Matches in São Paulo are planned to take place in the stadium Morumbi, a private stadium which belongs to São Paulo Futebol Clube. As there is a consensus that the final match of the World Cup should be in Maracanã, the largest stadium in Brazil, Morumbi is competing to be the stadium of the opening match (FIFA, however, declared that the stadium is not up to the required standards). (Update: Sao Paulo was chosen to host the opening match of the World Cup, in the yet-to-be-built stadium Itaquerao, on June 12 2014 – see schedule).
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest and richest city in the southern hemisphere, the world’s 7th largest metropolitan area, and the most populous city proper in the Western World (estimated population of 11,037,593 resident). Brazilians often refer to the city as “Sampa.”
The city is the capital of the state of São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state. The name of the city honors Saint Paul. São Paulo exerts strong national and regional influence in Politics (the last two Presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Lula were from São Paulo), commerce and finance as well as arts and entertainment.
Paulista Avenue is the most important financial center in the country and South America. The city is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange, or BOVESPA, the Future Markets, and the Cereal Market Stock Exchanges.
The city has many renowned landmarks, such as the Museu Paulista do Ipiranga, the gothic Metropolitan Sé Cathedral, the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), the Monumento à Bandeira, the Niemeyer’s Ibirapuera complex Bienal, planetarium, and museums, as well as several other monuments.
People from the city of São Paulo are known as paulistanos, while paulistas designates anyone from the whole of São Paulo state, including the paulistanos.
São Paulo is also known for its unreliable weather, the size of its helicopter fleet, architecture, gastronomy (no other city in Brazil compares to São Paulo in quantity, variety and quality of restaurants), hotels infrastructure, and multitude of skyscrapers.
The Franco Montoro International Airport operates many domestic and international flights; this airport is situated in the city of Guarulhos, metropolitan area of São Paulo. The airport of Congonhas is located in the central area of São Paulo, operates domestic flights only, and is the main hub in Brazil.