2. There have been widespread protests against the World Cup.
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.
5. The city of Manaus has declared a state of emergency due to flooding.
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.
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.”
9. The traffic is unbearable.
Ask any Brazilian, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced.
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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