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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.

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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.

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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."


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?"

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

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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.