Germany beats Argentina 1-0, wins fourth FIFA World Cup

Germany wins 2014 FIFA World Cup becoming the first European team to win the trophy on South American soil.

Germany wins 2014 FIFA World Cup becoming the first European team to win the trophy on South American soil.

By Carmen Glover

In a fitting end to an exciting tournament, Mario Gotze, who entered the game as a substitute for prolific scorer Miroslav Klose, scored Germany’s lone goal in extra time to lead the team to its fourth FIFA World Cup Championship.

Mario Gotze scores lone goal to lead Germany to its fourth World Cup title.

Mario Gotze scores lone goal to lead Germany to its fourth World Cup title. Germany is the first European team to win the World Cup on South American soil.

This is the first time in World Cup history that a European team has won the trophy on South American soil. An eager crowd gathered at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, joining more than a billion viewers worldwide to witness the 2014 World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina that was decided in 112th minute.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was left bloodied after repeated hits but he soldiered on for his team.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was left bloodied after repeated hits but he soldiered on for his team, returning to the game after getting his bloody face bandaged up.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was phenomenal, defending the ball, fighting against brutal blows that left him bloodied. Schweinsteiger was upset when the referee refused to punish Argentina for its rough play but he returned to the game after his face was cleaned up and valiantly defended against Argentina, determined to play a decisive role in his team’s victory. German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove for the best 2014 goalkeeper.

Manuel Neuer wins Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper in 2014.

Manuel Neuer won Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper in 2014.

Germany and Argentina played to a scoreless first half, then a scoreless regulation game, although both teams came close to scoring too many times to count. The German team played somewhat disjointedly at first, before settling into its trademark high energy, defensive style of play, for which Argentina had few answers.

Germany's Football World Cup Team.

Germany’s Football World Cup Team.

As the stadium in Brazil came alive with a sea of mostly Argentinian fans, both teams played with a single-minded focus to win the 2014 World Cup and take the trophy home to their homeland. The German team came into the final match as heavy favorites based on its performance during the tournament, while the team from Argentina was motivated to win it all in Brazil, the country of their main nemesis.

Argentina's World Cup Football Team.

Argentina’s World Cup Football Team.

The game featured edge-of-seat action throughout and did not lack for rich entertainment value, wrought as it was with high emotions for the Germans who aimed to win a fourth title while their competitors aimed for their third. All of the top players from both teams had good touches on the ball, giving them different opportunities to score during the regulation period but somehow they all failed to score until extra time.

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Lionel Messi needs more talent surrounding him in order to lead his team to victory.

For Argentina, it will undoubtedly be a time of profound reflection and reorganization as they take steps to create a cohesive team rather than try in vain to focus exclusively on Lionel Messi. As the Germans showed so effectively, it takes a team to win the FIFA World Cup. Nothing less will do.–OnPointPress.net.

It’s Germany vs. Argentina in World Cup Final 7/13/14, Dutch win third place

Mirsoave Klose scored became a World Cup leading scorer when he scored his 16th goal against Brazil on Tuesday.

Mirsoave Klose, a prolific goal producer, became the World Cup leading scorer by netting his 16th goal against Brazil on Tuesday.

By Carmen Glover

Fresh off its total evisceration of Brazil on Tuesday, the German World Cup Football team is gearing up to do battle with Argentina for the World Cup trophy on Sunday, July 13. The World Cup Final will pit two previous World Cup winners against each other, with Germany having the edge based on its performance throughout the tournament and its precision-like style of play.

The pre-game commentaries will start at 1:00 p.m. and the game will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. on ABC. The Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 to take third place on Saturday.

Germany's Football World Cup Team.

Germany’s Football World Cup Team.

Expect Germany to come out in its trademark dominant form, with its players showcasing laser-like focus on their mission to secure another World Cup trophy.  Everything that the Germans have done so far in the tournament have been a precursor to the finale and they seem poised and prepared to go the distance and claim what they believe is their destiny and birthright.

