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12 cities in Brazil ready for their World Cup moment

By: Josh Lew on June 12, 2014, 7:43 a.m.
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Brasilia is Brazil's capital, but it is not like anywhere else in the country. A completely planned city that became the capital in 1960, Brasilia will certainly be attractive to architecture enthusiasts thanks to its unusual collection of modernist buildings. Critics contend that this highland metropolis is devoid of culture, while supporters say it is the perfect place to sample the best of each of Brazil's diverse regions: Each state's music and cuisine are well-represented in the city. The Estádio Nacional will host seven matches during the tournament, including the third-place game.