World Cup 2014

by: Marc

Whether or not you happen to like soccer, you must admit that the World Cup is a hugely publicized, global event right next to the Olympic games, with 32 different countries participating at the same event. For the people of Hamilton, Ontario, you’ll be able to watch the World Cup final on Sunday, July 13th at Bayfront Pier 8!

However, this year there has been a real issue that has occurred around the event.

Brazil is a country with a lot of inequalities, the criminal rate is very high (more than 41.000 homicides per year) and the government has spent several billions for the construction of new stadiums and other amenities, the budget has hugely exceeded, and this has outraged the local population. The principle fact of this discontent is the expenses for this event, because this money could be used to improve the living standards of the Brazilian people. In fact, according to a survey, 99.9% of Brazilians won’t be able to access the games, due to limited transportation or the fact that the ticket prices will be too expensive for them to afford.

On June 9th, three days before the beginning of the World Cup Tournament, the police began to disperse protesters to maintain the safety of players and also the fans who have come in from around the world.

In addition, many people from around the world have been criticizing this year’s World Cup, due to the funds that have been spent by the government on stadiums and preparing the twelve different cities for the tournament, rather than putting the money to benefit the citizens of Brazil.

Regardless of any backlash from the residents, this competition is still very popular and tens of thousands people will be travelling to Brazil to support their favourite team.