Argentina's World Cup Football Team.

Argentina’s World Cup Football Team.

At the same time, despite Argentina going to extra time in their semi-final match against the Netherlands before eking out a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks, expect them to come out swinging against Germany in the Final. After all, there is a lot at stake for the Lionel Messi and his teammates, especially with the watchful eyes of Diego Maradona trained on them to see how they will perform. Leading up to the Final, Messi said the team was playing “The match of our lives for our country.”

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Lionel Messi hopes to prove his mettle and show that he is as capable as Diego Maradona in winning a World Cup trophy but he has a veritable wall of defense to penetrate with the Germans in order to achieve his goal.

The entire Argentina nation has been holding its collective breath since their last World Cup championship in 1986. It has been a long wait with destiny and this young team is eager to show that they can restore their nation to its football dominance. With Argentina having won two World Cups in the past, Lionel Messi has a lot to prove and his teammates are determined to help him win.

Based on performance, the 2014 World Cup trophy is Germany’s to lose. Even if the Argentinian team gives an herculean effort, Germany will win its fourth World Cup Championship in Brazil. Germany has carried itself as the team of destiny and it is difficult to imagine a scenario under which the players lose their composure and fall at the finish line. —OnPointPress.net.

Germany thrashes Brazil 7-1, Argentina/Netherlands winner next

Thomas Muellier

Thomas Muller began the onslaught against the Brazilians, embarrassing them at home with a lopsided victory to return to the World Cup Final on Sunday, July 13.

By Carmen Glover

In an outcome that should have surprised no genuine football purist, except perhaps for the total number of goals scored, Germany thoroughly embarrassed Brazil before a stadium full of shocked Brazilian fans, beating them 7-1.  Forward Thomas Muller began the onslaught early, scoring in the 11th minute of the game. His teammates continued the avalanche of goals with midfielders Miroslav Klose scoring in the 23rd minute, Toni Kroos scoring in the 24th and 26th minutes and Sami Khedira scoring in the 29th minute. A. Schurrle scored the other two goals in the second half. Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was flawless.

Germany's Football World Cup Team.

Germany’s Football World Cup Team.

The German team kept raining goals on the hapless Brazilian team mercilessly during the first thirty minutes of the game. The stunned Brazilian team looked nothing like the football powerhouse that fans of the game have come to expect. Oscar scored the lone, meaningless goal for Brazil in the 90th minute.

Speaking after the game, Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari described his feelings about the outcome as “the worst day of my life,” while David Luiz, who scored in two of the World Cup games wept and said he was “sorry” for the unfortunate result because he wanted to “bring joy to the people of Brazil who are suffering.”  Brazil’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar said it was time for the Brazilian team to “go home” to be with their families.

Heartbroken Brazilian fans weep at the traumatic sight of their team being demolished by a superior German team in the World Cup Semi-final game.

Heartbroken Brazilian fans weep at the traumatic sight of their team being demolished by a superior German team in the World Cup Semi-final game.

The German players and fans were advised to remain indoors until they could be provided with escorts from the stadium to keep them safe. Many pundits will say that the Brazilian players had an uphill climb since they were playing without their main star, Neymar, and their team captain, Thiago Silva. But the truth is that if the referees had been completely unbiased, Brazil would not have made it this far because the team was exposed in match after match as being porous. In all of the matches played to bring them to this point in the World Cup tournament, Brazil was the beneficiary of phantom penalty calls, among other egregious episodes of refereeing.

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Lionel Messi is playing with a chip on his shoulders, determined to show fans in Argentina that he has surpassed legendary player Diego Maradona.

There were many World Cup fans who were enthralled with the idea of the Brazilian team winning the sixth trophy in its history, with iconic hometown star Pele watching from the stands. However, the German players have made it clear from the tournament began that they are in it to win it all. Their brutal, well-coordinated, attacking style of play makes it difficult for any team to successfully defend against them, with one exception.

