2014 World Cup: Will Brazil be ready?
Every four years, 32 nations from across the globe compete in the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament. The FIFA World Cup. Hosting this tournament is a tremendous honor that is usually only bestowed up developed nations. With Brazil set to host the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup, there have been numerous concerns regarding the preparedness of stadiums.
Richard Conway, a sports news correspondent for the BBC, reports that FIFA, the governing body of soccer, is concerned about the readiness of three stadiums. The stadium in Sao Paulo, which is set to host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia, was recently deemed unfit to hold all 65,000 spectators. Instead, the stadium will only be able to hold about 40,000 fans. A construction worker in Sao Paulo was quoted by the Los Angeles Times, “The stadium is marvelous, but it’s not even finished! And that’s completely unacceptable.” The International Business Times also reports that there are concerns about the country’s airports and how they will be able to handle the estimated 3.7 million people set to travel to Brazil for the World Cup.
I personally feel that FIFA made a mistake in choosing Brazil as the host nation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. While Brazil has a rich soccer culture, they do not have the necessary infrastructure to properly host a World Cup. Failure to complete stadiums is absolutely unacceptable. Brazil was awarded the rights to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in 2007. They have had over seven years to prepare for this World Cup and it’s coming down to the wire. As a fan, this upsets me. The World Cup will be the most watched sporting event of the year, and the concerns about Brazil’s ability to host just takes away from the game. With the first match of the World Cup set to be played on June 12, I really hope Brazil can pull this one off.