How The World Cup Makes Brazil The New Ancient Rome

How The World Cup Makes Brazil The New Ancient Rome

Most people don’t realize how much scrutiny Brazil’s government has undergone to host FIFA’s World Cup, even though more than 1.5 million Brazilians protested against it last year. Brazil’s love for soccer is incontestable, but the population has passed it by and is enraged at the eloquent decisions of its government. The country became remarkably submissive to this foreign corporation to host the tournament. Are these international games really a life changer? Or do governments simply use them as a weapon for political campaigning?

This last question becomes clearer when knowing that the World Cup is happening only three months ahead of Brazil’s presidential election. Dilma Roussef is the current president, and the allied successor of Lula a market genius, populist, with strong roots in socialism. Lula was president for two terms of 4 years. His biggest program was Bolsa Famlia (Family Allowance) a system of poverty relief paying R$70 reals (around $25 dollars) a month directly from the state to the people. It was almost as much a political strategy as a social and economic tool.

Although we saw a lot of positive changes in the country, his government’s highlight was something else: the biggest corruption scheme in Brazils’ history, known as “mensalo” or “big monthly” allowance. This program also involved transferring public funds as Family Allowance. However, it involved larger amounts per month, and they would go to politicians from coalition parties in order to provide their political support for Lula’s current government. It looks like vote buying was Lula’s best skill. He was able to buy votes from the mass struggling population right up to the high profile politicians of the opposite party.

Here we are in 2014’s World Cup hosted by Brazil, under the same government but with a different gender of president. After this brief historical context, isn’t hard to guess how FIFA a cooperation involved in bribery scandals was so keen on deciding where to do its business. Four years ago, when Brazil was selected to host the World Cup, it was said that 70% of the investments would come from private equities. Now we watch the most expensive World Cup ever, more than the two previous countries combined. Over 11 billion dollars have been spent and 98.56% of it came from public money.

If you “street view” Lapa in Rio de Janeiro right now, you’ll see the amount of trash left on the streets, ruined buildings, and broken roads. The government have such a hard time just cleaning the streets, but don’t hesitate a second when building whatever stadium FIFA requested, or even changing laws of the country if necessary.

In 2003, the Brazilian government banned alcohol from stadiums because of the enormously high death rate amongst fans. As the giant brewer Budweiser is one of FIFA’s key sponsor, FIFA seemed anxious to protect Budweiser from a law designed to protect people. They were able to convince the Brazilian Senate to approve the “Budweiser Bill,” allowing them to sell their beer in stadiums to make even more money, with not a penny of it going to the country. FIFA is exempt from any taxes whatsoever, in any level, state, municipality and all sorts of taxes, consumption, income, you name it in fact, the Brazilian government is allowing FIFA to forgo 200 million dollars in taxes, while the Brazilian population wasn’t even granted access to the games. Only one third of the tickets were available to be sold in Brazil at ludicrously overcharged prices. The World Cup makes the population cheer for its country and increases nationalism, which is what current Dilma’s government needs more than ever. They are clearly not measuring any effort (money) to make this event happen, and they have been doing it in such an irresponsible way that Brazilian citizens are ashamed of it, despite their passion for the sport.

Yet, this type of practice is not anything new. There was an ancient plan, set way back in 140 BC, when Roman emperors devised to win the votes of the new citizens by giving out cheap food and entertainment. Bread and Circuses came to be the most effective way to rise in power. Along the centuries, emperors became politicians and they’ve learned how society tends to respond more effectively to emotions. No wonder there are the thousands of types of sports and hundreds of different religions spread around the world. The tool for crowd control has grown monstrously, and the bigger it gets, the harder it is to figure out. The good old Matrix.

For the past decade, Brazilian government have learned from Ancient Rome by providing food with the Family Allowance and entertainment with the World Cup in order to keep people distracted from political issues. Today, we’re not going inside coliseums to watch gladiators kill themselves the coliseums are coming to our homes and killing us inside. Brazilian born studied film in Los Angeles. Short drama, Parents, screened at Festival de Canes 2013. View profile

Germany punt USA out of men

Germany punt USA out of men

Men’s National Team U 17s 4 0 and eliminated them from the 2011 FIFA U 17 World Cup in the Round of 16 at Estadio Corregidora in Queretaro, Mexico. The USMNT U 17s have been eliminated in the knockout stage in the last five consecutive tournaments. coach Wilmer Cabrera. “In the second half I told our players to be more focused and not to make mistakes, but sadly, right away they scored the fourth goal. Then we started to play, take the ball and create options, but it was too late. program. On June 25, the USMNT lost 4 2 to Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship, with Mexico recovering from a two goal deficit with four beautiful goals.

In April, the USMNT U 20s failed to even qualify for their FIFA World Cup, leading to the dismissal of coach Thomas Rongen and installation of Tab Ramos. It was the first time the USA failed to qualify for the U 20 World Cup since 1995 and they fell to Guatemala, a country that has 5% of the population of the United States.

“At this stage, in our country the kids are still boys,” said Cabrera of the U 17s. “In other countries, they are already fighting for a spot in a professional team. That takes time. We’re doing it, but it’s a process that takes time. Hopefully one day we can see those kids coming into this tournament a little bit more mature, with a better mentality so we don’t have to experience it during the tournament.”

The USMNT U 17s last advanced beyond the knockout stage when Landon Donovan led the team in 1999.


Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

USA 0 0 0

GER 3 1 4

GER Koray Guenter (Levent Aycicek) 20th minute

GER Mitchell Weiser (Samed Yesil) 40

GER Samed Yesil (Levent Aycicek) 43

GER Marvin Ducksch (Cimo Roecker) 49

Subs not used: 12 Fernando Pia, 21 Wade Hamilton, 14 Tarik Salkicic, 15 Alessandro Mion, 17 Andrew Souders, 20 Dillon Serna

Subs not available: 11 Marc Pelosi

Head Coach: Wilmer CabreraSubs not used: 12 Cedric Wilmes, 21 Thomas Daehne, 13 Koray Kacinoglu, 15 Noah Korzowski, 16 Sven Mende, 19 Nils Quaschner

World Cup Extra Time Rules Exclude Golden Goal

World Cup Extra Time Rules Exclude Golden Goal

The World Cup extra time rules, used for the first time in the 2010 World Cup, have no golden goals, to the early relief of the USA. Although it ultimately did no good, the Americans still had nearly 30 minutes to rally after Ghana’s early goal. The tournament had the golden goal rule in place for 1998 and 2002, but they got rid of it before long. Rusty fans were reminded of that yesterday, as the 2010 World Cup extra time rules applied for a full 30 minutes, which several future games might need too. For the first round of the tournament, matches ended in draws after 90+ minutes. However, that no longer applies in the knockout stage, as one way or another, someone has to win. Given how every USA game came down to the wire, it was fitting that the first 2010 World Cup extra time game was between them and Ghana.

As American fans were briefly relieved to remember, Ghana’s 93’rd minute goal didn’t end the match. The 2010 World Cup extra time rules have no golden goal, like in 1998 and 2002. No matter how many goals are scored, there will be two 15 minute periods in each extra time match. If things are still even after that, penalty kicks will decide who advances.

Yesterday, the 2010 World Cup extra time rules did not extend to penalty kicks for the USA. Although Ghana didn’t score a golden goal, the Americans couldn’t get an equalizer in the next 27+ minutes. As such, the tournament is still waiting for its first penalty kick shootout.

For much of the tournament’s history, the golden goal format has not been used. They introduced it in 1998 and 2002, which ended a handful of games early in extra time. However, FIFA changed its mind and went back to the old format in 2006, so teams wouldn’t play to reach penalty kicks.

The 2010 World Cup extra time rules are bound to be used a few more times in the knockout stage. They may even be used in the finals, like they were in 1994 and 2006. Deciding a championship in penalty kicks may be anticlimactic, but without them, a match could go on for hours. In the absence of a golden goal, teams will be guaranteed 30 minutes to stay alive, at the least.

The USA couldn’t take advantage of that, whereas Ghana did yesterday. With 14 games left in the tournament, the extra time rules are bound to be analyzed a few more times in the next two weeks. That’s right, FIFA Worl.2010 World Cup Teams Split by GroupsWorld Cup 2010 teams broken into groups are listed here.