Robin Van Persie's iconic World Cup goal that decimated Spain in the first round.

Robin Van Persie’s iconic World Cup goal that decimated Spain in the first round.

The only team that they will not get a chance to play is Costa Rica from the CONCACAF region. The Ticos would have been their equal. Now Germany waits for the winner of the semi-final match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Does anyone expect anyone to really beat Germany? I don’t!

.–OnPointPress.net.

Brazil, Germany, to meet in World Cup Semi-final, FIFA rejects racism

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David Luiz’s fan base has grown with each World Cup game he has played due to his undisguised passion for the game, h is country and his faith. He plays the game with the same energy he displays in singing Brazil’s national anthem pre-game or praying mid-field after he scores.

By Carmen Glover

This 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil has featured a blend of football/soccer matches played against a backdrop of protests by Brazilian locals who are angry with the lavish spending for the tournament at the expense of infrastructure projects that they believe would benefit their country. While those protests have largely been kept away from World Cup lovers, the residue has permeated in some ways.

For instance, the news two days ago that two people were killed and ten injured due to a partial bridge collapse that trapped vehicles and passengers, gives credence to the pre-tournament allegations of shoddy work. These concerns need thorough investigations by FIFA officials to ensure that the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 tournament in Qatar meet standards. As those issues fade into the background, all eyes are glued to the exciting semi-final matches that indicate that FIFA World Cup 2014 is coming to a close.

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Neymar’s participation in FIFA World Cup 2014 came to an abrupt end on Friday when he was injured after being pushed to the ground by a player from Colombia. Neymar suffered a broken vertebrae.

Despite an inconsistent level of play during the tournament, Brazil is still standing and will face Germany on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN for a showdown to determine which team will move on to the World Cup Final. Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in the quarter-final match while Germany beat France 1-0. Brazil’s games so far have exposed weaknesses that have surprised many fans of the football powerhouse. It has also appeared, at times, that the host country has benefitted from questionable calls by the referees, which only fuel the perception that FIFA is corrupt.

Brazil's World Cup team.

Brazil’s  Football World Cup team.

Brazil lost its star player Neymar in Friday’s match against Colombia to a broken vertebrae after failed t score in the game despite scoring a total of four goals in the World Cup. But Neymar did not seem to contribute much to the quarter-final match, whereas Brazil’s team captain Thiago Silva and his childhood friend, David Luiz, stepped up and scored the two goals for the team. Silva will miss the semi-final match after earning his second yellow card of the tournament. Luiz has been making a huge contribution to the Brazilian team and has endeared himself to fans with his energetic pre-game rendition of the national anthem, exuberant celebrations of his goals and his mid-field prayers, pointing skyward as he communicates with his creator.

Some of the German players confer on the field.

Some of the German players confer on the field. Allegations of racism have plagued the team.

Germany, on the other hand, has been solid and generally focused on winning it all with its strong, tough, defensive, style of play. By securing its semi-final berth, Germany became the only team in World Cup history to make it to the semi-final in four consecutive World Cup tournaments, making it clear that the country is akin to a football dynasty. The German players tackle their opponents mercilessly, attack the ball aggressively and dominate with stifling defensive plays. But Germany lost many fans as reports surfaced about racist comments made by some of its star players.

Germany's Football World Cup Team.

Germany’s Football World Cup Team.

For years Germany has earned the respect of other countries due their dominant style of play but as the racism allegations plague their team it chips away at the luster the country has had in the World Cup and makes it difficult for non-Germans to support a team that seems to have so little regard tor other ethnic groups. It is unfortunate that the Germans continue to struggle with discrimination despite the country’s football prowess.

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FIFA celebrated Anti-Discrimination Day on Friday, July 4, 2014 by displaying “Say no to Racism” banners and reading statements by FIFA officials and team captains prior to the matches.

