Northeast Economic Center and the fourth most populated city in the country, with almost 3 million inhabitants, Salvador is proud to have been the first capital of Brazil. (Find here: The Spectator Guide).
Founded by the first governor general of Brazil, Tomé de Sousa, in 1549, by order of the King of Portugal D. João III, who decided to install in the city, the seat of the colony government, Salvador was the seat of the colonial administration of Brazil until 1763, when the capital was transferred to Rio de Janeiro.
One of the main slave trade poles in South America, Salvador grew up under the profound influence of Portuguese Afro-descendants and native people, which contributed to the cultural richness that characterizes the city. Religion, music, gastronomy and typical dances have a strong presence of African elements.
The city is also known for its popular festivals such as Carnival, the greatest demonstration of joy of the Bahians. The party has gigantic dimensions and gathers more than 2 million people along the streets, avenues and squares of the city. The party also happens in Pelourinho, name of the neighborhood where the Historic Center of the city is located.
Salvador hosted the Copa America for the last time in 1989. And, the Bahians are passionate about football, the party in the stadiums is a tradition.
The main clubs in the city are the Esporte Clube Bahia and the Esporte Clube Vitória, teams that lead the average participation in the Brazilian Championship.
Conversely, these two clubs have achieved some local titles: El Bahia, also called the ‘Tricolor’, won in 1988 the Brazilian Championship and the Brazil Cup, which changed its name to National Championship, in 1959. The Vitória, on the other hand, won three titles of the Northeast Cup and was runner-up of the Brasileiro in 1993.
The Vitória is also known for his football school, which has formed football personalities like Dida and Bebeto, the last one, who won with Brazil the CONMEBOL Copa América in 1989.
The Vitoria plays at Barradão as a local, while the EC Bahia stadium is the Pituaçu state stadium.
The most modern stadium in Bahia is the Fonte Nova, located in Salvador, rebuilt for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and in the CONMEBOL Copa América Brazil 2019 will host five matches between them, Argentina vs. Colombia, and a quarterfinal game of the tournament.