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Economic consequences, Security concerns at World Cup

Brazilian Futebol Fan

Brazilian Futebol Fan

– It’s hard for outsiders to understand the importance of soccer (“futebol”) in Brazilian life. Here is an excellent explanation of just how big a deal futebol is in Brazil’s politics, its history and the meaning of this World Cup to the nation of Brazil:
Brazil’s politicians banking on World Cup victory to help soothe unrest
In-Depth-The Guardian

– “(T)he number of South African millionaires rose by over a quarter, some 28 percent, since the country hosted the event… Just like South Africa, Brazil can increase wealth creation by promoting their country using the World Cup.” Here is some interesting perspective on the economic impacts of the tournament:
World Cup, Olympics, Seen Lifting Brazil’s 1% – CNBC

– World Cup 2010 brought South Africa a lot of pride and about 220,000 tourists, but that was below forecasts; South Africa’s World Cup warning to Brazil:
South Africa World Cup
CNNMoney-by Matt Egan

Storm Troopers and Sugarloaf

Storm Troopers and Sugarloaf

– Brazilian Security is serious. Check out these photos:
World Cup 2014: Brazil’s Security Forces Mean Business, With …
Huffington Post UK-22 hours ago




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