FIFA deemed Friday as “Anti-discrimination day,” and each team captain read a statement prior to both games, denouncing discrimination and racism in all forms. But Germany is not alone in having its team clouded by racism allegations. Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s and Liverpool’s infamous incorrigible biter, has been accused of uttering racist remarks. Meanwhile, fans in England, Italy and France are well-known for racist conduct that defies the boundaries of decency. One stark example is Italian fans regularly throwing bananas on the field at Italian star Mario Balotelli, in an act of vile racism that indicates that Italians cheer his talent but reject his ethnicity. Even in host country Brazil, there is an apparent emphasis on light complexion players and fans in the stadiums than their darker skinned counterparts.

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FIFA Vice President and Chief of FIFA’s Anti-Discrimination Task Force Jeffrey Webb.

FIFA Vice President and Chief of the Anti-Discrimination Task Force Jeffrey Webb has made it clear that racism and all forms for discrimination will not be tolerated by the organization. Lauding the NBA for its’ swift move to oust Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling after his racist rants, Webb said: on FIFA.com

“The NBA has set a new standard and I applaud them. They made a swift and concise decision. We need to do the same. We must have a zero tolerance,” Webb went on to say that teams and players should be banned from FIFA if they engage in any form of racism and discrimination.–OnPointPress.net.

 

World Cup Group of 16, Knockout Round, gets underway 6/28-7/1

Brazil's World Cup team.

Brazil’s World Cup team.

By Carmen Glover

An exciting, unpredictable, first round of the 2014 World Cup football (soccer to some) tournament ended with the USA team gaining entry to the Knockout Round of 16 while football powerhouses Ghana, Portugal, Italy, England and defending champions Spain made quick exits amidst a cloud of questions about their future. Will they revamp their rosters? Will they hire new coaches? For all the hype that surrounded Portugal’s Cristiana Ronaldo, dubbed the best player in the world, he was a colossal bust and seemed to be more concerned with preening than delivering for his team and his ball club.

Costa Rica's World Cup Team.

Costa Rica’s World Cup Team.

It remains to be seen what steps will be taken to make the early exiting teams more competitive for World Cup 2018. While the exiting teams sort out their next steps, the Knockout Round for the 2014 World Cup begins and excitement appears to be at a fever pitch, especially for the American team which has won new fans, after doing what seemed like the impossible by making it out of the Group of Death, and the Costa Rican team which emerged from the Group of Champions in first place, despite being the only team in that group that has never won the World Cup trophy.

The USA World Cup Team.

The USA World Cup Team.

The Knockout Round features 16 teams who will face fierce competition as each team tries to advance to the other rounds that bring them closer to the finals. The winning team will advance while the losing team will head home. No second match. No chance for redemption. The first match of the Knockout Round will feature Brazil taking on Chile on Saturday at 12 noon on Channel 7 while Uruguay takes on Colombia at 4: 00 p.m. In the meantime, perennial bad boy Luis Suarez, was banned for four months from all World Cup and football related events and fined $112, 000 for yet another biting incident, for which he seems totally unremorseful. So he will not play against Colombia and will not play in early games for his Liverpool club.

The Nigerian World Cup Team.

The Nigerian World Cup Team.

So far in the World Cup tournament, the African teams have not done well. Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon have returned home after poor showings, while Nigeria and Algeria are still in the mix. One of the problems this World Cup faces with perception is the total exclusion of English-speaking Caribbean nations, which is an issue that has garnered a great deal of attention and is expected to generate heated debate when the tournament ends. The schedule of the Knockout Round is as follows:

The Netherlands' World Cup Team.

The Netherlands’ World Cup Team.

