Please Brazil, LOSE the 2014 World Cup! I’m serious.
NOTICE: this is a version of the original post named Por favor Brasil, PERCA a Copa do Mundo 2014! Estou falando sério. This translation is a colaborative effort and you can improve it at Duolingo site. If you want to work to make corrections in this article (I would appreciate it), I ask you to go there rigth now: Original Archive to Colaborative Translation.
by Wallace Sousa, from the blog Desafiando Limites (blog Challenging Limits).
For someone who was born, grew up and always lived in the land of football, cheering for Brazil to lose the World Cup seems an insanity, right? But I will prove to you that it is not insanity at all, but proof of emotional maturity and the result of political awareness. If after reading my arguments you will still be cheering for Brazil’s sixth victory at the 2014 World Cup, I’ll understand. Perhaps it would be my mistake in not explaining properly and not having the ability to convince, not yours in failing to understand my reasons.
I have myself already been greatly disappointed with various kinds of sports, and realize that the Brazilian has a weakness, which makes him lose as soon as something big is involved: emotional fragility. I myself have been a victim of this weakness when I was playing in school championships. In decisive moments, it was common for my nerves to speak louder and lead to that basic “lock”, cold sweat, trembling knees and, of course, that uncomfortable feeling of butterflies in my stomach. Those who are the first to swear on twitter are those who have never experienced that.
Some situations and disappointments which marked me were the following:
when I rooted for Corinthians (in the last century, do not crucify me), my father took me to see a game at the football stadium. It was the city of Campinas, and the team that my father rooted for was Ponte Preta (or Guarani, I am now in doubt). His team lost and I was offering him my condolences, but I noticed that he was not too disappointed by it. So I, still very young, kept wondering, if that was something so important, as my father was not even paying much attention to the defeat;
some time later, I was very sad, upset and disappointed when the Corinthians lost the final game of the Campeonato Paulista (Brazilian League Championship) to São Paulo. I still remember well that Gilmar, goalkeeper of São Paulo, was making jokes and almost set me off. Talking to some people, who did not pay me much attention, dismissing my irritation, I reflected again if it was that important.
My last disappointment in football happened when Brazil was disqualified from the 1986 World Cup, if I remember correctly. After the defeat at the hands of France, I went out into the street disconsolate, in the end Brazil had once again lost the chance to be the first four-time champion. However, upon going out into the street and seeing other people, I was able to realize that they had gone on with their lives as if nothing abnormal had happened.
Hence, I stopped in the middle of the street, I swallowed my cries, I disguised the tears that wanted to surface and I realized something very simple but true: the defeat of the Brazilian team did not negatively interfere with anyone’s life. And if they had won that match, or even the World Cup, it would not have improved anyone’s life either because of it. That is to say, it didn’t improve the life of anybody who lives a normal life, but the same could not be said of the players, teams, global television networks, businessmen, and others who live from the alienation of the common people.
Look, I am not totally against football or sport itself. I even recognized and am exited about Corinthians’ victory at Libertadores (Liberators Cup). But, what am I against then? I am against the fanaticism, against the manipulation, and against the inversion of values that permeate not just Brazilian football but football worldwide. Fanaticism does not only generate the known and depressing scenes of violence in the stadiums, no sir.
There is much more prejudice involved in the history. What justifies a famous coach or player earning HUNDREDS of millions of reais and a university professor-doctor earning 10, 20, 30 times LESS? I’m not saying that the salaries should be equalized, but pointing out the absurd disparity and provoking. I ask you: who does more for the future of this country, a researcher trying to discover the vaccine for dengue fever or the coach of the team with the most supporters in Brazil?
Anyone who has become accustomed to reading my texts, must find it strange, why I put aside the playful and ironic way and antagonized the manipulators of duty (or opinion), but here the matter is very serious and I am fully aware that the actual future of the country is at stake. Therefore, this paper is a humble attempt of a rallying cry for what awaits us, and if possible, tries to minimize their detrimental effects on national soil.
