As a Brazilian, I am ashamed of the episodes that happened this weekend at Santa Cantarina. With less than a year to go until the beginning of the World Cup, I have to share the majority's opinion about what is taking place in Brazil.
Brazil's most important football tournament ended this sunday. Unfortunely, football was not the main attention. The champion was already decided, and all the eyes were focused in the struggle against relegation.
Vasco da Gama, one of Rio de Janeiro's biggest teams, were trying to escape relegation to Brazil's second division. They were playing against Atlético Paranaense, one of Brazil's best clubs. The match started with a lot of pressure.
Sadly, outside the pitch, things were not safe. Elements of Atlético and Vasco's supporters started a huge battle. Not only were they fighting, but also destroying the stadium's structure.
The referee stopped the game and the players were pleading for the supporters to finish the battle.
After the end of the fight, the match restarted, and Atlético won easily, causing Vasco's relegation. Now, I will have to tell the world what this means for us, ordinary Brazilians.
Episodes like the ones that happened this weekend shock me. The violence and lack of preparation was overwhelming.
This shows that the host country of next year's World Cup is not prepared. Unfortunately, this fight was just one of many that have occurred during 2013.
This shows that the government of my country have spent huge sums on expensive stadiums, but are effortless when the subject is security and education.
This shows to the world, sadly, the real state of Brazilian football and not the magic bubble that is the World Cup.
This shows that Brazil failed. This shows that the World Cup is not making our country a better one.
I am not sayig that Brazil is not a secure country, and I do believe that the World Cup will be a great event and tourists should come. But even if Brazil wins the World Cup, these years of preparation were truly a failure for the country's football.
They didn't change what is really important.
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