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Google Brings Street View to World Cup 2014 Venues – Google Maps Too!

In just under a week another installment of the world’s greatest football phenomenon will kick off in Brazil. The FIFA World Cup is the world’s biggest sporting event, attracting fans from across the globe, united under one common passion, good old football.

Jumping on the bandwagon, Google has now decided to show off some flashy new street view images of the 12 Brazilian mega stadiums in which the winner of the coveted World Cup will be decided. You can snoop around or just take in the sites, not only inside the venues but also in their locality as well. Also are included are Brazil’s amazing painted streets, which locals have been tirelessly creating to celebrate the tournament.

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Also included are some of Brazil’s most awe-inspiring and photogenic locations, such as Iguaçu National Park and St. Michael of the Missions, as well as ‘hundreds of interesting sites across Brazil’. Also added is brand new maps imagery from across Southern and Central America – including Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. This massive influx of images is a great addition to the Maps service, filling in some of those lost gaps in the map which many people find frustrating.

Google are also keen to help out those folks lucky enough to be going to Brasil, as Google Maps for mobile has been updated with the following information:

  • Transit: With Google Maps transit available in all 12 host cities, Brazilians and visitors alike can rest assured they can make it to the stadium and other destinations routing the best path by bus or train.
  • Indoor Maps: Make your way through more than 100 venues across Brazil, including airports, shopping malls and, yes, tournament stadiums with Indoor Maps.
  • Turn-by-turn navigation: Zip through Brazil from Point A to Point B with Google Maps for mobile, giving you the most accurate traffic info, including real-time incident reports from Waze, and voice-guided directions.

Google hope that this stunning collection of high definition images, tacked together in classic Google Maps style, will create a “digital legacy of the 2014 tournament for years to come”, probably meaning that the street view links won’t expire and the collection will be available for everyone to look at in the near future, or even long after the tournament.

You can get more information on these Maps here, plus a lot of information on how Google maps is your new best friend if you’re heading out to Brazil, or are already there, for the football World Cup.