Ultimately, there are many problems with this World Cup. And my reasons for cheering against Brazil in the 2014 World Cup are:
1. Public Money Well Wasted and Badly Employed
Any citizen from the first world who visits Brazil quickly realizes that the country needs urgent investments in infrastructures, education, health and public safety. To anyone who has already traveled out of the country and known other cultures, the feeling is the same. When I was in the United States, I kept asking myself: “why do things not work in Brazil”? The answer, which is simple and obvious, hurts my soul: the things here don’t work because those who could make them work have no interest in it.
Unfortunately, we have a political class that is made up of convicted, prosecuted, indicted criminals and even international fugitives of Interpol. As a certain person said on Facebook, in Arabic countries, thieves are amputated, while here in Brazil, they are made deputies. It would be a funny line, if it wasn’t a good reason to cry.
Well, the Brazilian public money, taken by the government at a nearly 40% tax rate from us poor taxpayers, would be much better invested, if it was used to improve the education of our people. But, why would our political caste want to improve the education of the people, right? Detail: politicians in Brazil do NOT like to pay taxes, only to collect them. Just to remind you, our politicians are the most expensive in the world, even without taking into account the money that they put into their stockings, underwear, and other equally unsavory places.
Why improve the health of the population? And why is the medicine we buy the most taxed in the world? Why? And our public safety? Most days it would be better to say our public insecurity. Many times we leave home not knowing whether we’ll come back. It’s all wrong: why do we have patients waiting for a consult in the corridors of the public hospitals while we put padded seats in billionaire stadiums?
Why were billions of reals worth of public works in São Francisco river were abandoned, leaving my fellow countrymen and their cattle dying of hunger and thirst in the Northeast? At the same time, millions of dollars are being spent to change the grass in the stadiums just because the field wasn’t green enough. The grass didn’t meet FIFA’s standards. That logic escapes me. And that ridiculous pile of beans, FIFA president Blatter, still complains about the boos that he received at the Confederations Cup? Piss off, Blatter…
Here another imbecile comes to mind, a donkey named Pelé to justify spending of public money on stadiums: does he need public hospital? Does he walk down the street without security? Does he depend on public schools for his children? And Ronaldo? He was another, who opened his mouth and made an unfortunate statement. The Phenomenon said that the World Cup wasn’t played with hospitals, but with stadiums! Of course, who doesn’t know that? But, what do we need? Stadiums? And what is our priority, what will make us a first world country? Football? Be serious!
And to those who think that the World Cup will pay itself back, just wait. You need only look to the example of South Africa, the 2010 World Cup host, and you will see the cursed inheritance that the all-powerful FIFA left there:
All of that money went directly to FIFA, the organizing body of the World Cup. Although South Africa is the host to one of the most lucrative events of the world, the effect of the World Cup on the country’s economy is limited, according to economists and businessmen. [...]
According to academics, the first is that an event like the World Cup, as a rule, does not bring many benefits to the country that hosts them with regard to the generation of wealth. [...] (emphasis added)
Source: Most successful in history, Africa’s World Cup has limited effect on the economy, Exame (Examination), accessed on October 25, 2013.
Unfortunately, we are seeing the wealth of our country being pillaged and wasted in order to feed a caste of privileged rats, while many lose, suffer, and even die because of that terrible inversion of values.
2. The World Cup is the state of the art Bread & Circus policy
First, let us understand what “Bread & Circus” means:
The politics of “Bread and Circus” (panem et circenses, in the original Latin) as it became known, was the means by which the Roman leaders generally dealt with the population, to keep them faithful to the established order and to win over their support. This phrase has its origin in the Satire X of the Roman humorist and poet Juvenal (who lived around the year 100 A.D.) and in its original context, it criticized the lack of information of the Roman peoples, who did not have any interest in political matters, and were only preoccupied with food and entertainment. (emphasis added)
My comment: Any coincidence with the Brazilian people is mere semblance!
Source: Policy of Bread and Circus, by InfoEscola, accessed 25/10/2013.
Some say that the Bread of these politics is the Programa Bolsa Família (Family Bag Program). In spite of the total discordance of this assertion, in practice it is seen that if a candidate claims that he will end the program, he will not have any chance in the polls. That way, the politician is tied to the promise of continuity and the people are hostages of the politicians who use it as the “official” platform to buy votes.
