São Paulois the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, the largest city of the Americas, and the world’s seventh largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the ten largest metropolitan areas in the world.
The record for a traffic jam (measured since 1980) was of 344 km on May 23, 2014. With over 5 million vehicles in the city, even a minor accident in a major avenue can cause a major collapse.
When Brazil plays on the WC there is a whole logistic scheme to let employees go home with up to 3 hours prior to the game. So that you have an idea of what this means in terms of traffic, I’ve captured the before and during from 5 live cams: 2 hours before today’s game against Mexico and 45 minutes after the beginning of the game (16:00 local time):
During break time: