Brazil Struggles With World Cup Preparations Amidst Anger and Protests Over Spending

Brazil may be hosting the world cup in just a matter of days but the Country has been dogged by protests against the World cup and FIFA as well as unfinished infrastructure during the time agreed with the World governing body.

According to reports, a few of the stadiums to be used during the tournament are yet to be completed, including the Sao Paulo stadium where the opening ceremony will be taking place as workers can be seen frantically racing against time to complete the works.

Despite the delays, FIFA president Sepp Blater sought to assure the world that ‘Brazil will be a well done World Cup’.

In addition to the missed targets and deadlines, the country is also struggling to contain growing unrest amongst dissatisfied citizens who are enraged about the $11bn cost of hosting the World Cup during a recession.

There have been massive protests which have often turned violent between protesters and Police clash.

Union leaders have also suspended an ongoing 5 day strike on Monday over wage increases for rail workers. The strike brought the host City to a stand still causing long traffic queues and forcing commuters on to the road.

The union has also threatened to hold another strike on the day of the opening ceremony where Brazil will be playing Croatia in a bid to force the government to give in to their demands.

As Brazil makes last-minute efforts to put finishes touches to it’s preparations, the world will be watching to  see if the country lives up to the expectation that many had when the country won the bid to host the World cup in 2007.

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