Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and the largest country in South America. It’s famous for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the gorgeous beaches, the Amazon rainforest, which is considered the lungs of the planet. However, for sports lovers, it’s not enough to mention Brazil without telling about its sports, especially football.

It is a country of contradiction, ancient wilderness, urban mosaic, and great cultural diversity. There are many things to see and do in Brazil, especially during the year’s most important sporting events.

The Rio Olympics

Brazil is the first country in South America to be the host for the Summer Olympics in 2016.

Brazil won 11 medals in total. One day after the opening ceremony, Felipe Wu won the silver medal in the 10m air pistol shooting of men. Then Rafaela Silva bagged a gold in the 57kg judo division of women at the beginning of the Games. Silva and Mayra Aguiar won bronze medals, too.

Gymnastics has been the most outstanding sport of Brazil, with Diego Hypolito and Arthur Zanetti receiving silver medals and Arthur Mariano winning a bronze.

Thiago Braz da Silva earned another gold in the pole vault of men, and Poliana Okimoto won bronze in the 10km open water swimming of women.

An Olympian transformation

Rio de Janeiro has certainly gained from the Olympics Games when a large urban waterfront revitalization project has been transformed into its downtown area.

The five km2 port area was designed to help the city look more attractive, and also to improve its infrastructure, that was necessary for tens of thousands of people coming to the city to watch the Games.

The project involved hundreds of km of public networks for water supply, drainage, sanitation, gas, electricity,  and telecom, as well as roads, tunnels, bike paths, footpaths, sanitation treatment plants, trees, and a new tram.

In addition, the city gained 9 new venues and redeveloped 8 existing venues.