The FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 will be held in six different host cities: Brasilia (Federal District), Belo Horizonte (state of Minas Gerias), Fortaleza (state of Ceará), Recife (state of Pernambuco), Rio de Janeiro (state of Rio de Janeiro) and Salvador (state of Bahia). With the exception of Brasilia, which will host only the opening match, the other five host cities will be the stage of three games. The semi-finals have been scheduled to take place in Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte. The final will be held in Rio de Janeiro on 30 June. Please find a short overview of each host city below. Check out the photo galleries and if you want more information, visit each host city's full page at the World Cup Portal.

Belo Horizonte

One of the first planned cities in the country, Belo Horizonte became a metropolis with tree lined streets and unique architecture related features, with the Pampulha Complex and Liberdade Square standing out. The two tourist sites reveal part of the history of the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, a state that led the first movement for Brazil's independence, at the end of the 18th Century. Today, with an economy that corresponds to 1.4% of the country’s GDP and with 2.4 million inhabitants, the city is the centre of a metropolitan region where 4.5 million people reside and where South America’s fifth biggest production hub is housed.

The Mineirão stadium, renovated for the Confederations Cup, was the second ground to be delivered, after the Castelão in Fortaleza. Officially delivered on 21 December 2012, the venue is a 62,160 seater, with 98 boxes. Two 98 square metre LED screens on top of the goalposts provide the public with information. The project’s total cost was of R$ 666.3 million, R$ 400 million of which from federal financing.

 Belo Horizonte will be the stage of three Confederations Cup matches. The first game will see Tahiti and Nigeria take to the pitch in a Group B match on 17 June. The second game to be played in in the city will be the last round of group A, between Japan and Mexico, on 22 June. In addition, Belo Horizonte will host one of the semi-finals on 26 June.

Brasilia

Being a little over 50 years old, Brasilia was the result of a political decision made by the then president Juscelino Kubitschek and its unique shapes come from the work of architect Oscar Niemeyer and urbanist Lucio Costa. The city’s modern lines can be seen at several points, like the Cathedral, the National Congress, the Planalto Palace - where the president works - and the Ministry buildings.

The kick-off of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 will take place at the National Stadium in Brasilia at 4:00pm on 15 June. The match – the only of the tournament to be played in the Federal District - will have Brazil taking to the pitch.  Their opponents will be Asian Champions Japan. Brasilia will be the stage of seven 2014 World Cup matches. The roof is one of the technological innovations the project will have on show. It works similar to a “inverted bicycle wheel" system and is made up of a prestressed structure with metal cables and trusses, coated by a membrane that covers all of the stadium’s 71 thousand seats.

One of the highlights of the project is how environmentally minded everything is. Those in charge of the National Stadium are striving to achieve the highest level of environmental certificate (platinum) awarded by the Green Building Council (CGB) NGO. The roof structure has a self-cleaning membrane, coated in PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) material with TiO2 (titanium dioxide). This means that when sunlight hits the membrane, mono-nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the atmosphere – which come from gas emissions from vehicles and other sources – are broken down. Every hour, each square metre of the roof removes from the atmosphere, the equivalent of pollutant gases produced by 88 vehicles.

Fortaleza

The Castelão Arena in Fortaleza (capital of the state of Ceará) was the first stadium to be delivered for the Confederations Cup on 16 December 2012. The first Confederations Cup match to be held in the city will be on 19 June, between Brazil and Mexico. Then, on 23 June, it is time for World Cup holders Spain to take on Nigeria. Then, at 04:00pm on 27 June, Fortaleza will be the stage of the second Confederations Cup semi-final.

The Castelão has 63,903 seats and had investments in the order of R$ 518.6 million, R$ 351.5 million of which from federal financing. The Castelão has an architecture detail that stands out: part of the façade is coated by a ‘glass skin’. In addition to playing an aesthetic role, the structure reflects sunlight and reduces the heat.

The mix of paradise-like beaches in a big, modern and fast paced city makes Fortaleza one of the country's main tourist destinations. In addition to good hotel infrastructure, with approximately 15 thousand rooms, a fast paced nightlife and stand-up comedy shows are part of the city's calling card.

Recife

The Recife metropolitan region is the biggest urban cluster in Brazil’s northeast region. The city is the oldest capital in the county, founded in 1561. Recife is the place of cutting edge projects such as the Digital Port, which houses around one hundred enterprises that make the city one of the country’s main information technology hubs. In addition, the city is a place of intense and original cultural production, where modern and traditional aspects are mixed.  With almost 1.5 million inhabitants, the city is characterised by a combination of beaches, an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, and culture and history that attract millions of tourists.

People in the state of Pernambuco will be able to see three World Cup winners take to the pitch in the Confederations Cup. The first match, group B’s first round on 16 June will see current FIFA World Cup holders (2010) Spain take on two time winners Uruguay (1930 and 1950).

The second match will be on 19 June between Japan and four time winners Italy (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006). The last match to be hosted by the city will be in the third and last round of the group stage between two teams from group B, Uruguay and Tahiti on 23 June.

The stadium built in São Lourenço da Mata, Recife's metropolitan region, is a 46 thousand seater, with 4,700 parking spaces. The multi-purpose arena was budgeted in R$ 529.5 million, R$ 397.1 million of which from federal financing and after the World Cup, will also be the stage of concerts, conventions and other events.  

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s main tourist destination, Rio de Janeiro is renowned for its beauty. The Corcovado, the Sugar Loaf, the statute of Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana and Ipanema are forever close to the hearts of the world, as is bossa nova.

With 6.2 million people, a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.842 and average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, Rio has 28 thousand rooms to offer through its hotel network, as well as several attractions for visitors. The city wants to use the big sporting events that it will host until 2016 as a path to shine even brighter.

Rio de Janeiro will be the stage of the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup finals. The matches will take place at the Maracanã, referred to by many locals as the Temple of Football. In the 2013 tournament, the first match to be held at the venue will be between Mexico and Italy on 16 June. The next match will be between Spain, current World Cup and Euro holders and Tahiti, Oceania champion. The Confederations Cup final has been scheduled for 30 June.

With a built-up area of 124 thousand square metres (it used to be 112 thousand m²), the stadium’s renovation work prioritised the comfort and safety of punters. AAccess to the venue’s five levels may be done using 17 lifts, six escalators and six ramps. The four types of seats at the stands are coloured in shades of yellow, blue and white. The four 98m² big screens also stand out. The roof is also an example of innovation, made up of a self-cleaning and see-through membrane, which provides uniform lighting conditions, even in the upper stands. The total invested in refurbishing the Maracanã was of R$ 808.4 million, R$ 400 million of which from federal financing.

Salvador

The first capital of Brazil, Salvador is a potpourri of races, culture, beliefs and flavours. The city has Portuguese, Indigenous and African roots, which is reflected in its culture and art - particularly music – as well as its cuisine.  Carnival and religious parties are great attractions and live side by side.

The first Confederations Cup match to take place in the city will be Nigeria and Uruguay on 20 June. Two days later, Salvador will play host to one of the world’s biggest international derbies: five time World Cup winners Brazil take on four time winners Italy. On 30 June, Salvador will also host the tournament’s third place playoff.

The Fonte Nova Arena was completely rebuilt and delivered on 5 April. A total of R$ 591.7 million was invested in the renovation work, R$ 323.6 million of which as a loan from the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). The venue is a 55 thousand seater stadium, 5 thousand of which removable.