In a country as passionate about soccer as Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup, it's amazing that the Museu do Futebol didn't open until 2010. However, it was worth the wait, as it's a fun and interactive museum, and makes great use of technology. Even for people who aren't that interested in soccer, the museum is a great opportunity to learn more about Brazilian culture. A special gallery is dedicated to Brazilian soccer heroes, with a tribute to its two biggest legends, Pele and Garrincha. There are also several beautiful photo galleries: one that shows the history of soccer from its humble beginnings at the end of the 19th century, with gorgeous old photographs of Brazilian society, and a second that showcases every World Cup, with sports, cultural, and social highlights of each tournament. Another gallery is dedicated to the rules of the game—a great opportunity to finally understand those pesky offside calls. Serious fans will also enjoy the audiovisual booths where they can watch famous goals, controversial matches, and favorite dribbles. It's hard not to be impressed by the dazzling footwork displayed by the world's top players. Even Brazil's most disappointing soccer moment is remembered, in a dramatic video display of the 1950 World Cup final, when Brazil lost the trophy at home to neighboring rival Uruguay. The museum is housed inside Pacaembu, a classic 1940s stadium that is still used for matches and concerts. Allow two hours to explore this world of Brazilian soccer.
Sao Paulo› Attraction
Museu do Futebol
Praça Charles Miller s/n, Pacaembu
Our Rating Hours Tues-Sun 9am-5pm (hours may vary on game days) Transportation Subway: Clinicas Phone 11/3664-3848 Prices Admission R$6 (free Thurs) Web site Museu do Futebol