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Exclusive look inside Maracana Stadium two weeks prior to kickoff

The 64-year-old Brazilian venue is partially ready but fully magical

Familiar Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Maracana
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View of the Maracana stadium during a press tour, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, May 26, 2014. Brazil will host the World Cup soccer tournament starting on 12 June and Maracana stadium will host the World Cup Final match on July 13. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

SOCCERLY.COM: In 1950, the Maracana Stadium opened its doors for the first ever World Cup on Brazilian soil, with Uruguay taking the trophy home after a shocking 1-0 victory over the hosts. Fast-forward 64 years, and the "Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho" in Rio de Janeiro has once again been invaded, but this time it was by your favorite soccer website.

Soccerly attended a tour of the stadium where Pele managed to score his 1000th goal and where Garrincha's ashes are buried beneath the unfinished grass. And as the only American outlet to be present at the Maracana, among countless of local media, we bring you a preview of what you'll live if you plan on attending this magical place during the summer. ... read more at Soccerly.com

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