Although there is still a discussion on the subject of what is the Bread, Circo clearly identified: Brazilian football is undoubtedly the contemporary Roman circus. And nothing is more obvious than a government which approves of the Bread and Circus investing in that which brings them the greatest dividends, of course. If that, in itself, is not enough, football still carries a very ugly stain: money laundering and human trafficking. Look:
An investigation in more than 20 countries published last Wednesday concluded that the football industry is used by criminal gangs for money laundering and human trafficking.
Source: Football is used for money laundering and human trafficking, says study by BBC Brasil, accessed on October 25, 2013.
The American magazine The Economist has harshly criticized soccer for being a “money laundering and fraud machine” at the disposition of criminals, mostly because of the little interest the government and football authorities have in fighting this kind of practice. [...]
The magazine still cites other common practices in the football milieu, such as inflating the price of a player bought from a partner club, as a way to turn that cash in the coffer, which entered through means, that are let’s say, dubious, to be totally clean. Or at the same time announcing high salaries, but which in truth would only be paid in part. [...]
Source: What makes football a money laundering machine, by Trivela, accessed on October 25, 2013.
And since we know that many Brazilian politicians are extremely amicable to slush funds, it is suspected that the Lavanderia Futebol Club (Laundry Football Club) is also working full steam for this gang …
3. It is being used to mask and cover up diversions of funds
As it’s not a bad enough example to use public resources for uses that do not benefit the peoples most lacking and most in need of government support in essential areas such as education, health, public safety, and other equally important things, what we are seeing is an assault on the public coffers.
In the end, what justifies an over the top expenditure for the construction and renovation of stadiums? Still, what can be said when these expenditures, already absurd, double or triple? What’s the explanation? Is there a justification for this? No, there isn’t. Now, if a project was done and the value of the works doubled, why aren’t those who did the job held responsible? And if the problem was not execution, where is the investigation?
See the depressing point at which we have arrived, that many municipal and state governments, besides the federal government, give us reasons for shame, indignation, and disgust:
Adding to the cost of the works on the arenas is a jump of 43% from the initial forecast. The bigger part is that of the public investment, through the financing together with BNDES, more than R$3.6 billion.
The high cost of construction of 12 stadiums being used in the 2014 World Cup is one of the main targets of complaints from the protests which have taken hold of Brazil in recent days. No wonder, too: more than R$8.5 billion will be spent just on the stadium works. And all that money comes from public investments.
Source: Public spending on World Cup stadiums already surpasses R$8.5 billion, in LANCENET, accessed on October 27, 2013. (adapted)
Of the nearly R$8 billion which the 12 World Cup stadiums have cost up to now, R$5 billion had been financed from public resources. The arenas weighed mostly on the pockets of Brazilians.
From the total budget of R$8 billion for 12 arenas, R$4.8 billion came out of government coffers. Just the one in Brasília, Mané Garrincha, cost 1.43 billion reals, having as its main sponsor another billionaire, Maracanã.
Source: World Cup stadiums sucked more of your money, in Exame (Exam), accessed on October 27, 2013.
This World Cup is being considered the most expensive of all until now. But, why? Will it be for the benefit of the people? Please, don’t deceive me, because I don’t like it. To put the cherry on top of that big cake which the nation is getting, is that it will be transformed into a pineapple pie with cucumber at the end of the World Cup, we have the unfortunate declarations of that one who is considered the athlete of the century, “King” Pelé. Listen to what came out of this man’s mouth:
– Ten months now until the start of the World Cup. So destroying all of the stadiums won’t return the money. Unfortunately it will not work. So we will take advantage of this time that we have to collect money so that Brazil will produce so much tourism to repay the money that was stolen in the stadiums.
I ask you: is this a mouth or an uncovered gutter?
Source: Exclusive: Pelé asks Brazilians to forget about the money spent on the stadiums for the 2014 World Cup, in R7, accessed on October 27, 2013.
The stadium Mané Garrincha, for example, was estimated initially at 700 million, and it already has cost 1.7 billion! What justifies a contract being multiplied 19 (nineteen) times? Lack of planning? Incompetence in execution? Or the most obvious: cover-up of diversions? Read and see for yourself this excrescence:
Initially, the Mané Garrincha was estimated at R$696 million. According to TCDF, 19 additions occurred in construction. The court said that overpricing was identified in purchases and payments for services not executed, among other irregularities. [...]
