To football fans it is the greatest show on earth; a chance to see the best players in the world come together an battle for glory on behalf of their respective nations. However I believe Brazil 2014 could be shaping up to a bit of a disappointment and certainly not the World Cup we would hope for from Brazil and here’s why.
The Brazilian Public
Despite being a football mad nation and synonymous with the sport, the people have become disenchanted with their World Cup and in particular FIFA. The spiralling cost of stadiums, some of which aren’t even completed yet plus the tragic deaths of several workers during the construction of said stadiums has left many people severely angered by Sepp Blatter and the
world footballing body.
Many too question the logic of spending vast amounts of money on massive stadiums which will only host club games attracting crowds a fraction of the size of the World Cup games. It remains to be seen if the discontent will rise up during matches at
the upcoming tournament.
Brazil is hot….really hot! Not only that but many of the stadiums are in areas of the country which are incredibly humid. Although some of the South American teams may be able to cope with the weather we can surely expect to see the European teams struggle.
I for one would not be surprised to see matches consisting of long periods of dull possession with no real end product, followed by five minute bursts of play, looking for a winner. Second half's could be particularly flat.
A footballer getting injured is part and parcel of the game but there seems to be an unprecedented number of real superstars struggling for fitness or not in contention for this World Cup at all. Ballon D’or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo is seemingly struggling with knee trouble and may not be fit for Portugals first match. Diego Costa, Franck Ribery and Luiz Suarez are another three talismans in a race against fitness whilst Radamel Falcao has
pulled out all together.
He will also be joined by Marco Reus, the latest star player to miss out through injury. Although their plight may give some other players a chance to shine there is something disappointing about seeing a World Cup where the box office names won’t be there or if they are, won’t be fully fit.
Although I am hopeful that all the negativity in the build up to the World Cup, particularly coming from the Brazilian people, will be forgotten once the football is under way, anything other than exemplary performances from the host nation could lead to more problems for FIFA.
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