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Brazil Vs. Italy

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Brazil Vs. Italy

Date Sat 22 Jun 2013

As Brazil power into the second round of the Confederations Cup with a game in hand they can afford to relax a little going as they go up against what looks to be a very strong Italian side. Not too much, though, because winning the group would see them better placed to push on to the semi-finals, which should make for an excellent game in Salvador on Saturday. Every bar in the city will be showing the action on their televisions, but some venues are going a little bit further to try and recreate some big-match atmosphere here in Rio, and we've rounded up some of the best.

Arena da Urca

2pm-midnight (R$380)

It isn't every day that you get to take a cable car halfway up Sugarloaf to watch a game of football, and the organisers have made sure the 2,000 capacity event goes with a swing by adding in live samba, funk DJ Tartaruga and new pop princess Anitta to keep things lively until midnight whatever the result. Oh, and there's free draught beer between 2-6pm, too.

Casa Rosa

3-9pm (R$20)

Famous Laranjeiras nightclub Casa Rosa opens its doors earlier than usual for the big match, with local samba band Pixin Bodega providing the soundtrack. There's also a giant paella being served up and sweepstake for the first goal.


2pm (R$40)

The unlikely environs of the city planetarium should be one of the more unique watching experiences available, thanks to the Futebol Art production team. As well as live music, there will be local artists redesigning footballs and exhibiting their work, and the game will be shown on a high-definition, LED super-screen.


2pm (R$180)

The attractive Urca-based Zozô bar-cum-restaurant-cum-club opens its doors to the football fanatics, where the game can be watched whilst tucking into the excellent feijoada buffet (2-6pm). The Santa Clara samba band strut their stuff, and DJs take things on long after the final whistle has blown.

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors

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