World Cup Soc­cer

Seaway News - - EDITORIAL & OPINIONS - Sultan Jessa Opin­ion

Brazil is get­ting ready for the muchan­tic­i­pated 2014 World Cup soc­cer.

This South Amer­i­can coun­try is hop­ing all six of its sta­di­ums un­der con­struc­tion will be ready be­fore the dead­line of De­cem­ber 31.

Ac­cord­ing to the FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter the Sao Paulo sta­dium, where a crane col­lapsed killing two work­ers, may not be ready un­til next April.

Brazil­ian of­fi­cials are quite em­bar­rassed by the de­lay.

How­ever, they say work is go­ing on roundthe- clock to get all the sta­di­ums, in­clud­ing the one at Sao Paulo, ready for the ma­jor in­ter­na­tional event.

The same of­fi­cials also em­pha­size they will not dis­ap­point in­ter­na­tional fans.

The de­lay is not the only thing that both­er­ing Brazil­ian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials.

Shock­ing vi­o­lence at a Brazil­ian cham­pi­onship match is also adding to con­cerns.

At least 30 peo­ple were killed in in­ci­dents in and around Brazil’s sta­di­ums this year.

Dur­ing the vi­o­lence, some play­ers broke down in tears as they watched fans chase each other round the ter­races, trad­ing blows and hit­ting each other with home­made sticks and weapons.

Brazil’s Pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff con­demned the trou­ble­mak­ers and called for a spe­cial po­lice sta­tion to be set up to deal with soc­cer- re­lated in­ci­dents.

The fight­ing brought back mem­o­ries of

is the black­est days of Euro­pean soc­cer in the 1980s.

Or­ga­nized groups have been blamed for the vi­o­lence and much of the trou­ble.

Some Brazil­ian news­pa­pers have sug­gested po­lice take sim­ple steps such as mak­ing known hooligans re­port to po­lice sta­tions on match days, a tac­tic that was suc­cess­ful in Eng­land.

The most an­tic­i­pated sport­ing draw in his­tory is now done.

Re­ports sug­gest an es­ti­mated 600 mil­lion fans from 200 coun­tries tuned in to the Brazil­ian beach re­sort of Sosta do Sauipe to find out who will play whom among the 32 fi­nal­ists when the World Cup soc­cer sweep across Brazil next June.

This show opened with a fit­ting trib­ute to Nel­son Man­dela, a man who be­lieved in the power of soc­cer to draw na­tions and peo­ple to­gether peace­fully and who was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing World Cup 2010 to South Africa.

Brazil­ians are ex­cited about the World cup.

This coun­try has the home ad­van­tage and bank on mil­lions of peo­ple cheer­ing Brazil­ian play­ers.

Host­ing a World Cup is al­ways counted as a ma­jor bonus for any coun­try.

Home ad­van­tage is huge, es­pe­cially in a coun­try where soc­cer is re­garded as the main re­li­gion.

The down­side is the pres­sure placed on the play­ers to per­form.

Brazil is ex­pected to take the World Cup in 2014. But, this is not a sure thing. Any­thing could hap­pen and there may be some sur­prises.

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