Consider the richest arena erected for the World Cup, taking into account the expenditures for constructions already carried out until now and also the actual projections for the expenses in all stadiums. The amount that the Terracap — a public realtor agency controlled by the Federal District and by the Union — has already spent to finance the Mané Garrincha adds up to R$1.2 billion, according to the Tribunal de Contas do Distrito Federal (TCDF) (Court of Federal District Accounts).
Source: The most expensive of the World Cup, the arena of Brasília accumulates critics and irregularities, on BBC, accessed on October 27, 2013. (emphasis added)
Have I or have I not good reasons for cheering for Brazil to be disgraced at the next World Cup?
4. General increase of the cost of living in the country
If you thought those problems were already bad enough, I feel bad for you. There is still a lot of trash to sift through below that bridge. More than a few are seeing a significant increase in the prices of various services and products in Brazil. Incidentally, when selling in Brazil, it seems that everything has to be more expensive. In part to assist the religions yearnings of our politicians, who take a third of everything.
The arrival of the World Cup has fostered the worst to happen in Brazil. If Pele’s soft mouth translates the idological trash that dominates the Brazilian political class, the National Congress is the soccer star at putting into practice the Law of Gérson, who advocates “that everything should be taken advantage of.” Our politicians are so good at beating around the bush, appealing to the Supreme Referee to avoid the red card. One of the main stars of that team is Paulo Maluf, who until today calls the shots at Interpol. It’s like the scene in that movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, “Catch Me If You Can“.
Here’s a passage of an article that speaks about the various things that are absurdly expensive in Brazil. And what is worse: without reason:
We are becoming a country of smugglers. Of course. Take the case of the iPad. Here, in the USA or in Europe, it is imported. It comes from China. In theory, it should cost about the same in all countries, since shipping always costs more or less the same. But no. The basic version costs R$800 in the USA. Here the estimate comes out to R$1800. In the rest of the developed world it’s rare for the iPad to exceed R$1000. And that goes for anything. On one trip to the USA I went to buy a notebook which here costs R$5500 for $2300. Or a R$500 video game that exceeds R$2 thousand in supermarkets here. And what about cars? A Corolla 0 costs R$28 thousand. Reals. Here, it goes for more than R$60 thousand. And it is just as domestic in the USA as in Brazil. Toyota makes the car in both countries.
Why such a difference? First, taxes. Almost half of the price of a car (40%) goes to the government in the form of tributes. In the USA it’s 20%. In China too. In Argentina, 24%. The pattern repeats itself with other products. And there’s taxes. But alone, the taxes don’t explain everything. Another important reason for the disparity in prices is the search for status. Luxury markets have existed since ancient Egypt. But in our case it has become an aberration. Sneakers and clothes from popular brands out there are fine articles in the malls here, since the same pants that cost R$150 there go for R$600 in Brazil.
Source: Why everything costs more in Brazil, in Política na Rede (Politics on the Net), accessed on October 27, 2013.
Warning: prepare to see many things even more endearing, because of waste of public resources that should be invested in infrastructure (streets, bridges, railways, energy, etc.), research and technology and other areas that would get Brazil out of the logistical blackout and the technology setback in which we found ourselves. But what are our politicians doing? Spending our money. And wasteful spending at that.
Before you started reading, go back to when you were a child in the living room. You wouldn’t want for them to see you offending others’ mothers. There: each of the 594 Brazilian congressmen costs you, me, and our pockets a trifle of US$7.4 million per year. It is the second most expensive parliament in the world. It trails only the US legislators, which come to US$9.6 million annually.
My commentary: as a comparison is in dollars, the Brazilian politicians should be considered the MOST expensive in the world, because the American income per capita is approximately (2012) 4 times Brazil’s.
Source: Congress of Brazil is the second most expensive in the world, from the blog Josias, accessed on October 27, 2013.
But, why isn’t the population aware of all that? Because they are, now, screaming “Goal!” while the corrupt politicians fuck with the nation. Yes, that’s right: while you scream GOAL, Brazil sinks a little bit more into the mud of corruption. Is my rebellion reasonable or not?
