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You are ROY HODGSON in Google's ultra-realistic World Cup Stadium Simulator

James Temperton
5 Jun 2014
The Maracanã
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Pretend to be Joe Hart saving a World Cup winning penalty or take the role of Roy Hodgson on the touchline

The all-seeing eye of Google has added all 12 of Brazil's World Cup stadiums to Google Maps, giving stay-at-home tourists the chance to visit the Maracanã.

The Street View maps of the 12 World Cup venues let football fans fluster around the touchline pretending to be Roy Hodgson or stand in the goalmouth and imagine Luis Suarez spanking in his game-winning hat trick against a hapless England.

The Arena da Amazônia, Arena da Baixada, Arena das Dunas, Arena Corinthians, Arena Pantanal, Castelão (Ceará), Estádio Beira-Rio, Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Estádio do Maracanã and Mineirão have all been snapped by Google's Street View cameras.

Google has also been busy taking Street View photos of Brazil's famous painted streets and other top sites across the country from the Iguaçu National Park to St. Michael of the Missions. Maps and imagery for other South and Central American countries have also been updated recently, with new data available in Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.

Those fortunate enough to be flying out to Brazil for the World Cup can also use Google Maps to navigate around. All 12 host cities have been fully mapped by Google with bus and train routes and turn by turn navigation complete with real-time traffic incident reports.

There are also indoor maps of over 100 buildings around Brazil, including airports, shopping malls and the aforementioned stadiums. Indoor mapping has become a big part of Google Maps in recent years, with people able to hire Google-certified photographers to snap their businesses and put virtual tours online.

For more information about Google Maps in Brazil visit the official blog.

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