Since entering the Local Organising Committee for the World Cup, a little over two years, the former star Ronaldo was a tireless preacher of optimism about the event – recorded federal government campaigns, promoted the tournament abroad and even appeared in a famous advertisement by Brahma dressed as Uncle Sam in green and Yellow, which mocked the people who doubted the success of the event. On Tuesday, however, Ronaldo changed his tune and publicly lamented the grip to complete the stadiums on time.
By the original schedule, Brazil committed to delivering to FIFA the World Cup stadiums ready by December. In this period, however, only 80% of the works were completed. FIFA now states(and hopes) that they will be 100% ready in March and April. But regarding the infrastructure works around the stadium, nobody at FIFA bets on a real date for the end of the works.
Even Jérôme Valcke, who served as FIFA’s cranky French in the preparations for the event, tried to lift the ball for Brazil in the recent past. “It is very difficult to understand why, in a country that lives and breathes football, a few people continue to see only negative aspects, even if there is nothing negative,” wrote Jérôme one year ago, in a text published on the FIFA website. Announcing the maintenance of Curitiba among the twelve stadiums last week at a seminar in Florianópolis, Valcke was the personification of bad temper, distilling bitterness at each statement of the commitments – not met – by the Brazilians.
By the view of the respondents on a poll by Veja, the organization of the World worsened at all repeated questions from the previous survey. In 2011, 79% said the country will leave a negative image in the Cup, now nine in ten think the balance will be bad for the country.
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