Rio de Janiero, Brazil (AP) A football-mad country that is the biggest in South America and a place where a soccer game can be watched on television for free has watched the World Cup with rapt attention.
A massive crowd of some 100,000 has gathered at the Parque Nacional da Maracanã stadium in the capital, Rio de, for the final between Brazil and Argentina, which is being played at a cost of $100 million ($132 million).
It will be the largest football game in Brazil’s history.
The match will be broadcast live on TV in more than 30 countries.
The tournament kicks off Sunday, and the final will be held on Thursday.
It’s been an emotional weekend for Brazilians, as the country celebrates its independence from the United States and its defeat of Argentina at the 2010 World Cup.
Many of the country’s fans have traveled to the country from around the world to celebrate.
The nation was devastated by the death of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in October 2010.