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50 years of Maracana

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In June of this year we will be celebrating the Maracana stadium's fiftieth birthday. The stadium is officially known as the Mario Filho Journalist Stadium, but more commonly as Maracana, and was built to host the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

Built in less than two years the stadium was designed to hold 155,066 spectators, and has housed close to 200,000 during some matches. However official capacity today has been limited to approximately 125,000 for reasons of safety.

Maracana was originally known as Angelo Mendes de Morais, the mayor of the Federal District at the time it was being built, and was officially inaugurated on 16 June 1950, with a game between Rio and Sao Paulo, the latter winning 3 - 1.

Didi scored the first ever goal and went on to play in three World Cups winning two in 1958 and 62.

Present at the opening ceremony on the morning of 16 June were the President, General Eurico Gaspar Dutra, mayor Mendes de Morais, Cardinal Don Jaime Camara, the president of Fifa, Jules Rimet, and the then president of the CBF, Rivadavia Correia Méier, among others.
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