Saturday, June 28, Brazil vs. Chile on Channel 7 and Univision at 12:00 noon, Colombia vs. Uruguay at 4;00 p.m. On Sunday, June 29, Netherlands vs. Mexico at 12 noon on ESPN, and Univision; Costa Rica vs. Greece at 4;00 p.m. Monday, June 30, France vs. Nigeria at 12:00 noon on ESPN and Univision and Germany vs. Algeria at 4;00 p.m. On Tuesday, Argentina vs. Switzerland at 12:00 noon on ESPN and Univision and USA vs. Belgium at 4:00 p.m.

If you have not had a chance to catch the matches so far, treat yourself to what will be an intense, nail-biting Knockout Round that will provide unmatched entertainment. Happy viewing! –OnPointPress.net.

World Cup begins as controversy swirls around Brazil, Qatar, FIFA

FIFA World Cup Trophy, Team, Players Wallpaper.

FIFA World Cup Trophy and players who will be participating in the tournament.

By Carmen Glover

Soccer fans around the world can finally borrow a line from rapper Fabolous or country singer Faith Hill and “Breathe!” Yes, the beautiful game of soccer, known around the world as football, will be on full display today, as the tournament opens on June 12 in Brazil. The World Cup is expecting to attract significant attention since it is being hosted in the country which has won the most titles, five in all, making Brazil soccer’s home.

Brazil's players line up for a team photo before their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match against Japan at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia June 15, 2013. (Front row L to R) Oscar, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Paulinho, Neymar, Luis Gustavo, (back row L to R) Julio Cesar, David Luiz, Fred, Hulk and Thiago Silva. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL  - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Brazil’s players line up for a team photo before their Confederations Cup Group A soccer match against Japan at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia June 15, 2013. (Front row L to R) Oscar, Dani Alves, Marcelo, Paulinho, Neymar, Luis Gustavo, (back row L to R) Julio Cesar, David Luiz, Fred, Hulk and Thiago Silva. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRAZIL – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

The Brazilian team, which is hoping to lead its country to its sixth World Cup, will play its opening game against Croatia at 4:00 p.m. in an unfinished stadium. The fame will be played amid protests from the Brazilian locals and controversy about corruption in FIFA and Qatar, the site for the 2018 World Cup. Despite the tumultuous period leading up to the World Cup opening day, FIFA President Sepp Blatter was re-elected to the top position this week, again proving that FIFA is its own fiefdom.

Sepp Blatter holds the FiFA Code of Ethics aloft after being re-elected as President this week.

Sepp Blatter holds the FiFA Code of Ethics aloft after being re-elected as President this week.

While discussions rage about the necessity for a revote in light of the corruption allegations about Qatar, Brazilian locals have been vocal and spirited in expressing their disgust with FIFA, the World Cup’s governing body, and the organizing committee in Brazil. Brazilians protested again on Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11, even as teams were arriving for the World Cup, in a sign that protests will frame the backdrop of the games this year. Some teams, including the US national team, cancelled their practice matches due to concerns about congestion and safety.

Protestors in Brazil are pepper sprayed by police officers on Monday, as World Cup teams arrive for the game.

Protestors in Brazil are pepper sprayed by police officers on Tuesday, as World Cup teams arrive for the game.

The protestors have argued that instead of investing the more than $10 billion in preparing to host the World Cup, the focus should have been placed on crumbling infrastructure, poorly funded education, transportation and social sectors. Also, they have suggested that rampant improprieties took place with the World Cup funding, because the results suggest that massive theft of World Cups funds occurred, resulting in incomplete stadiums and tournament facilities while the funds promised to local Brazilian projects failed to materialize.

Brazilians continue to protest against misuse of funds for stadiums at the expense of basic programs such as education, healthcare and transportation.

Brazilians continue to protest against misuse of funds for stadiums at the expense of basic programs such as education, healthcare and transportation.

To say the protests and controversy is an inconvenience for FIFA and Brazil is an understatement. After all, Brazil possesses the most World Cup victories of any other nation, and is universally regarded as the country which pioneered the style of play that is often described as exuding finesse and beauty. For the residents of Brazil to organize years long protests is the last thing that FIFA, its president Sepp Blatter, the Brazilian organizing committee and soccer fans would expect.

