Fans cheer during the bronze medal match of the men's Olympic football tournament between Honduras and Nigeria at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)
The men’s soccer final between Brazil and Germany is expected to set the mark for biggest crowd of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
About 75,000 fans are expected at the famed venue, which was used only for soccer and the opening and closing ceremonies.
Brazil will look to win their first gold in Olympic football, when they play Germany.
What are your predictions? pic.twitter.com/EoR1xepvQC
— Soccer Laduma (@Soccer_Laduma) August 20, 2016
More than 70,000 had seen Brazil defeat Honduras 6-0 in the semifinals, and roughly the same amount of fans were in hand for Brazil’s loss to Sweden in the women’s semifinals.
And it's a revenge match, after Germany's World Cup team thrashed Brazil two years ago 7-1.
Germany paper BILD provokes Brazil ahead of the final:
The 7-1 will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/1UFMWJeXSz
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats2) August 20, 2016
“This is the game that everybody wants to see,” said Sabrina Sakaguti, a 32-year-old Brazilian fan who was lucky to buy her ticket just after Brazil won the semifinal. “It’s the Selecao, going for the elusive gold medal in soccer. There is nothing else like it.”
Some tickets for the final were being resold for nearly $500 on websites, and many scalpers were outside the Maracana asking hefty prices for entrances.
“I just hope Brazil wins it, it’s an obligation,” Sakaguti said.