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FIFA says World Cup unfair demo target

Le 17 mai 2014, 06:40 dans Humeurs 0

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Anti-World Cup campaigners FIFA Ultimate Team Coins in Brazil have threatened demonstrations during the showcase tournament next month but FIFA insisted Monday that it would be an unfair target.

Insecurity and fears of a repeat of demonstrations last year involving hundreds of thousands of people have bedevilled the buildup to the World Cup already hit by stadium delays.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says Brazil has social problems and that new demonstrations cannot be ruled out but that people are wrong to say the $11 billion cost is a waste of money.

"When people are saying that we have put something into the World Cup that they could use for other projects, they're wrong," Valcke said on FIFA.com.

"The World Cup is a way to speed up a number of investments in a country.

"It is easy to criticise FIFA, it's easy to use the Confederations Cup or World Cup to organise demonstrations.

"But the target is wrong if the target is that FIFA are the reason for what?s happening in a country. If a country is bidding for a World Cup, it's with the idea of developing the country and not with the idea of destroying the country."

Anti-Cup protests have faded in recent months. But left wing and anarchist groups, who say the money could be better spent on health and education, have vowed to hold demonstrations during the World Cup which runs from June 12 until July 13.

The uncertainty worries many, alongside doubts about preparations.

The government will mobilize unprecedented security for the World Cup, deploying a record 170,000 police, troops and private security personnel during the World Cup.

Yet there has been an upsurge of social unrest in Rio de Janeiro, which will host seven World Cup matches, including the final.

The killing of a dancer last month in a slum area near the main tourist drag at Copacabana Beach sparked violent protests amid residents' claims the police were responsible for the death.

Since the start of the year, seven police units in so-called "pacified" Rio slums have been attacked in violence blamed on drug trafficking gangs. Six police officers have died.

- Stadium labour -

Brazil has labored to get its 12 stadiums ready. Six missed a December 31 deadline for completion and four are still not finished.

President Dilma Rousseff, targeting re-election in October's polls, has been busy inaugurating stadiums. But she has also acknowledged concerns about unfinished work in Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Cuiaba and Porto Alegre.

All of the stadiums were supposed to have 4G internet connections -- but the government itself admits to poor Wi-Fi access in half of the stadiums as well as to concerns over operations at airports in need of major upgrading.

"While Brazil does have experience of major works I have come across few things running so far behind as the World Cup," Lamartine Pereira da Costa, professor of Olympic studies and sports management at Rio's UERJ University and the University of East London told AFP.

- Low support -

Though Brazilians generally support the Cup, opinion polls show the proportion in favor steadily dropping, from 79 percent in 2008 to just 48 percent in an April poll.

Six years ago, 10% said they opposed the tournament, but that has risen to 41 percent today.

"Nobody knows what the scope of the protests will be," says Professor Da Costa.

"But it could be that two things will happen simultaneously: That the Cup is a great success -- along with a big protest reaction against the government."

"The big factor in Brazil's favor is the population, which always responds very well. Once the Cup starts, their reaction could be very positive," Da Costa said.

But protests could drag down the popularity of Rousseff, who current polls show as out in front with 35 percent of voter intentions and winning on a second ballot.

The last six months have seen her poll ratings slide by eight percentage points amid pallid economic growth and voter dissatisfaction over poor public services.

Rousseff says she will take the football results and events around the World Cup in her stride.

"Brazil could be champion and I could lose the election FIFA 14 Coins. Brazil may not get that far and I get re-elected," she mused recently.

Fifa World Cup fever spurs football nut to action

Le 16 mai 2014, 03:16 dans Humeurs 0

TIME TO KICK THINGS OFF: Stuart Cushing is organising FIFA 14 PS3 Coins a football tournament for Timaru to play during the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

The football World Cup will be played more than 12,000km away from Timaru, but that hasn't stopped one expat Englishman from capitalising on cup fever.

Stuart Cushing is arranging a four-team tournament to be played over the four Sundays during the Brazil-hosted event.

Cushing is hoping to get football fans from around the world to join one of the sides, made up from the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and the Rest of the World.

''It should be great fun and afterwards we can get together and watch a couple of games.''

Cushing envisages each team having a couple of practices before playing.

''We have put posters up at the (football) clubs, but are happy to have anyone sign up as four weekends might suit some people.''

Cushing is a self-confessed football tragic and in 2009 the die-hard Tottenham Hotspur fan set up the official New Zealand Spurs fan club for the north London football giants.

The coming tournament is running under the Tottenham umbrella and will use the Speights Ale House as their clubrooms.

Cushing has also imported a a replica of the World Cup trophy from the United Kingdom.

''It is the same size and weight as the real one.''

Registrations open on Wednesday night at the Alehouse and Cushing said teams will be filled on a first-come basis, with squads of 18 players.

For the real event, Cushing believes hosts Brazil will be the champions.

As for England, sadly he doesn't hold too much hope.

''The underdogs sometimes, but as long as they have a real go I'll be happy.''

Cushing has been to World Cup qualifiers in England and Europe, but not the event itself, however, it remains on his bucket list.

With the growth of interest in football in New Zealand among the kids, Cushing also intends to have his replica available during the tournament for anyone keen to have a fun photo with it.

There are 71 days to go until kick-off in the tournament opener when Brazil take on Croatia in San Paulo.

Anyone interested in FIFA 14 PS4 Coins playing locally can contact Stuart on 027 721 5243.

FIFA Is Holding The $11 Million World Cup Draw At This Lavish Resort In The Middle Of Nowhere

Le 15 mai 2014, 04:31 dans Humeurs 0

"This World Cup draw in Bahia may be the most ridiculous FIFA Coins boondoggle of all time," Sports Illustrated's soccer writer Grant Wahl said yesterday.

The 2014 World Cup Draw will be held Friday in Costa do Sauipe — an isolated luxury resort near the port city of Salvador.

There are no residents within a 30-mile radius of the resort, according to ESPN's Gab Marcotti. And some are criticizing the event and its price tag ($11 million) as the height of FIFA's over-the-top extravagance.

The resort features swan boats, turtles, horseback rides, and white sand beaches. It's lavish, particularly when you consider the national economic woes that spawned widespread cheap fifa 14 coins protests last summer.

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