Brazil’s Social Anger Risks Fouling World Cup

Brazil, one month from launch of its football extravaganza, wants the world to see keen youngsters inaugurating Sao Paolo’s Corinthians Stadium (which workers are rushing to finish). But instead, the world news shows Brazilian violence, regularly.

Ordinary people are rebelling because hosting the World Cup has inflamed prices and the money spent on the event means money not spent on social considerations.

Millions of tourists will start arriving soon. They’ll see heavily armed security forces. But that sight itself feeds the anger of many less affluent Brazilians.

Opinion polling has shown that 52 percent of the population are happy World Cup’s coming. That is down from 79 percent last November — a 27 percent dive.

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Brazil’s Frantic Eleventh Hour World Cup Preparations

Later this week Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to declare the new Itaquerao football stadium in Sao Paulo officially open.

A few days later the same upbeat scene will be repeated at the Arena da Baixada in the southern city of Curitiba.

And so, perhaps while acknowledging things have been a little bit late (because that’s how things work here in South America) all will be judged to have been a great success.

The opening match, on 12 June, between Brazil and Croatia will go ahead in a festival atmosphere and all of the doubters who questioned Brazil’s ability to organise, finance and deliver such a big global event will have been proved wrong.

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Fifa Scraps Speeches To Avoid Protest

Last year, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was booed by fans at the opening match of the Confederations Cup – a curtain-raiser for the World Cup.

In an interview with DPA news agency, Fifa head Sepp Blatter expressed concern about social unrest in Brazil.

He said he hoped the event would play a part in calming down the protests.

Protesters took to the streets of many Brazilian cities shortly before the Confederations Cup in June 2013.

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Brazil Has 100 Days Left to Get World Cup Ready

Brazil is running out of time.

World Cup organizers will mark 100 days to go on Tuesday with a lot of work still to be done on stadiums and infrastructure in the 12 host cities.

As national teams enter their final phase of preparations — a series of warm-ups are scheduled for this week — the Brazilian government is trying to ensure the country will be ready to host the tournament in June.

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World Cup Support in Brazil Hits All-Time Low as Kickoff Nears

Support among Brazilians for hosting soccer’s World Cup has fallen to an all-time low with the kickoff of the month-long tournament less than four months away, according to a poll released by Sao Paulo-based Datafolha.

The number of Brazilians backing the World Cup, which will be staged in 12 cities at a cost of 25.6 billion reais ($10.9 billion), has fallen from a high of 79 percent in November to 52 percent, Datafolha said yesterday.

The costs of staging the 64-game tournament have come under greater scrutiny following Brazil’s biggest protests in a generation during last year’s Confederations Cup, a warm-up event for the main event which begins June 12.

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Want Brazil World Cup 2014 tickets?

If you’re an American chasing tickets for the World Cup beginning June 12, your time is running short, and you have to go through Brasilia and FIFA, not necessarily in that order.

Brasilia is the Brazilian capital, where the government oversees handling of visa applications. In fact, Brazil has set up a separate visa category for World Cup visitors, presumably simplifying red tape that has sometimes complicated travel between the U.S. and Brazil. But to get one of those visas, you must first show that you have tickets to one of the competition’s 64 matches in 12 cities.

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Brazil’s World Cup Courts Disaster As Delays, Protests And Deaths Mount

Another week, another storm of teargas and rubber bullets at a World Cup host city in Brazil. This time, the clashes were in the capital, Brasília, where 15,000 protesters from the Landless Workers Movement marched from the Mané Garrincha football stadium to the Palácio do Planalto state office of the president, Dilma Rousseff.

Riot police using batons and teargas fought off several attempts to invade the building. The demonstrators threw stones and tore down railings which they used as weapons. In the fierce fighting, 12 protesters and 30 police officers were injured.

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Brazil World Cup stadium Was Structurally Damaged By Fire

An October fire at a Brazilian World Cup stadium caused far more damage than previously reported, according to a report by local prosecutors obtained by Reuters, raising questions about whether the stadium will be ready for the competition and why government officials have insisted the blaze was minor.

State officials overseeing construction of the still-unfinished Arena Pantanal in the western city of Cuiabá, which is among 12 Brazilian cities scheduled to host games, have long said the October 25 fire wasn’t a major cause for concern.

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