Located in a picture-postcard setting, on reclaimed land on the banks of the River Guaiba, the Estadio Beira-Rio is the home of Internacional, arch-rivals to their Porto Alegre neighbours Gremio. The venue of many a thrilling city derby and no fewer than four Copa Libertadores finals, the stadium is now preparing to host five games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, among them a Round-of-16 tie.

The largest football ground in the south of Brazil and nicknamed the “Gigante do Beira-Rio” (The Giant of Beira-Rio), the stadium is officially known as the Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda and was opened in 1969. It had taken nearly a decade to build, with Inter fans lending a helping hand in its construction by donating bricks, cement and iron. So anxious were some supporters to see the ground built that they would even leave games at the club’s existing ground, Estadio dos Eucaliptos, whenever the team was losing and head to the Beira-Rio to cheer the builders on.

The cost of revamping the stadium is being met by the club itself through the programme “Gigante para Sempre” (A Giant for all time). The main feature of the project is the installation of an innovative metal roof to cover the stands, ramps and turnstile areas. The construction project has been divided into different phases, the idea being to enable its continued use during its refurbishment, at the end of which the Beira-Rio will have a capacity of 50,287.

Matches

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15 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
15 Jun 2014
Match 10
Group E
Estadio Beira-Rio
Porto Alegre
15Jun
France
FranceFRA
Honduras
HondurasHON
16:00
18 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
18 Jun 2014
Match 20
Group B
Estadio Beira-Rio
Porto Alegre
18Jun
Australia
AustraliaAUS
Netherlands
NetherlandsNED
13:00
22 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
22 Jun 2014
Match 32
Group H
Estadio Beira-Rio
Porto Alegre
22Jun
Korea Republic
Korea RepublicKOR
Algeria
AlgeriaALG
16:00
25 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
25 Jun 2014
Match 43
Group F
Estadio Beira-Rio
Porto Alegre
25Jun
Nigeria
NigeriaNGA
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
13:00
30 Jun 2014 - 17:00 Local time
30 Jun 2014
Match 54
Round of 16
Estadio Beira-Rio
Porto Alegre
30Jun
[1G][1G]
[2H][2H]
17:00