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Soccer legend Pele, regarded by many as the best soccer star to ever play the game, has been a member of the organizing committee in Brazil but has been just as vocal in expressing his disgust with the incomplete World Cup infrastructure, the protests and alleged theft of funds.

Brazilian soccer icon Pele incurred the protestors’ wrath recently when he stated that the protests should have been staged in 2007 when the announcement was made that Brazil would host the World Cup, rather than in the months and days leading up to the tournament. Still, despite the protests and anger that now add to the World Cup flavor, the Brazilian team is expected to lead their country to the World Cup trophy so the players have danced a fine line between supporting the protestors’ right to protest, while seeking their support as the games get underway.

Aftermath of flood in Brazil which caused the deaths of more than 9 people on the eve of the World Cup games.

Aftermath of flood in Brazil which caused the deaths of more than 9 people on the eve of the World Cup games.

This is by no means an easy feat, as the eyes of the world are trained firmly on Brazil, now privy to all the problems that were not as publicized in the past.On Wednesday, one day before the World Cup, severe flooding left more than nine Brazilians dead, according to Good Morning America, further complicating the feverish attempts to salvage the pre-game preparations.

Anti-government protesters demonstrate at the security perimeter two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza where Spain and Italy are to clash in their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 semifinal football match, on June 27, 2013. Riot and mounted police set up roadblocks on access roads leading to the stadium as several thousand young demonstrators peacefully rallied outside Ceara State University in Fortaleza Thursday, hours before the match. Nationwide anti-government protests in Brazil initially focused on a hike in transport fares before mushrooming to encompass a variety of gripes including corruption and the lack of investment in health and education as well as to denounce the high costs of hosting the Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.   AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA        (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-government protesters demonstrate at the security perimeter two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza on June 27, 2013. Riot and mounted police set up roadblocks on access roads leading to the stadium as several thousand young demonstrators peacefully rallied outside Ceara State University in Fortaleza. Nationwide anti-government protests in Brazil initially focused on a hike in transport fares before mushrooming to encompass a variety of gripes including corruption and the lack of investment in health and education as well as to denounce the high costs of hosting the Confederations Cup and next year’s World Cup. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, there has been no shortage of intrigue from some of the other participating teams. Striker Landon Donovan was dropped from the US team by its coach, former German soccer star Jurgen Klinsmann, Rossi was dropped by Italy while Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, still recovering from a leg injury, has voiced his certainty that his team will prevail to win it all. Stay tuned to OnPointPress.net for coverage of the World Cup and the  beautiful game of soccer.-OnPointPress.net.

Pele, Brazil, engulfed in turmoil, as World Cup tournament looms

Anti-government protesters demonstrate at the security perimeter two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza where Spain and Italy are to clash in their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 semifinal football match, on June 27, 2013. Riot and mounted police set up roadblocks on access roads leading to the stadium as several thousand young demonstrators peacefully rallied outside Ceara State University in Fortaleza Thursday, hours before the match. Nationwide anti-government protests in Brazil initially focused on a hike in transport fares before mushrooming to encompass a variety of gripes including corruption and the lack of investment in health and education as well as to denounce the high costs of hosting the Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.   AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA        (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Brazil as the World Cup nears.

By Carmen Glover

As soccer lovers wait impatiently for the World Cup tournament to begin in Brazil in June, reports continue to surface about the turmoil that has engulfed the host country due to deaths at construction sites, ongoing strikes by workers and outspoken comments by enduring Brazilian soccer legend and global icon: Pele, who has brought his country the World Cup championship three times and is now an adviser to the World Cup organizers

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Brazilian soccer legend Pele has accused the World Cup organizers of stealing the money that should have been spent on construction. He has been branded “a traitor” for  discouraging protests as the country prepares to host the World Cup games in June.

