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10 Problems Brazil Is Facing As The World Cup Begins

Brazil is hours away from hosting the world’s largest sporting event. There may be some glitches.

1. Stadiums still have not been completed.

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According to Reuters, the opening match will be played in a stadium that has not been finished or tested.

2. There have been widespread protests against the World Cup.

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Last year, protesters took to the streets to declare that “the giant had awoken” and it doesn’t appear to be going back to sleep.

3. The streets of several cities are being covered in anti-World Cup graffiti.

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4. The airports, especially in smaller cities, are not equipped to accommodate so many travelers.

Ever.

5. The city of Manaus has declared a state of emergency due to flooding.

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The England vs. Italy match on June 14 is supposed to take place in Manaus.

Carlos Botella, head groundsman for the Royal Verd company which is responsible for the turf at Manaus and six other World Cup stadiums, said “Frankly, Manaus is in bad shape.”

6. The police have recently used aggressive tactics against protesters.

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At a subway strike in São Paulo on June 6, police shot rubber bullets and used force against protesters who said “we are just workers like you are.”

7. Public transportation in large cities, such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, is already extremely crowded.

 

And in smaller cities, it’s barely existent. The poster on the right is asking Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff “where is the metro?”

8. Brazil is not cheap.

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Contrary to what people may think, Brazil is not as cheap as it once was for foreigners. During the World Cup, hotel prices can be as high as $600 for one night, according to Trip Advisor.

9. The traffic is unbearable.

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Ask any Brazilian, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced.

10. Food not fit for consumption was found at a hotel that will be hosting players.

Hotels hosting World Cup teams were found to have spoiled food.

But rather than pointing fingers at Brazil, the real issue may be the way FIFA operates.

John Oliver rightly calls FIFA “cartoonishly evil” in this clip. And the way the organization is treating Qatar’s 2022 World Cup doesn’t look any better.

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