To many people, Brazil is the country of “Carnaval” and “futebol.” As the country prepares to host the World Cup this year, floats paying homage to two of its biggest soccer stars will parade through Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
When FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke arrived at the new stadium in Manaus, Brazil, to promote a program that taught the World Cup city’s taxi drivers English, his cab was decorated with black tape.
Support among Brazilians for hosting soccer’s World Cup has fallen to an all-time low with the kickoff of the month-long tournament less than four months away, according to a poll released by Sao Paulo-based Datafolha.
Netherlands national team coach Louis van Gaal says Dutch players at top European soccer clubs may miss out on a place on his World Cup roster because of the lack of time he’ll have to prepare them for the tournament.
Soccer governing body FIFA is rejigging plans for this year’s $5 billion World Cup in Brazil in case there’s a repeat of the civil unrest that surrounded last year’s Confederations Cup, a warm-up for this year’s event.