Agencia EFE, 4/8/2014
The Brazilian government forecasts that the 2014 soccer World Cup will generate around 62.1 billion reais ($27.7 billion) in revenues, three times what was injected into the country’s economy during last year’s Confederations Cup tourney.
The estimate is based on a report published Monday by the Tourism Ministry concerning the economic impact of the Confederations Cup.
Football’s world governing body, Fifa, has announced that there will be no speeches at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in June.
Last year, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was booed by fans at the opening match of the Confederations Cup – a curtain-raiser for the World Cup.
In an interview with DPA news agency, Fifa head Sepp Blatter expressed concern about social unrest in Brazil.
He said he hoped the event would play a part in calming down the protests.
Tarqi Panja – Bloomberg, 2/20/2014
The threat of mass public protests returning to Brazil’s streets during soccer’s World Cup this year won’t push the sport’s governing body into hiding, FIFA’s director of security said.
Brazil’s biggest protests in a generation erupted last June during the Confederations Cup, a warm-up event for the World Cup, which has become a totem for opposition groups. They’ve seized on the event to complain about a range of issues including the amount of money being spent on sports in a country with poor health and education funding.
Protests initially sparked by a rise in bus fares have continued sporadically since then, with demonstrators brandishing anti-FIFA insignia and chanting against the Zurich-based organization. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets near all the Confederations Cup venues.
John Dillon – Express UK, 11/06/2013
The abandonment of the SoccerEx forum was made just minutes before former Brazil striker Ronaldo arrived at a prestige PR event in London aimed at trumpeting the merits of staging the tournament in Rio next year.
It raised fresh fears about the safety of fans attending the World Cup.
And it increased the prospect that the tournament may take place amid the same mass protests and street violence that marred the Confederations Cup this summer.
Tales Azzoni – Herald Sun, 08/19/2013
FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke will begin an inspection visit to Brazil amid a series of concerns about the country’s readiness for soccer’s 2014 World Cup.
Valcke will visit three host cities after Brazil’s sports minister said the country needed to speed up construction pace on five of six stadiums that have to be completed by December.
Monday’s visit also comes just days after government concerns with price hikes of hotels listed on FIFA’s website, something that could prompt an investigation into the FIFA-appointed agency in charge of accommodation.
Foreign tourists to the country injected 7 billion Reais approx 3.5 billion dollars into the Brazilian economy, showing an increase of 9.6% based on the same volume of Reais spent by inbound tourists in the first half of last year.
A further several tens of millions is expected to have been generated last month with Brazil hosting World Youth Day and the successful visit of Pope Francis during a week.
Tourist board president Flávio Dino said: “Obviously, the Confederations Cup taking place in June helped accentuate this upward curve.
Rafael Alcadipani – Financial Times, 08/07/2013
Just like the Confederations Cup, the recent World Youth Day (WYD) left no doubt about Brazil’s chronic problems when it comes to organisation. Queues and more queues; serious public transport problems; insufficient and faulty public toilets; a lack of accommodation for pilgrims…the list goes on. The chaos even reached the point that the security of the Pope was called into question.
But it certainly wasn’t for lack of money – a great deal was spent on the WYD but with little result.
In the case of the World Cup (to be hosted by Brazil next year), the numbers are even more significant. The budget for Brazil’s 12 stadiums up until now is R$7bn – three times more than South Africa spent on the World Cup in 2010. Some even forecast that the 2014 World Cup could be more expensive than all the other tournaments put together.
Rafael Alcadipani, professor at FGV-EAESP, the São Paulo Business Administration School of Brazil’s Fundação Getulio Vargas and Visiting Scholar at Sweden’s Gothenburg Research Institute.