Since its inauguration in 1930, the Fifa World Cup has grown to become one of the finest sporting events in history. From Uruguay through to South Africa, and now
Brazil, this footballing spectacle has travelled all around the globe and has wowed fans with some magical experiences never to forget. And now with the tournament
being staged in Brazil, (the most successful side in World cup history) it should be an event worth looking forward to.
Defending champions Spain head into the games as favourites and will look to defend their trophy and rewrite history by being the first nation to win four consecutive
major tournaments. Host nation Brazil will also be going into the competition in very buoyant mood after they demolished World champions Spain to win the recently held
With talents such as Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Mesut Ozil on show and in peak form, this World Cup may well become the best of the bunch.But
before any of the footballing can be played there is a small matter of preparation and organization. Okay, I think I understated the importance. The planning of the
World Cup is the most important aspect of the tournament, but most football enthusiasts seem to play down its value.
The organization of the Brazil 2014 World Cup has been very average and very much behind schedule. Brazil won the bid to host the 2014 World Cup back in 2007, but
preparations for this summer’s show-piece is still ongoing. Fifa president Sepp Blatter recently voiced his frustrations at the 2014 organizers over their inability to
meet the supposed deadlines.
“Brazil has now come to realize that they started too late. They are the country who are the most delayed in terms of World Cup organization since I have been at Fifa,
even though they had such a long time(seven years) to prepare”, Blatter told Swiss newspaper 24 Heures.
The build-up to the tournament has also been threatened by widespread protests from the Brazilian locals, which was evident during the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Although the protests were said to be mainly peaceful during the time, there is a growing feeling that the protesters may use the upcoming World Cup to really make
Ahead of the opening match of the Confederations Cup many disgruntled Brazilians took to the streets to voice their discontent at the amount of money invested in the
World Cup preparation. FIFA president, at the time responded by saying the protesters should not use football to make their demands heard and that the public
expenditure on staging the event was for ‘items that are for the future and not just for the World Cup.
Though the demonstrations continued, the 2013 Confederations Cup was labelled a huge success, and was quoted as ‘the best ever Confederations Cup’ by Sepp Blatter. With
Brazil also hosting the 2016 Olympics, one might hope that this lackadaisical approach to the organization of the 2014 World Cup would not be repeated.
“I am an optimist, not a pessimist,” concluded Blatter in his interview with 24 Heures. “Football will be protected. I believe that the Brazilians will not attack
football directly. This is the sport’s home, it’s a religion.” Blatter continued by saying: “But we know there will be new demonstrations, protests. Last year, they
were born of social networks. There was no goal but, at the World Cup they will be more directed, more structured.
Let’s hope not!!