Rio Grande do Sul may have a quite large German-Brazilian population, but it was Argelia who shone in the state's arena during the matches leading up to the knockout stage. In a convincing performance, the Africans thrashed South Korea by 4-2 in the Beira-Rio eight days ago with the support of a booming, roaring, passionate crowd. As such, Germany's coach Joachim Löw and captain Philipp Lahm know they have their work cut out for them.
Speaking before the pre-match training session, Lahm was emphatic in German's caution and respect for the opponent. “The game is on the pitch, and only one will pass. Algeria will seek victory, will seek to show it deserved to get here. It will not be easy for us," he said.
The Algerian message is one of total focus on achieving a historic match against Germany. Defender Rafik Halliche highlighted the size of the challenge. “The Germans have tradition, history, technique. This will be a different match, so we will be cautious without losing our defining feature, which is speed and technique. We will play the game. We want to go to the quarterfinals. It will be difficult, but we are focused on it”.
Buses will circulate with their total fleet (1,700 vehicles). Regular lines will be circulating with World Cup special prices (R$ 2.95). Four special lines will go to the stadium, leaving from the city centre (Public Market), the Airport, the PUC University and the Jockey, with five minutes between trips. At peak times, transportation will work regularly. The first and last trips of the day will also be maintained.
More than 30 regular bus lines will also serve the stops near the stadium. There are 27 lines in the South zone and the Carris transversal lines (T2, T2A, T5 and T7). In addition to those, four special bus lines will be available during the World Cup. They are: Centro-Estádio (City Center-Stadium), Estádio-Aeroporto (Stadium-Airport), PUC-Estádio (PUC-Stadium) and Jockey-Estádio (Jockey Club -Stadium).
Another option is the Aeroporto-Hotéis (Airport-Hotels) selective bus line, which connects those arriving at the capital to the main accommodation areas in Porto Alegre. The line will be deployed permanently after the World Cup, becoming a permanent of the event in the city. The fare for the coach bus is R$ 5.00.