When Brazil was announced host of the football World Cup 2014, all expected a big party. A country where football is a national passion, home of the jogo bonito. But many Brazilians questioned the mega-event.
They pointed out excessive spending on new stadiums while funds were desperately needed to improve the public health system and education. Not to speak of public transport.
The World Cup in Brazil mixed passion with social protest – kept under control by heavily arrmed police forces.