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Published July 8, 2014
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: In N.Y., Christopher Clarey examined Brazil as World Cup host and wrote "response to the Cup has surely benefited from reduced expectations." When people "expect chaos, they are content with far from perfect." But the stadiums have, "for the most part, worked well" and the transport has, "for the most part, run on time." The mood "has been upbeat, and the soccer has often been transcendent, although Friday’s edgy, foul-filled quarterfinals were a big hint that the game was returning to a more traditional pattern under final-stretch pressure." The Brazilians "have proved -- with plenty of pressure from FIFA -- that they can pull enough all-nighters to meet the deadline for a global sporting event." That should be "some, but hardly total, reassurance" to the IOC, which is "not dealing with just one sport in Brazil, but with 28" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/5).