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Why Neymar, Scolari and Brazil All Face Unprecedented Challenges

Written by on June 18, 2013 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Brazil

When the 2016 summer Olympics was awarded to Rio de Janeiro in 2009 it was over two years after FIFA had confirmed Brazil as the host nation for the 2014 World Cup Finals. At the time anyone questioning the wisdom of having the two largest sporting events in the world hosted in the same country in just two years were pointed towards….to read more please click on the link.

3 responses to “Why Neymar, Scolari and Brazil All Face Unprecedented Challenges”

  1. Ed Gomes says:

    Scolari has to win or at least take it penalties in the final. He knows that he himself took over a manager who failed miserably in the Conf Cup in order to guide them to glory a year later.
    The world has changed. The European game has a lot more flair to it then yesteryear. Players are not only trained technically, but they also work in systems that allow them to accent their individuality.
    Brazil was always a show, now Europe has clubs/teams that can be decisive and put on a show.
    Neymar is a huge talent, and hopefully he’ll be able to grow. Unfortunately now it’s no longer just about football. Too many extra curricular activities come into play.

    I will like to point out that Brazil has been able to obtain such huge world wide competitions due to its tremendous economic growth. Unfortunately I feel it’s still come to early. Brazil is still trying to figure it all out. I know many rail against the waste of money that comes with these events, especially stadium costs. But in Brazil, those stadiums will not go to waste. Also people tend to forget that one of the big reasons to hold these events is for a country to build out its infrastructure, of roads, transit, hotels, even medical facilities. Portugal has stadiums that are beautiful that are being occupied by a 2nd division club, but a lot if good came out of the ’04 Euros.
    Sadly Brazil has wasted or corruption reared its ugly head and a lot of infrastructure has been left off the table. The populous itself has to hold some blame, but as always government tends to shoot wide of promises.

  2. Ed – wonderful synopsis.

  3. Ed Gomes says:

    Thank you Bobby.
    I recently read an article out of Brazil that’s troubling.
    We all know, or think we do, why the demonstrations are taking place. I think that we can agree that money has been pilfered/lost/wasted in the build up for the World Cup.
    But the article also goes on to say how nobody really knows what demonstrators are accomplishing. No real message is being sent or heard from them bits just violence, where more than a few crazies have taken advantage of.
    Brazil has very conflicting decisions to make. Rio has a famous saying “why do it today, when you can pay someone to do it tomorrow”. With the economic boom comes responsibility, and right now their leaders don’t seem ready, but I’m not sure the populous is either.

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