Brazil’s biggest city, São Paulo, has a population of near 20,000,000, it has three of the largest teams in Brazil and if you include the outlying areas it is home to four “giants” of Brazilian soccer.
The area has a total of six World Club titles, six Copa Libertadores titles and 16 (of 39) Brazilian domestic league titles. Yet there is no “guarantee” the city will host a match during the World Cup.
The largest stadium in the city is the Morumbi stadium owned by São Paulo FC. FIFA has already said it will not host a match there despite the efforts underway to remodel the stadium which was opened in 1960. FIFA still lists São Paulo as a host city but since they have said no to the Morumbi and with no new stadiums in the plans where will they play? Pacaembu Stadium, owned by the city opened in 1940 and actually hosted matches during the 1950 World Cup. The highest attendance at the Pacaembu is 71,000+ way back in 1942 even though the accepted capacity is actually around 40,000. The Morumbi however is much bigger; it is the world’s largest privately owned stadium and has a record attendance of 138,000+ but now only holds 75,000 at most.
FIFA has a few options, but they need to just accept one and move on already. Imagine if L.A. didn’t host a single game during a World Cup in the states.