016, a veritable feast that celebrates endurance, exertion, excellence and elegance
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Rio Olympics 2016, a veritable feast that celebrates endurance, exertion, excellence and elegance

The Rio Olympics is a fortnight of breath taking festivities that will leave billions of people astounded at the unfathomable brilliance of human species

Rio Olympics 2016: Jeers for Brazil president during opening ceremony, protests dampen celebrations
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Rio Olympics 2016: Jeers for Brazil president during opening ceremony, protests dampen celebrations

The Maracana stadium erupted in jeers as Brazil's unpopular interim president Michel Temer opened the Rio Olympics on Friday — and the hostility spread far beyond the sports venue.

Rio Olympics 2016: In favela above opening ceremony, pride and disappointment
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Rio Olympics 2016: In favela above opening ceremony, pride and disappointment

Residents of the Mangueira favela, which overlooks the Maracana Stadium where the Olympic opening ceremony was held, expressed pride and disappointment.

Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sport's biggest carnival
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Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular opening ceremony kickstarts sport's biggest carnival

A glitzy and colourful opening ceremony on Friday night officially threw the Olympic Games open

Rio Olympics 2016: Brazil awaits grand opening ceremony, an anti-depressant amidst trouble
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Rio Olympics 2016: Brazil awaits grand opening ceremony, an anti-depressant amidst trouble

The carnival capital of Rio de Janeiro will host a glittering Olympics opening ceremony party on Friday, hoping to draw a line under a turbulent seven-year build-up dogged by recession, drugs scandals, crime and infrastructure stumbles.

Olympics 2016: Pele invited to light pyre, but will need to check with his sponsors first
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Olympics 2016: Pele invited to light pyre, but will need to check with his sponsors first

Pele has been invited to light the Olympic pyre for the Rio Games on Friday, but the Brazilian football great is checking with his sponsors to see if he is free to lead the torch ceremony in the Maracana stadium

Rio 2016: Amidst recession in Brazil, Olympics opening ceremony to ditch opulent traditions
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Rio 2016: Amidst recession in Brazil, Olympics opening ceremony to ditch opulent traditions

The Rio Olympics opening ceremony will break with the recent tradition of large-scale, expensive shows, featuring a low-emissions cauldron and an "analogue" experience,