World Cup stadium resists demolition

by AFP on May 16, 2011

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Brasilia's World Cup stadium, named after World Cup-winning star Garrincha, proved too tough even for dynamite during construction work on the arena being used for the 2014 tournament.

The Globo newspaper website reported that 250kg of explosives proved incapable of demolishing the stands and that further attempts were to be made later on Sunday.

Earlier, the Estado de Sao Paulo said that FIFA were looking at staging the opening match of the 2014 World Cup at the Mane Garrincha stadium rather than the Itaquera in Sao Paulo, where refurbishment work has yet to start.

Winger Garrincha, nicknamed Little Bird, played in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup teams but he died in 1983, aged just 50, after a long battle with alcoholism.