Through glorious success at the national level and a recognizable style of play, Brazil has been synonymous with excellence in soccer. A culture immersed in the game makes it an easy candidate for this summer’s World Cup, and a confirmed one for 2014 since 2007 (Brazil To-Do).
That notion, however, has not been reciprocated through the voices of a large amount of Brazilian citizens in recent months. The nation has experienced widespread protest over the Brazilian government’s funding for the 2016 summer Olympics and the 2014 World Cup. In addition to protest, controversy surrounds the progress of the Cup’s stadiums being finished on time (Brazil World Cup).
According to British newspaper The Guardian, 15,000 protesters were subdued with tear gas and rubber bullets by police in February. The protest was done by a group of workers. Motivations for these protests are grounded on the Brazilian government’s cancellation of school and hospital construction projects and relocation of Brazilian citizens for ground to build stadiums on. According to America’s Quarterly, 1.5 million Brazilians will be relocated for land used for the World Cup.
Not only are these stadiums putting aside the well-being of a poverty-stricken Brazil, but organizers are having trouble getting them constructed in time. Sky Sports reported in February that one of the twelve World Cup stadiums to be used in Brazil is very behind in its construction.
When the curtain rises and competition begins at another World Cup in Brazil, the game will certainly not be the most important thing in Brazil. As deaths increase and protest struggles continue, soccer is not the most important thing to Brazilians now.
- Watts, J. (2014, February 15). Brazil’s World Cup courts disaster as delays, protests, and deaths mount. The Guardian. Retrieved from: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/16/brazil-world-cup-disaster-delays-protests-deaths
- Sky Sports (2014, February 18). Brazil World Cup: Curitiba Stadium ‘D-Day’. Sky Sports. Retrieved from: http://news.sky.com/story/1213297/brazil-world-cup-curitiba-stadium-d-day
- Zimbalist, A (2011) Brazil’s Long To-Do List. Americas Quarterly. Retrieved from: http://www.americasquarterly.org/zimbalist