Brazil’s footballing illusion can’t withstand the World Cup

When Brazil was awarded the 2014 World Cup in October 2007, FIFA president Sepp Blatter predicted it would have “a big social and cultural impact” for the country.

Brazil – winners of five World Cups in foreign lands – would finally have a chance to showcase the country that produced so many football superstars.

But the recent protests have shown that many Brazilians want social and cultural changes of a kind the World Cup cannot bring – and they want to make sure Blatter and the world know it.

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