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Taste of Maracana can inspire Rafael Nadal

Last Updated: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 16:18

World number one Rafael Nadal, still recovering from the back injury which thwarted his Australian Open title hopes, will take in a visit to the Maracana stadium before embarking on his Rio Open exertions next week.

Maracana pitch readied for World Cup

Last Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2013, 18:01

A rejuvenation process in preparation for next year`s FIFA World Cup was started on the turf of Brazil`s iconic Maracana stadium.

Maracana unfit for playing, says Brazil keeper

Last Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013, 11:04

Brazil international goalkeeper Jefferson has criticised the state of the Maracana stadium pitch, saying the venue for next year`s World Cup final is unfit for playing.

Spain are spectacular but have defects: Scolari

Last Updated: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 13:58

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he has identified weaknesses in the Spanish team ahead of Sunday`s Confederations Cup final at the Maracana Stadium here.

Brazil ups security for Confederations Cup final

Last Updated: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 13:46

More than 10,000 police officers will be deployed at the Maracana Stadium Sunday for the Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Spain.

Brazil ups security for Confederations Cup final

Last Updated: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 13:41

More than 10,000 police officers will be deployed at the Maracana Stadium Sunday for the Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Spain.

Pirlo honoured by 100-game milestone at Maracana

Last Updated: Sunday, June 16, 2013, 12:32

Italy midfielder Andre Pirlo said he felt "honoured" to make his 100th international appearance at Brazil`s iconic Maracana Stadium against Mexico Sunday.

Paulinho earns draw for Brazil in Maracana reopening

Last Updated: Monday, June 03, 2013, 15:29

A sublime 83rd-minute volley from Paulinho earned Brazil a 2-2 draw against England in the first match at the revamped Maracana stadium.

Scolari rules out changes for Brazil-France friendly

Last Updated: Monday, June 03, 2013, 14:08

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari ruled out any major changes in his team to face France June 9, despite an unconvincing 2-2 draw against England at the refurbished Maracana Stadium.

Fred praises Brazil spirit in match against England

Last Updated: Monday, June 03, 2013, 12:58

Though Brazil`s friendly match against England to re-inaugurate the iconic Maracana stadium ended in a 2-2 draw, the home team had good reason to be satisfied, striker Fred said.

`Discordant` vuvuzela banned from Confederations Cup over safety concerns

Last Updated: Sunday, June 02, 2013, 14:55

In a further embarrassment to Brazilian organizers, the vuvuzela, which was the official instrument of the 2014 World Cup, has been banned from the Confederations Cup because of safety concerns.

Maracana still not ready: Ronaldo

Last Updated: Sunday, June 02, 2013, 14:30

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo admitted that the Maracana Stadium is not fully ready for Sunday`s Brazil-England friendly.