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@ 220: we're all glad to see the back of the pair; why bring them up again?@ 196: thanks for the positive feedback. I miss the days when we could have a decent discussion on the Beeb, before they restricted us to these 'sound bites'.Btw, great news for Brazil: the lower house in Congress voted down PEC 37. All we need now is to see a few corrupt politicians behind bars and the change will occur!
Nice to see a column from you. Seriously Tim, where did you go? Hope you are back for good. Enjpy these columns.
If you think Brazil is a farce, wait for the Qatar games!
Why on earth is the world cup in Brazil. Absolute joke and a farce. Why not have it in England where the stadiums are closer together for better travel, the country has far better security for everyone, the training facilities are far better, Aw yeah and we would not be having silly riots a year before the real competition even starts. Please remove your heads from your behinds. Idiots.
"Why is it that stadiums in Brazil are rarely sold out and never near capacity"Another reason:a huge chunk of their star-power players are playing outside of Brazil, namely, in Europe, where the big money truly is.
Great piece - I have written a perspective on the troubles this may mean for brands going into next year's World Cup, keen to hear thoughts and comments: http://strat-talking.com/the-beautiful-game-just-got-ugly/
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Q: Do Br Immigration & Customs spk English? Do the police? The hospitals? INFO centers away from WC spots, if youre lost in a road?Are the roads well signaled? Do taxi drivers u-tand English? Do Bus drivers? Rental car cos? Emergency nrs?So get real. Have you ever been in another country w problems?Bury your head on the floor will not help.
Also agree with @107. As long as we all can play on our Xboxes and playstations and look at it in HD with our monthly SKY subscriptions, then no-one cares. The ordinary man in the street wilfully gave away his rights for the creature comforts of "Hey, I'm alright Jack".At least in Brazil they're protesting against a blatantly, openly self-serving government.
@ 221 IYO, lets hope youre right, e-o will be welcome, safe & happy.Imagine what Brazil will spend in policing alone, in 12 cities... sure cheap.How much will it cost to move y-self around by plane? Maybe 4-5X what it would cost to rent a car in an organized country? And to get y-self from the hotel to the stadium/back? IDK if a-o has f-test idea n-mare Br streets after Br matches on WC days.
Are you saying that an out-of-touch organisation made a classic blunder by awarding a tournament to a country with huge social issues under a "Football unites the world" justification? Did the WC benefit any host country at any time at all?Football, and those who make football decisions, dance to their own tune and are not interested in the common people's issues. Never have and never will be.
Why not wheel out Beckham for this one - I'm sure he'd sort the whole sorry mess in no time. Actually I'm stunned that he hasn't been asked his opinion on it already.
@212Luckily, what he says is not reality, it's sensationalism. It's rhetoric very commonly used by brazilians and foreigners alike who are unhappy here and want to warn(scare) others away. Tourists will be kept safe at the WC. The government cares deeply about its image abroad and will not want to jeapordise that.
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