Not-so-beautiful game

Posted: 2 June 2014 in Uncategorized
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I’m really looking forward to the World Cup finals, which start on 12 June. But the events surrounding this most important exhibition of the jogo bonito are making it more and more difficult to enjoy it.

First and foremost, there’s Brazil itself, where eight workers have died in constructing the stadiums, scores of favelas have been invaded by the police, and Brazilians continue to protest the use of public monies to subsidize the finals instead of improving housing, transportation infrastructure, and all the other social programs needed in that country.

Then, there’s construction magnate Mohamed bin Hammam, who acted like “the head of crime organization” in securing the 2022 World Cup finals for Qatar (in addition to the fact that it was insane to award the finals to a country where football simply can’t be played outdoors during the normal timeframe of June-July).

Finally, there’s the match-fixing that occurred in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

I’m still going to watch the finals. But they’re clearly not going to be as beautiful as we deserve.

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