Only three years ago a string of mountain towns, including Teresópolis, 60 miles north of Rio de Janeiro were hit by one of Brazil’s worst ever mudslides.
Heavy rains triggered chaos through the region and left some 900 people dead.
Three years on the scenes of devastation in Teresopolis have been replaced by sporting hope and optimism brought about by a brand spanking new football training centre which the national team will use during this summer’s World Cup.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes the state-of-the-art complex will be the new foundation for the future of Brazilian football.
At the unveiling Scolari said: “What we have here today is a legacy not for this national team but for national teams in the next 20, 30, 40 years. It’s a legacy that coaches many times propose but are never accomplished.”
The complete re-construction of the 27-year old complex cost 4.75 million euros.
As well as several full sized football pitches and indoor training facilities the complex boasts swimming pools, jacuzzis, a cafeteria, and games room.
The perfect place to prepare an assault for a record sixth world cup title.