5. The Cup in July, Elections in October: Dangerous Connections, Explosive combination
And, finally, my last reason for cheering — but think of a strong cheer — for the biggest disgrace possible for the “escrete carinho” (Brazilian soccer team). And no, I’m not averse to soccer, no sir. I even wrote a reflection comparing the victorious Church with football teams and their achievements. One of my favorite activities is doing the wave (mock up) with soccer fans, especially those of Vasco and Flamengo. As I have siblings who support both, let’s say that I have the best of both worlds (haha).
But, going back to the question of the politics of Bread and Circus, commented above, the six-time champion green and yellow will come in handy for those manipulators of political propaganda, enabling them to hit their target with little effort. Yes, in the end the Brazilian people will be anesthetized by the victory, they will forget about the spending on the stadiums, they will forget that our health and public safety are trash and they will go out to the streets to commemorate one more World Cup victory. They might even think that this justifies what was stolen in those stadiums, as well — or poorly — as the idiocy of what Pelé said.
In sum, if Brazil wins the 2014 World Cup, you can expect that in October the voters will confuse the polls with a toilet and take a shit inside, with certainty. And the result? More than four years of misery, theft, suffering, and maybe decades of lost development, thrown in the trash. Or in the polls that, at the end of the day, are the same. Finally, won’t electing one corrupt politician turn the poll into a garbage can?
However, a defeat, and better still if it be humiliating (yes, in that case I defend the politics of “worse is better”), will keen the sense of the people on the national maladies and the World Cup, instead of serving as a smokescreen for Brazil’s problems, will be the fuse that will light the dormant conscience of the green and yellow giant. Unfortunately, the recent protests, in which the population took to the streets, waving flags of #OGiganteAcordou (#TheGiantWokeUp) flickered out quickly. If the giant agreed in those days, it was just to go to the bathroom to piss and go back to sleep, as a colleague at work told me.
Another thing that makes me think — and worry — is the reliability of the electronic polls. Will the electronic result that we see be what was actually entered in the election booths? I have my doubts. I know that I will oppose Valmir raising those doubts, seeing as he works in Electoral Courts, but I also know that it’s not his fault.
The reasons for doubting our electronic electoral system:
Brasília — Experts criticized today (15) the fact that Brazil is the only country without a printed confirmation for each individual voter. During a meeting of the Senate’s Commission of Science, Technology, Innovation, Communications and Information (CCT), professors from the University of Brasília (UnB) and members of the Forum for Internet Voter Security said that the program used by the Higher Electoral Court (TSE) was not secure and argued that the electoral process should have a mechanism that also confirms on paper your electoral choice at the time of voting.
Source: Experts defend printed vote to recount the result of the election, in Agência Brasil, accessed on October 27, 2013. (emphasis added)
The printed vote has the important function of allowing the voter to verify, for himself, what was was registered as the vote by the electronic ballot box. That is important because electronic systems do not obey the operator, but the installed software. It doesn’t make any difference which candidate was chosen by the voter if the ballot box was programmed to register the vote for another person. With paper, the voter himself reads the candidates’ names, knowing that, at least there, the vote was registered correctly. Without the paper, the vote is unknown even to the voter.
Source: Why is the printed vote of an electronic ballot box important? in Portal Belmonte, accessed on October 27, 2013. (emphasis added)
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Try to sleep with such a din! Besides trying to make people that ballot boxes and toilets are different things, do we even have certainty if people do the right thing in the ballot boxes that some son of a devil won’t later come and screw everything up? However, if the country is going through a general dissatisfaction, it will be much harder to defraud an election, electing the same corrupt politicians as always.
Did you understand now why I want the Brazilian team to crap their pants in 2014?
It’s fully possible that you have read all of my arguments (although improbable, because the text is huge, it took hours of research and typing) and still you arrived here in disagreement with me. For you who disagrees with me and my arguments, do you know what I have to say to you? Thanks! First, thanks for reading my text. Second, thanks because you will probably write another text exploring that which I left out or which I didn’t discuss fully. And you know what will happen? It will promote a better descussion of the subject. And who will benefit from that? All of us! No, the corrupt will not benefit, they will lose from the discussion of these topics.
So only to remember the main points of my arguments and to be QUITE clear why I’m cheering for a Brazilian defeat at the 2014 World Cup. I am cheering so much to lose even to Argentina. And if it is a thrashing, better still! haha
Just the facts:
Who gains from the World Cup in Brazil?
