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FIFA World Cup 2014: All eyes are on Brazil – and on the legendary Maracanã, one of the largest stadiums in the world.

Built for the 1950 World Cup, the Maracanã was designed to be the stage upon which Brazil – confident of victory – was to present itself to the world. But Brazil lost 2-1 to outsiders Uruguay before the Maracanã crowd, plunging the country into a deep depression. 64 years later, the country has the unique opportunity to redress the balance; the Maracanã will once again be the scene of a spectacular World Cup final. But the Maracanã is far more than a stadium – it is a sacred place, a celebration of everything that makes Brazil what it is: sport, music, religion, unbridled euphoria and unmitigated sorrow. It was here that Pelé shot his thousandth goal, Frank Sinatra, Ivete Sangalo and Madonna held their mega-concerts, and Pope John Paul II hosted the largest mass ever to be held on Latin American soil.

Current Affairs / Sports / Human Interest
Length 90’/52′ HD
Film by Gerhard Schick
Production Bildersturm Filmproduktion and NDR/ARTE with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, 2013
Original title Tempel der Emotionen – Das Maracanã-Stadion in Rio de Janeiro