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FIFA Orders Another Test Match At World Cup Stadium After Issues With Seating, Roof
Published May 21, 2014
OF STADIUMS AND UNREST: Last night's edition of HBO's "Real Sports" examined Brazil's infrastructure and stadium construction efforts. HBO's Jon Frankel noted the government has built stadiums across the country, but asked, "What will they be used for after the World Cup? That's the $4 billion question. But if history is any guide, many will become expensive and empty monuments to waste or what the ancients called white elephants." Frankel: "They are the dirty, little secret shared by almost every country that has recently hosted the World Cup or the Olympic Games." He added, "Brazil's economy, once sizzling hot, is now ice cold and untold millions live in third-world poverty. But undeterred, the government is about to spend more money on a World Cup than any country in history and worry about tomorrow tomorrow" ("Real Sports," HBO, 5/20). The Nation's Dave Zirin said Brazil is "not ready" for the World Cup. Zirin: "Imagine mass protests in New York City against pizza. It's Brazil and people are marching on soccer stadiums" ("Morning Joe," MSNBC, 5/21). Soccer legend and Brazil native Pelé said, “Politically speaking, the money spent to build the stadiums was a lot, and in some cases was more than it should have been” (USA TODAY, 5/21).