1. FIFA: that organization never loses, it only wins. Everything — EVERYTHING — that is collected here, be it tickets, propaganda, merchandising, whatever, it will all be for that thing. They won’t even pay taxes. And when you have something at half-price, the government still will have to shoulder the difference. Being honest, I’m doubtful of that last part, but from what I read, it was something. And that points to another problem: the lack of transparency with what is collected and what goes to FIFA.
2. Contractors: It’s not any secret that the contractors are the primary financiers of the political campaigns. Why is that, huh? Why? Who benefits from these billion dollar projects and other infrastructure project in surrounding the stadiums? And who are the proponents of these building sites? The politicians! Which politicians? Could it be those financed by the contractors? Well …
3. (Corrupt) Politicians: Not to be raining on the wet, but if you swap the actors in the roles above you’ll get the scheme of things. Why would a contractor finance the campaign of a politician? Because he believes in his ideals, in his ideas, in his promises? hahahahahahahaha: who believes a politician’s promise, huh? If it’s not for that, what would be the reason? IT’$ the same.
4. Speculators: the speculators are those who “invest” their money in situations that can be classified as volatile, inconstant, or ephemeral. In other words, wherever they’re handing out profits, there they are. But, the problem is that that type of investor doesn’t do well in just any country, whether it is called “speculative capital”, a kind of capital that seeks to take advantage of a certain situation, and doesn’t bring any benefits for the local economy or for the sector in which it’s invested. If I were to call them parasites, would you understand the meaning?
In short: who gains from the World Cup in Brazil? Corruption. And I don’t know if you know, but if is someone is winning in soccer, it’s because someone is losing. Football is like this: When one wins, the other loses (obviously). Tell me then, who loses from the World Cup in Brazil? Who? Who? Who? Find out reading here.
Who loses from the World Cup in Brazil.
Just to summarize: me, you, your neighbor and the little finger. In other words: I, you, your Raimundo and everyone.
Who loses with the Cup?
1. Society, which sees its tax money flowing down the drain.
2. The people most in need, who lose the quality of services to meet their needs.
3. The public accounts, which will be looted and bled to satisfy FIFA’s greed and its minions’, who come to Brazil only to shave the stadium ticket stubs. And they unfortunately have the chutzpah to say that FIFA gave us better stadiums, roads, etc. Really, Blatter? Brazil would be a better place without your kind and all that you represent.
And about FIFA, I recorded a video saying what I think of it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to say much of anything in few words. On the contrary, I said few things in many words (haha). But, so that you don’t need to waste your time watching me, I will resume here: Brazil does NOT need FIFA. For nothing. Brazilian soccer, maybe because of the mafia of CBF, needs them. But Brazil, the independent country and sovereign nation, does NOT need ANYTHING from FIFA. Nothing.
In truth, it’s FIFA that needs Brazil, this nation of 200 million inhabitants and avid consumers of the brands sponsored by FIFA. And if Blatter does something stupid (ok, redundancy), and Brazil decides to boycott ALL products sponsored by FIFA, he will see that it’s good to think about it. My video is this one here:
Look, finally, as much bad as the World Cup will bring to Brazil, and such little good, I wouldn’t want for a volcano to erupt in the middle of a stadium, for a bolt of lightning to strike the head of Galvão Bueno (ok, one little shock of lightning maybe… just to keep him from speaking for a few days) or for something bad to happen to the fans, to the Brazilian national team, to the tourists or even to the stadiums — which also will be, briefly, known as white elephants.
Nor am I praying for some misfortunate to hit Blatter and his cronies (or bums). What am I asking for, my God? Only that Brazil loses the Cup. But lose well done. Just that! Nothing more, but also nothing less than that. Seriously, folks, it that too much to ask?
Please, agreeing, disagreeing or strongly against (haha), I ask that you share, comment, swear, rate, etc. Everything that you can do to help in the spreading of this article. Tip: click on +1, share on facebook, on twitter and wherever else you can (and want). Commenting will also help a lot.
And, if you understood everything that I wrote, accompany me in this positive thought for the future of the country and cheer also for the defeat of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup, so that our nation can be different from the one that we see today.