Those of you who plan to travel to the World Cup might want to read about Brazil’s FIFA concerns. As the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil currently goes on 1 year before the World Cup. Protesters have demanded an end to government corruption and demanding better public services. They claim too much money is being spent on the competitions which for example World Cup and Olympics cost almost £26billion combined.
Money on stadiums taking from social services
Brazilians are not happy with the 2 Million spent on stadiums that FIFA requires.
This takes money from social services [schools, hospitals, homes].
The other day during the Confederations Cup 6 of the Spanish National Team players were robbed at the hotel.
Another Federation is talking about pulling their team out of the Confederation Cup because they are concerned for their family members.
Romário, the hero of Brazil’s 1994 triumph, criticized the role played by soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, which he called “a state inside of the state.”
He said that after the Confederations Cup, a test run for next year’s tournament that is now under way, “some things that didn’t work will need to be redone, and some new things for the World Cup will need to be done.
And who determines what needs to be done?
The true president of Brazil today, named FIFA.”
Later in the video statement, he added:
“Our country’s current president, named FIFA, will arrive, will collect a profit of four billion reais,” or nearly $2 billion. Normally, a profit like that would cost a business about $500 million, Romário said, but FIFA “won’t pay it.
That is: it will come, it will mount its circus, won’t spend anything and will take everything.”
Quotes From Brazilian Futebol Stars
Congressman and former Brazil striker Romario, in a video message: “Keep protesting, keep going to the streets, always peacefully. It’s the only way congressmen will understand that things need to change. Congratulations. More than ever I’m proud to be Brazilian.”
Brazil defender David Luiz: “Brazilians love their country and that’s why these protests are happening.”
Brazil striker Fred: “I’m in favor of the protests as long as they are peaceful. I’m very proud to see the people fighting to improve public transportation, health services and so many other things.”
Brazil striker Hulk: “After seeing the people on the streets demanding improvements, it makes me feel like joining them. They are doing the right thing, what they are saying makes sense and we have to hear them. Brazil needs to improve, we all know that.”
Power of the people
The protests in Brazil have been a testament to the people’s desire for change and their courage to reclaim what is rightfully theirs.
They’ve shown that no amount of wealth or power can suppress the voice of the people.
The Brazilian people have taught the world an important lesson: that when people come together, they can create a powerful and positive force.
Respecting and adapting to different cultures
Here is my personal take on Brazil’s FIFA concerns:
Forget for a moment about a new culture…
When you visit someone else’s home they invite you to partake of their HOME, their routines and customs.
You oblige as a polite guest (I hope)…
Host nations who have been awarded the opportunity for hosting the Word Cup should not have to be pressured to create expensive monstrosities to impress or host visitors.
This does the opposite of instilling national pride; it depletes resources and energy and excitement.
It becomes about keeping up with the Jones’ on an international scale.
We should go to the host nation, enjoy their culture.
Live the way they do instead of expecting their conformation to our way of life.
YES. But perhaps without the anger due to the strains in place, their would be less to fear in terms of safety.
Brazil’s FIFA concerns are fair for any country hosting…
What are your thoughts on all of this?
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