July 23, 2013
Jo Griffin – Al Jazeera, 07/23/2013
It was a dark chapter in Brazil’s history that shocked the world and sowed the seeds of social reform after eight street children were gunned down by off-duty police officers outside the Catholic Candelaria Cathedral on July 23, 1993.
Twenty-years later, some observers are questioning if the upcoming World Cup in 2014 and 2016 Olympics will lead to further police abuse against vulnerable young people as authorities attempt to clean up Rio de Janeiro. The anniversary also puts the spotlight on persistent accusations of police brutality, mostly against Brazil’s most impoverished people.
While celebrations are underway with the visit of Pope Francis to Rio, the grim Candelaria anniversary will be marked with several sombre events and marches outside the church.
June 17, 2013
Rob Hughes – The New York Times, 06/16/2013
The Confederations Cup now playing in Brazil is window dressing. It is a rehearsal to test the host’s ability to stage next year’s World Cup in front of fans who have lived on memories for most of their lives.
Brazilians dream of Jogo Bonito, the Beautiful Game. They cannot escape the past, and not simply because the likes of Pelé and Tostão are commentators reminding them that things are not what they were in their day.
But maybe there is one player who can live up to their past.
March 22, 2013
BBC News, 03/22/2013
A group of indigenous Brazilians has been evicted from the building they had been occupying in Rio de Janeiro for more than six years.
Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to dislodge the indigenous people from the former museum.
The building is next to the famous Maracana football stadium.
March 21, 2013
Yahoo Sports/Associated Press, 03/21/2013
World Cup organizers in Brazil say they have signed a $17 million deal with the United Nations to help host the tournament.
Claudio Monteiro, the head of World Cup preparations in Brasilia, says the capital’s organizing committee signed the deal with the U.N. Development Program this week.
The U.N. will provide temporary structures outside the stadium to house support services and provide some security services.
March 20, 2013
Barbara DeLollis – USA Today, 03/20/2013
If you’re planning a trip to Brazil to stroll the white sandy beaches, conduct business meetings or attend next year’s World Cup matches, chances are you’ll be able to stay in a new hotel.
And you won’t have to spend a fortune.
Brazil’s in the midst of a hotel building boom that promises to deliver thousands of newly built, moderately priced hotel rooms.
March 19, 2013
Graham Dunbar – Yahoo Sports/AP, 03/19/2013
FIFA ”totally” trusts that Brazil will have stadiums and infrastructure ready for the 2014 World Cup, Sepp Blatter said Tuesday.
Despite ongoing delays in preparations, Blatter said after a meeting of FIFA’s World Cup organizing committee: ”Don’t be afraid.”
Brazil has delivered only two of six stadiums so far for the Confederations Cup in June. The iconic Maracana in Rio de Janeiro has been given an April 27 completion deadline.
February 20, 2013
Alexei Anishchuk – Reuters, 02/20/2013
(Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday on a visit to Brazil aimed at sealing defense and nuclear technology deals with a fellow member of the BRIC bloc of emerging nations.
On their agenda was the possible sale of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems to Brazil, a Brazilian government spokesman said.
Brazil is beefing up its air defenses ahead of the World Cup soccer tournament next year and the 2016 Olympic Games to ward off the threat of a terrorist attack during the global sporting events, which will draw massive crowds of foreigners.
February 7, 2013
Rob Hughes - The New York Times, 02/07/2013
LONDON — The British introduced Brazilians to soccer more than a century ago and since then have spent an awful lot of time trying to get their ball back.
No one can doubt that. It goes beyond the fact that Brazil has won five World Cups — and England just the one, in its own stadium 47 years ago. There has been a chasm in class between the two, mostly stemming from sheer mastery of the ball, for much of that history.
On Wednesday, albeit in a friendly game that counted for no points, England beat Brazil, 2-1, at the rebuilt 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium.
August 14, 2012
Samantha Pearson – Financial Times, 8/14/2012
For José Fortunati, one of the hardest parts of being mayor of Porto Alegre in Brazil’s southern “gaucho” or cowboy state is getting reception on his mobile phone.
“I was talking to you in another room but I had to move as I couldn’t hear you,” he explains over a faint line. “Our building is right in the middle of town so in theory we’re meant to get the best signal.”
Complaints in the city have sparked a national crackdown by the telecoms regulator, Anatel, over the past few weeks, raising fears about the direction of one of the world’s most attractive mobile phone markets.
August 3, 2012
Paul Gough – Betting Zone, 8/3/2012
Brazil will never get a better chance to finally end their Olympic jinx and win a long overdue first men’s football gold medal with the record five-time World Cup winners now odds-on favourites to take out the men’s tournament at the London Games.
The knockout stages of the tournament get underway on Friday with the women’s quarter-finals, followed by the men’s quarter finals on Saturday.
And following the shock elimination of reigning World and European champions Spain from the tournament in the group stages, Brazil seemingly have the men’s tournament at their mercy.
The South American giants might have won the most World Cups in history with five but they are yet to win Olympic gold, having finished with the bronze medal in Beijing four years ago as well as bronze in 1996 and silver at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.