CITY: Recife STADIUM: Arena Pernambuco (capacity: 44,248). Recife, located on the north-eastern coast of Brazil, hosted a match the last time the World Cup took place in the country in 1950. Its newly-built stadium is the home of home to three historic Brazilian clubs - Nautico, Santa Cruz and Sport. The locals are football mad. Recife is the capital of the state of Pernambuco, and is often called 'the capital of the north-east' due to its importance to Brazil's economy.