World Cup Soccer
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.