The Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, usually known as Estádio Independência is a football stadium inaugurated on June 29, 1950 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with a maximum capacity of 18,000 people. Estádio Independência is the second most important stadium in Belo Horizonte, only behind Mineirão. Its formal name honors Raimundo Sampaio, a former chairman of Sete de Setembro.
The stadium construction started in 1947, in preparation for the 1950 World Cup. The stadium inaugural match was the World Cup match between Yugoslavia and Switzerland, won by the former by 3-0. The first stadium goal was scored by Tomasevic. The 1-0 upset by the United States over England at that World Cup was also played at Estádio Independência.
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