World Cup in Brazil

By Kelsey Soares

Activists demonstrate in front of riot police outside the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia

This is the year Brazil holds the Fifa world cup. When most people hear about soccer Brazil is one of the first’s teams to come to mind. Outsiders might be very excited to experience the world cup 2014 in Brazil. Games will be held in some of the top cities throughout Brazil including Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Natal, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, and Recife. This could be the vacation of a lifetime for many travelers and soccer lovers. Unfortunately the feeling does not appear to be mutual with the citizens of Brazil.
There have been 19 world cup tournaments. Out of the many countries represented only eight different national teams have won. Brazil has been highly involved in these games being the only team to have played in every tournament. Out of 19 tournaments they have won 5 times. To the rest of the world it’s about time Brazil holds the World cup on their own turf.
From the outside and according to Brazilian politicians the games will be very beneficial to the economy of Brazil. This will promote tourism in the country and boost the economy. The issue is that the citizens of Brazil do not trust their politicians. According to many Brazilians the money will never boost the economy of Brazil but instead go straight to the politicians’ pockets. Many protests have popped up throughout Brazil starting last year and continuing right up until the World cup. These protesters are hoping to use the spot light on Brazil to draw attention to the fact that Brazil needs help. The citizens are holding signs that read “We need money for hospitals and education, not the World cup.” The Brazilian citizens feel that they have more important concerns than building stadiums.
Unfortunately it seems that the turmoil within Brazil about the World cup has painted Brazil in a bad light. The people of Brazil are crying out for help. These issues have shown the world how far Brazil needs to come before they can be stable. The light has shown that the government is corrupt and the people are still poor. All that we can hope for is that the country remains intact while the rest of the world floods in to watch.

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Sources used and to continuing reading:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27423404

http://www.riogringa.com/my_weblog/2014/05/why-arent-brazilians-excited-the-world-cup.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Friogringa%2Fmy_weblog+(Adventures+of+a+Gringa+in+Rio)

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/09b734e2-d9cd-11e3-b3e3-00144feabdc0,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F09b734e2-d9cd-11e3-b3e3-00144feabdc0.html%3Fsiteedition%3Duk&siteedition=uk&_i_referer=#slide7

 

 

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MTSU Professor of Mass Communication
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