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World Cup infrastructure delay is “a joke” says Brazil assistant coach

Tuesday, January 28th 2014 - 21:58 UTC
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“We missed an opportunity to show the world what we can do in this country” said Parreira “We missed an opportunity to show the world what we can do in this country” said Parreira

A Brazil assistant coach says it is “a joke” that the country’s government took so long to begin the infrastructure work needed for this year’s World Cup which is scheduled to begin in June.

 Carlos Alberto Parreira said he believes the stadiums will be ready in time, but much of the infrastructure that will benefit Brazilians will not be finished until long after the tournament.

“We missed an opportunity to show the world what we can do in this country,” Parreira told Radio CBN. “We missed an opportunity to provide more comfort to Brazilians and to show a different kind of Brazil.”

Just seven of the 12 World Cup stadiums are ready for the event, which begins in June.

“We know the World Cup is about stadiums, but it’s not only about stadiums. Fans can’t live in a stadium,” the former world champion said. “They say everything will eventually be ready in 2018, 2020 … but we wanted it ready for the World Cup to try to change this view that the foreigners have about Brazil.”

“Rio will always continue to attract tourists. It’s a wonderful city,” said Parreira, 70. “I can’t think of a city that is more beautiful than Rio. But we all know that it could offer us a lot more comfort, a lot more safety and a better quality of life”.

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  • ilsen

    “We missed an opportunity to show the world what we can do in this country,”
    No, you showed the world your limitations. You showed the world exactly what you can, and can't, do.
    That's all. Love for the beautiful game is just not enough. Should never have been awarded it. I dread to consider the Olympics, although the stadia should be ready for the football by then...

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 12:14 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    We are what we want to be, by the time we want, the way we want. Because we are free and sovereign.
    When you begin to pay for my lunch, I promise to listen to your critics.

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 12:31 am 0
  • ilsen

    Yes, you are free to embarrass yourself.

    I'll buy you lunch if you like. Some of us do have disposable income. I frequently give to charity. What's yours called?

    Jan 29th, 2014 - 01:17 am 0
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