Thursday, July 15, 2010

World Cup Pressure Moves to Brazil

As the next host of the World Cup in 2014, Brazil is already under pressure to present the tournament.

The challenges faced by Brazil are similar to the ones South Africa had to overcome before this year's World Cup — high crime rates, a huge disparity between rich and poor, long distances between cities, and a need for extensive new infrastructure.

FIFA criticized South African organizers for the country's lack of preparation ahead of the 2010 World Cup, but the nation came through and was ready in time. FIFA president Sepp Blatter eventually awarded South Africa a score of nine (out of 10) for its hosting of Africa's first World Cup.

Now it's Brazil's turn to get ready for the WCup
Associated Press
July 14, 2010