According to published reports, Pele has not been shy in voicing his outrage and disgust with his country’s poor handling of the preparations or accusing his countrymen of stealing the money allocated for the construction projects, resulting in the delays. Many of the stadiums that are slated to host games are still unfinished.  Brazil, which is regarded as the country that prides itself as the epitome of playing with finesse and charm is viewed as a mecca of soccer.

A boy holds up a banner as children sit at what is meant to represent a public school classroom, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup, organised by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) at the Jacarezinho slum in Rio de Janeiro May 14, 2014.  REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A boy holds up a banner as children sit at what is meant to represent a public school classroom, during a protest against the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on May 14, 2014.

Brazilians have been staging almost daily protests and telling soccer fans to stay home and refrain from going to Brazil to support the World Cup. Reports coming out of Brazil state that the residents are angry that money that should be spent on basic infrastructure and social needs are being used instead to build grand stadiums for the World Cup, while the citizens suffer. This has caused potential tourists and soccer fans to think twice about going to Brazil for the World Cup as they ponder their safety.

Members of Brazil's Homeless Workers' Movement (MTST), who are living at the "People's World Cup Camp" which houses some 2,800 families of the movement in the district of Itaquera near Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium, Arena de Sao Paulo, block a road during a protest against the World Cup in Sao Paulo, May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protest around the country.  REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL  - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP CIVIL UNREST)

Members of Brazil’s Homeless Workers’ Movement (MTST), who are living at the “People’s World Cup Camp” which houses some 2,800 families of the movement in the district of Itaquera near Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium, Arena de Sao Paulo, block a road during a protest against the World Cup in Sao Paulo, May 15, 2014. Brazilians opposed to the World Cup and the public funds spent on the construction of stadiums called for a day of protest around the country. -Reuters.

It is impossible for soccer fans to ignore the plight of the Brazilians or dismiss their struggles. After all, every citizen has a right to expect a good quality of life and should expect governmental officials to allocate the nation’s funds appropriately.

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Protests have continued unabated in Brazil as the World Cup nears.

BBC Radio reported earlier this week that workers labeled Pele “a traitor” because he discouraged them from going on strike during the period when the country is preparing to host the World Cup. But long before the workers went on strike soccer lovers expressed concern about Brazil’s slow pace with constructing the sites for the World Cup matches, leading FIFA president Sepp Blatter to share his own concerns.

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President is the face of the World Cup that is rife with controversy.

The turmoil that is roiling Brazil is the last thing that FIFA president Sepp Blatter needs as the days towards the tournament celebrating the beautiful game grow near. At the beginning of the year, Blatter did not mince words in assessing Brazil’s snail-like pace with preparations to host the World Cup.

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Brazilian protestors voice their concerns about misuse of government funds.

“It’s the country which is the furthest behind since I’ve been at FIFA,” he said, while also explaining that Brazil is the only country that had a seven-year period of time to prepare. However, the slow pace of preparation almost pales in significance to the concerns of the Brazilian residents who are exercising their right to protest. Their show of civil actions raise an important question: How would you feel if your basic needs were been ignored at the expense of a game that doesn’t benefit you?

People take part in the "Nao Vai Ter Copa" (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Brigadeiro Luis Antonio Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014. Brazil was bracing Saturday for a first wave of nationwide demonstrations against staging the World Cup after activists from the protest group Anonymous went on social media calling for action. AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL

People take part in the “Nao Vai Ter Copa” (You are not going to have Cup) protest along Brigadeiro Luis Antonio Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 25, 2014.

From all indications, the unrest and controversy that have engulfed Brazil’s preparations to host the World Cup have cast a pall over the games. This could ultimately dim the enthusiasm of soccer lovers, causing them to think twice about making the trek to Brazil, the heart of soccer, and opt instead to watch the games from the safety of their living rooms or sports bars. It would be hard to blame them, because safety comes first.  –OnPointPress.net.