Skip to comments.Brazil Has Barely Finished A Third Of The Structures It Promised To Build For The World Cup
Posted on 05/30/2014 7:21:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Football legend Ronaldo, a member of Brazil's World Cup organizing committee, said only 30 percent of the infrastructure projects undertaken for the tournament would be completed. Brazil promised a host of projects in conjunction with the World Cup to improve its roads, airports and urban transport networks.
But the country has struggled to finish even essential ones such as stadiums, and has shelved much of the rest.
"I think we're missing an opportunity. A series of investments were promised that won't be delivered. Only 30 percent will be delivered," two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo told a forum organized by newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.
He also elaborated on remarks last week in which he said he was "ashamed" of the delays in preparing for the tournament, which kicks off June 12.
"My shame is for the people, who were hoping for major investments, that's the great legacy of the Cup for us. They were expecting a lot and they're the ones most hurt by the situation," he said.
The former Real Madrid and Barcelona star also joked about Brazil's tense relationship with FIFA. The world football governing body has sharply criticized the host country's delays.
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I guess they are expecting some super-country, whom they hate with a passion, to swoop in and finish the job for them.....
By the time this event ends, Rio will have had the 2016 Olympics yanked.
How many years did Brazil have to prepare for the World Cup? Maybe they should of stopped kicking the ball around and got down to work.
If you like the World Cup I suspect you’re going to love the Olympics.
Sounds like the same people who handled Sochi.
They were awarded the World Cup in October 2007.
Too late for that.What they'll do is hold the track & field events in the various favelas of Rio.That should motivate the runners to set new world records.During a day trip tour of Rio a few years ago our guide pointed out a favela on a nearby hillside (we were touring a national park close to Rio) and she sad that it's so dangerous that the Brazilian *army* doesn't dare to attempt to enter it during *daylight*.With God as my Judge that's exactly what she said.
I read somewhere that the IOC has made contingency arrangements with UK, to have them in London again....just in case the Brazilians screw everything up.
Meh. The IOC could relocate the Olympics to the US with very little notice, as long as they’d be okay with the Games occurring all over the country rather than just around one (or two) cities.
The USA was headed for such disasters for our Olympics- and Mitt Romney saved the day.
You may not like his politics but he seems to be a great businessman
Thanks for the info. Didn’t they also get the summer olympics as well? This does not bode well for them on the international scene. They want to join the big boys but obviously they’re not ready for prime time yet.
Such a shame. Brazil has always been an emerging power, much like India. But their leftist policies and corrupt officials is dragging it into the ground.
RE: You may not like his politics but he seems to be a great businessman
And great MANAGER who knew how to coordinate, manage and handle BIG TASKS.
Contrast that with our sorry excuse for a president.
Yes, they were awarded those in 2009. I think they'll be as big a disaster as the World Cup is shaping up to be. And there isn't much anyone can do about it now. Even if they wanted to yank the Olympics, two years isn't enough time to prep an alternate site.
sheesh--this makes me wish i could attend The World Cup in Brazil...
hear, hear... that is exactly what he had going for him...
About 10 years ago, I was in Rio for a conference. Our 4 star hotel was on Ipanema. As we pull into the hotel entrance, there are about 6 guards armed with Uzis standing by the front doors. It gets worse...a few days later, I decide one afternoon to head for the beach..( OK..I admit it...I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous local ladies in the thong bikinis..) there’s like an underground tunnel from the hotel pool area to the beach..it comes out at the lifeguard station, which is manned by a lifeguard, and 3 guards sporting AKs...even more..they tell tourists..especially the women....to NEVER open a window in a car or a bus..because they’ll reach in and try and rip off any jewelry you’re wearing..one lady actually lost her ear the week before we got there..
No, I believe it is the culture.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Brasil and my Portuguese is good enough that the Brazilians think I am Brazilian - if they don’t talk to me for more than 10 minutes! I love the country, have been all over it, and I love the people more than anywhere I’ve been in the world, and I’ve been all over.
But it’s almost impossible to get anything done in Brazil. Time does not exist - they say, “Don’t take a watch to Brazil -it’s useless.” If you call a meeting of 5, no one will be there at the time set, two will arrive 30 min. late, 2 between an hour and 1 1/2hours late, and one will not show and not call to notify. It is normal and accepted.
Even honest Brazillians will tell you that when you enter a contract in the USA, you fully expect every party to honor the contract, and it’s the exception to not do so.
In Brazil, you expect everyone in a contract to break it in one or many ways - to cheat, steal, lie - or not perform. So you plan accordingly.
I could give many more examples, but these make the point.
Corruption in business and government is endemic and accepted as normal.
