World Cup 2014: 7-1 was the least embarrassing number for Brazil | Comment is Free

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has come to an end. The football has been some of the most entertaining we’ve ever seen in Fifa’s top competition but, apart from expensive stadiums and a 7-1 defeat to Germany, what will its legacy be?
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Carla Dauden argues that Fifa have taken their money and will now run off to Russia in 2018, with ordinary Brazilians left behind with the same social problems they have always faced.
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She says the fanfare of the competition, and the cheerleading of the media, distracted people from the real issues: the widespread poverty; the crackdown by a newly-militarised police on the protesters; low-paid jobs; deaths of construction workers working on the stadia; forced evictions and citizens being denied even basic human rights.

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Special thanks to ANCOP – the National Articulation of the Popular Committees of the World Cup

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