Brazil is the host for the 2014 World Cup, the 2016 Summer Olympics, this year’s Confederations Cup, and the most recent rallies and riots in the Brazilian nation from angry citizens who are fed up with decisions made by the government to pay for the country’s upcoming events.
Brazil has recently raised the price of public transportation within its country to help pay for Next summer’s World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games three years from now. A public representation of this would be the brand new stadium that Brazil has built for both of these events.
Many Brazilians are outraged with the heightened prices on public transportation and have taken to the streets in Brazil to show the government their disdain by conducting countless riots and protests.
This past Sunday Brazil defeated Spain 3-0 in the final of the Confederations Cup at the site of next year’s World Cup Final. In the midst of all the country’s outraged fans rioting, the Brazilian national team was able to capture their third straight Confederations Cup.
They did this while also defeating Spain who many had favored to win the Confederations Cup and is still currently ranked number 1 in the world. The Spaniards were riding a 29-game winning streak in competitive matches — dating back to their loss to Switzerland in the opening round of the 2010 World Cup.
But what is interesting here is the fans. In Brazil, everyone loves soccer. It is often said that in Brazil soccer is viewed as religion. And certainly some do take it that serious. But with the recent developments in the protests it is interesting to find that fans are still continuing to riot against the government.
But in all honesty, just like it does in every other sport, winning cures everything. The Confederations Cup isn’t the biggest win in the world, but it will certainly help get some pressure off of the back of the Brazilian government.
The government desperately needs their beloved Brazilian national team to capture next summer’s World Cup to help take some of the heat from the public. If Brazil were able to win the Cup next year then a lot (although not all) of their citizens would move past all of the issues with heightened public transportation and would return to fully supporting their national team.
After all, this is still the same Brazilian team that as of recent years has fallen way short of their potential. Brazil always has one of the most talented teams but lately seem to have been struggling mightily. They even fell all the way down to the 21st ranked team in the world.
But this year’s Confederations Cup has shown the world — and more importantly to Brazil — that they are still a force to be reckoned with.
Neymar played wonderful for his team in his first opportunity to shine in a senior tournament, earning the Golden Ball for best player in the tournament. Along with that they showed that they can beat the likes of Italy and Spain even without having some of their top players.
There is a whole year to come for Brazil to go after the World Cup, but they do have a very good shot of winning their sixth World Cup Championship. And they better hope that they do, otherwise these protests will just continue to get worse.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.