It’s amazing that they even got 30% done......
If it were up to me, I’d rotate the Summer and Winter Olympics among 4 countries every 4 years ( those countries that have managed their Olympics well and not lost money ).
The facilities are already there, JUST USE THEM.
For the Summer Olympics, I suggest these 4 rotations — Sydney, Seoul, London, Los Angeles.
For Winter — Salt Lake City, Calgary, Lillehammer, Sarajevo
...the real excitement of the event!
Most of the venues in London were designed to be temporary and have already been dismantled. Google the Sarajevo Winter venues and most of them got blown to pieces in their war. Under your plan no city is going to go to the expense of building and maintaining facilities that will be used once every 20 years.
I’ve had similar thoughts. Its stupid to keep building venues that only get used once.
Might take Sarajevo off the list thought. Their facilities are in sad shape, after years of civil war.
I was in London last week and the Brits are hoping for a relocation back to London in 2016, since most of the infrastrcuture is already in place and serviceable.
Houston could handle it. It has a covered NFL stadium with a capacity of about 80,000; two major college football stadiums; 3-4 additional college stadiums within 2-3 hours; an NBA Arena; a new MLS stadium, plenty of hotels and lots of great restaurants.
“Sounds like the same people who handled Sochi.”
Yeah, I was wondering what the wild dog and poison water situation was in Brazil.
They could spread matches around like Sao Paolo and even Buenos Aries and Montevideo. Would get them by.
I think London is back up for the Olympics.
I think you are right. My wife is Cuban—don’t even get me started there.
Cuban time is nothing like normal time. To be honest, South Americans are horrible for punctuality. While I’m Spanish, I operate on “German-time” for whatever reason. So it drives me insane the lack of urgency that these cultures have.
Brazil hosting anything is laughable at best—heck, we joke on Mexicans, but they’ve hosted two of the best World Cups ever. IMO, the Mexicans followed by Chileans are the most capable nations for getting things done.
In hindsight, it will have been smart of them to not waste the money. It is waste to invest in capital projects that won’t be put to long-term steady use.
Brazil should just stick to beach volleyball.
The IOC needs to rethink it’s whole criteria about what they expect from Olympic host such building all brand new venues. Cities are starting to say no like Philly and New York did for a possible 2024 Summer Bid. Use what you already have for crying out loud and be done with it. Los Angeles did that in 1984 and SLC in 2002. LA used many of the university and existing stadiums and just painted them in the pretty pastels and it was a very successful event.
Dallas is supposedly going to bid for 2024. Like LA in 1984, they have the venues in place all across North Texas and probably just have to add a few for some of the less costly sports like Archery for example. They and other just need to tell the IOC to get their socialists little heads out of their asses and allow them to make it a less of burden on the taxpayer.
We need Romney for VA Secretary now.
The last thing the vets need is for Romney to give them cancer or something. ;)
It’s generally a Latino culture thing - somewhat the same in Nicaragua where we’ve worked with orphans and street kids. Less so in El Salvador. Chile is definitely the exception - radically so.
BUT, some parts of Brazil were settled by Germans - look like Germany, act like Germans - if you didn’t know better and the signs were not in Portuguese, you’d be convinced you are in Germany. Ultra-clean, fastidious, prompt. Detail oriented.
German culture is a whole different animal - and the very reason that Germany is prosperous more than almost any other Euro country. Quality? Tops. Frugal? The most. Productive? Tops. Disciplined? The most.
Latino culture is the opposite - Italy, Spain, etc. have similar problems, though perhaps not to the degree. Greece has a similar culture and similar problems.
Now, if we want to go deeper, we could look into church origins and its effect on cultures......but not going to go there....
When the guy and his family returned after a few years, he said while the experience overall was a good one, they quickly learned to tell their family members back in the U.S. to not send gift packages through the Brazilian postal system.
If they did get a package from the national po, much of the time the contents had been removed. Many times the packages never arrived. Obviously, people who worked for the Brazilian postal system were tampering with or stealing the contents.
Just wait until the host country doesn’t make it to the final or loses the final. Imagine for a second being white skinned and getting out of the stadium after, say, Germany defeats Brazil. You’re telling me there won’t be riots!? You couldn’t pay me a million dollars to travel to that shi$ hole to watch the cup.
Yes, and now you can use any rest room you feel like thanks to the wonderful mayor of Houston.
Maybe they can take lessons from Russia on how not to be prepared for international sporting events
Politicians love bread and circuses
and this time they can’t even make it a good circus
And you like these thieves, cheaters and liars more than anyone else in the world...and you've been every where...hmmm...birds of a feather.
World Cup Brazil.....Sochi style!!
Didn’t Jesus love sinners?