Is the World Cup in Jeopardy?

Clarissa Garcia, Staff Writer

This year the World Cup will be held in the nation of Brazil and the kickoff will begin in June. The worldwide sports event is expected to be a true joy for the people of Brazil since the nation last held a World Cup in 1950, but there in fact seems to be a problem. More than half of the Brazilian citizenry, or 52% percent, are not in favor of the event taking place in their homeland. Who would have expected that a country where the majority of its people are soccer-crazed would not approve of such tournament? 

According to a survey poll conducted by Datafolha, civilians believe that the tournament “will do more harm than good.” The numbers are alarming: 55 percent believe that the games will be detrimental to the nation as opposed to 36 percent who believe that the event will result beneficial for the nation and its people. Thus, the approval rate has dropped from 79 percent in November 2008, a year after it was revealed that Brazil was selected to host the event to shockingly below 50 percent. It was even a surprise that the nation was chosen in the first place, since it was previously suffering from cost overruns, deadly construction accidents, and delays in building stadiums that remain in place today.

Instead, citizens reasoned that the billions of dollars invested on the event should be directed elsewhere. This would include being geared toward health care, education, as well as the issues mentioned previously.

The event also poses a threat to the re-election of current President Dilma Rousseff.  Support may slump if the World Cup is not a success. Nonetheless, the President reassures her people that this World Cup will be “the cup of cups.” However, pessimism remains even after Brazilians have largely abandoned street protests.

Last year’s Confederations Cup was held toward the end of perhaps the largest social unrest in a decade. Due to that occurrence, police offices have taken precaution and have warned demonstrators that they will be cracked down on if they cause any uproar during this year’s games. 

Clarissa Garcia is a Staff Writer for Latino Giant. She is a college freshman currently Undecided at American University, but leaning to the Education field, looking into Secondary Education.

Source: The Telegraph