Ever since it was inaugurated back in 1972, the Estadio Joao Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado – better known as the Machadão – has welcomed the biggest clashes in Natal football to the Lagoa Nova neighbourhood. The three leading teams in Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, are ABC, Alecrim and America, who last appeared in Brazil’s top flight – Serie A – in 1985, 1986 and 2007 respectively.

However, in order for Natal to become one of the 12 Host Cities at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, a bigger and more modern venue was required. The solution settled upon was to completely demolish both the Machadão and the neighbouring Humberto Nesi sports hall, known as the Machadinho.

Rising up on the site is the Estadio das Dunas stadium project, with its name relating to the sand dunes that are one of the most impressive natural attractions in the Natal region. Nor do the similarities end there, with the stadium’s daring undulating structure designed to imitate said dunes.

Matches

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13 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
13 Jun 2014
Match 2
Group A
Estadio das Dunas
Natal
13Jun
Mexico
MexicoMEX
Cameroon
CameroonCMR
13:00
16 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
16 Jun 2014
Match 14
Group G
Estadio das Dunas
Natal
16Jun
Ghana
GhanaGHA
USA
USAUSA
19:00
19 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
19 Jun 2014
Match 22
Group C
Estadio das Dunas
Natal
19Jun
Japan
JapanJPN
Greece
GreeceGRE
19:00
24 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
24 Jun 2014
Match 39
Group D
Estadio das Dunas
Natal
24Jun
Italy
ItalyITA
Uruguay
UruguayURU
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