2014 World Cup in Brazil already a disaster
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2014 World Cup in Brazil already a disaster

Manaus : Brazil | Dec 14, 2013 at 7:38 PM PST
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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Magazine - Episode 9

Brazil is a disaster right now as far as the 2014 World Cup is concerned. A construction worker died after falling at the construction site of Arena Amazonia (soccer stadium) in Manaus Brazil.

This isn’t the first worker to have died. Two people died in November at the stadium. Manaus was ridiculed and mocked by a reporter last week who warned Americans to stay away from that city. The reporter said Americans wouldn’t be safe.

Now we have another death at the stadium. This is disgusting and unacceptable. Things need to improve. Workers need to work in a safe environment. The construction company needs to be investigated.

The stadium is way over its completion deadline. The construction company that is building the stadium must be investigated by an independent body. FIFA needs to step in and warn Brazil’s World Cup organizers that if it things don’t improve immediately that the country will be stripped of the World Cup.

Things are a real mess in Brazil. At another stadium workers went on strike because they haven’t been paid. This is unacceptable. It’s disgusting that workers are not being paid and workers are dying while building stadiums. It must stop now. It makes Brazil look bad and incapable of doing things right.

When FIFA announced that Brazil was awarded the World Cup in 2014, I thought things could be crazy in Brazil. There is a lot of corruption in the country. I believe corruption leads to disorganization and tragedies and that’s what we’re seeing in the country.

I doubt that FIFA would ever step in and demand improvements or take action against the Brazil 2014 World Cup organizers. I think FIFA is just as corrupt and disorganized as Brazil. Maybe it’s a match made in heaven.

I think that Brazil is off to a pathetic start. They have more than half a year to right the ship and I hope that they do but I’m not convinced that they will be able to. It would be really sad for World Cup fans and players if Brazil fails.

I hope that the World Cup stadiums don’t only meet minimum construction standards. I hope that the stadiums are appropriately constructed the way they need to be for a tournament of this magnitude.

The World Cup is watched by fans all over the world. Over a billion people watch the World Cup. Brazil will be in the public eye of the entire world. If they fail to put on a show, a safe show, they will be mocked and ridiculed.

The time is now for Brazil’s World Cup organizers to take control of a terrible situation and demand that things improve. They shouldn't be complaisant or try to will the wrecked ship to be fixed. It will take hard work and determination. Most of all it will take leadership. Let’s see if there’s a leader in the country that can ensure that a great and safe World Cup takes place.

Anthony Bloch is based in Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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