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March 04, 2012


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Rachel, in regards to #3, remember the 'problem': the "Estatuto do Torcedor", which among other things says tickets must be made available to students and seniors at half price and prohibits the sale of alcohol inside the stadium, the points you bring up. It's one of those cases where "over regulation" is causing the hold up. I worked with a pro team in the Northeast and the Estatuto is a joke. They enforce what is convenient and disregard the rest. This is a very controversial topic here right now and the "vote" to see if some of the provisions will be suspended during the Cup keeps getting delayed. I just went through 2 airports (Campinas and Brasilia) and bus stations during Carnaval and there is NO WAY those airports or rodoviarias are ready or even preparing for for this event. It would behoove Brazil to remember what happened in 86 when Colombia was stripped of the Cup and it was moved to Mexico.


hey - very interesting, but do you have a general sense of WHY Brazil is so far behind and is there any optimism in the country that the proposed plans will begin to accelerate?


@Chris: This is the general sense - if things are delayed, then it's easier to approve sourcing contractors without proper price competition, auctions, paperwork, yadda... This is interesting for people in the government seeking to take bribes and also interesting for contractors with "good" contacts inside the government.

Steven Rainwater

Rachel ,what a great summary in your post. Excellent reporting. I've been following the story on Globo Internacional, and you've referred to many things at the heart of the issues surrounding this event. Brazil's people

Just came across your blog and plan to be a regular reader. Congrats.

Steven Rainwater

I somehow posted my previous comment without finishing the sentence and thought. What I intended to say is that Brazil's people are much more used to the way of getting things done in Brazil than the rest of the world is. For Brazil it works. For the rest of the world and FIFA, we'll see how it plays out.


I don't know what is planned in our around Sao Paulo, but yesterday evening for instance, it took me several hours to get from the centre to the airport through traffic. That was a standard monday evening - add a big game and tens of thousands of tourists and the mess would only increase.
Actually I think it will be a mess, but a good 'choque' for Brazil, to let go of parochialism and adopt more modern ways of doing things and managing urban issues.


I think everyone is sensitive about their country being criticized, and in this case I think people, both local and foreigners, have to remember that the election of Brazil as World Cup host and the actual preparations took place in 2 different economic circumstances and it is bound to reflect somehow. I think Brazil deserves the World Cup but at the same time needs to have some line as they are a rising star and are doing many things for the first time. On the other hand they can gain valuable experience for when Rio is hosting the Olympics in 2016.

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