For the 2014 Fifa World Cup, Brazil has developed a playground of stadiums. Presenting 12 different host cities with a stadium named to each. These sites include stadiums like, Arena Da Baixada (Curtiba), Arena Purnambuco (Recife), Arena de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo), and Estadio Maracano (Rio de Janeiro). The cost of building these 12 stadiums has surpassed all expectations, costing Brazil over 3.4 billion dollars just for the stadiums and the total preparation for the World Cup costing around 14 billion dollars. Prices that have been unheard of to this point, and prices that Brazil’s politics do not have the assets for. The biggest news so far in the construction of these stadiums came on November 27th in Sao Paulo when a portion of the stadium collapsed. Three causualties were accounted for during the collapse. Although officials say that the stadium will be ready for the opening game on June 12, no one believes it. In conclusion, six out of the twelve stadiums being built in Brazil are still in construction making it difficult to say for sure if they will be ready to start on time.
The nomination of Brazil for the 2014 World Cup couldnt have come at a worse of a time. Brazil is currently experiencing a economic collapse of serveral key foundations including infrastructure, taxes, and health care. Not only is the government spending millions of dollars on building stadiums and hotels for the world cup, but also more stadiums are more buildings for the 2016 summer olympics in Rio. Not enough money was saved for public defense, which in return allows for riots to form more easily. Middle class families as well as middle-age kids are rioting because of the outrageous prices to gain a higher education with financhial aid desperatly falling away. Crowds are growing each day in Brazil as this summer approaches. Do you think that Brazil is “unlucky” per-say that this economic problem is happening while they are preparing for the World Cup, or do you think they brought it upon (the government) themselves?
I chose the topic of “The Effects of the 2014 World Cup on Brazil” because it is actually a very interesting proposal. The questions and perspectives raised in this topic are ones that i find interesting because I personally am a soccer player. The term “effects” can go as far as workers in construction of the stadiums, to the political controversy in Brazil, to the passion for the game. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, In June of this year the biggest event in the world (The World Cup) is being held in Brazil, whom is already in political unrest.