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Concerns Growing More Serious That Rio Will Not Be Ready For '16 Games

04 / 15 / 14

Even with "lowered expectations, the preparation for" the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games is "clearly not up to snuff," according to Christopher Clarey of the N.Y. TIMES. Olympic and int'l sports officials last week, "concerned over the lack of construction and commitment in Rio, sounded the alarm in publ...

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Blatter Criticizes Brazil's World Cup Prep

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that he "cannot remember a World Cup host nation falling as far behind with their preparations as Brazil have," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Blatter: "Brazil has just found out what it means and has started work much too late. No country has been so far be ...

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01/06/14
Brazil Creates World Cup Security Force

Brazil has created a "special" 10,000-strong elite security force to "help police control demonstrations expected during the World Cup," according to Gordon Tynan of the London INDEPENDENT. Brazil National Security Force Head Colonel Alexandre Augusto Aragon "was quoted in local news on Friday as sa ...

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01/06/14
Brazil Considering Use Of Foreign Airlines

The Brazilian government is "hoping to authorize foreign airlines for domestic flights" during the 2014 World Cup, with the "goal of avoiding unfairly high flight costs," according to LA AFICION. Brazil Chief of Staff Gleisi Hoffmann said, "We will evaluate all the possibilities, including opening t ...

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01/06/14
Adidas, Nike Wage WC Marketing War

Adidas is one of six sponsors considered a "partner" for the 2014 World Cup, according to CLARIN. The other "partners" designated by FIFA are Hyundai-Kia Motors, Visa, Sony, Emirates and Coca-Cola. These sponsors are "established within stadiums, but nowhere else." The rest is "up for grabs." This i ...

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12/30/13
Study: Barcelona Most Popular In Brazil

A study by Brazilian company Stochos Sports Entertainment showed that Barcelona is the "foreign club with the most followers in Brazil," according to the EP. The study's figures "were obtained from an analysis of 8,345 qualitative interviews" carried out on people older than 16. Barcelona "is suppor ...

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12/30/13
World Cup Hotels Costlier Than Olympics

Hotel rooms are expected to cost almost 50% more in Rio de Janeiro "during the upcoming World Cup" than when the city will host the 2016 Olympics, in part because "organizer FIFA's official accommodations agency hasn't set maximum room rates like those promised in Rio's winning bid for the Olympic G ...

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12/30/13
Brazil's Mane Garrincha's Roof Leaking

The operators of Brasilia's Mane Garrincha stadium said on Tuesday that the stadium, the "most expensive" of the 12 "built or revamped for the 2014 World Cup," has a leaking roof "less than eight months after it was finished," according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. Secopa, "the local government agen ...

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12/24/13
FIFA Sued For Ticket Irregularities

Brazilian prosecutors want FIFA and local World Cup organizers to pay nearly $2M in damages "for alleged ticket irregularities at a Confederations Cup venue," according to the AP. Prosecutors said that "organizers did not provide the services that fans paid for at the Arena Pernambuco." FIFA's agen ...

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12/24/13
IndyCar Series Suing Brazilian Promoter

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12/23/13
Neymar Brazil's Most Valuable Footballer

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