RhineEnergie Stadium- Cologne's World Cup venue
The NYT travel section has an article of where to base yourself in Germany for all the World Cup action. And their choice is Cologne. I could hardly argue that. One of Europe's prettiest and historical cities. With an active night life and a thriving art and culture scene. It is well connected to most of the other venue cities and is a short ride from each one of them. But the biggest reason: The Brazilians have made it their hub.
And the reason for their choice? A fluke encounter between Pope Benedict and Pele at the Dom. That was watched by all of Brazil on the news. So Catholicism and soccer came together and Cologne was the beneficiary. And so, Cologne will be playing host next month to 5,000 Brazilians in all their samba drumming, midriff baring glory.
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