“Brazilians are the ones who will enjoy the least” – says Lucas Alegria about the World Cup


Lucas Alegria

Lucas Alegria

Generally, there are two ideas that come to people’s minds when thinking of Brasil: the one of the nation that has amazing natural views, the biggest rainforest, the samba rhythm that is contagious to everyone on the carnival and the happiest and most receptive people on the world; and the one who sees the country as a dangerous place, full of thieves everywhere, lots of favelas and people that speaks Spanish. As incredible as it seems, some people actually believe that Spanish is Brazil’s official language. As someone who live’s in Brazil, I must say that the way that people see the country is wrong. We have many more good things than what mentioned before, and, unfortunately, more problems than just violence and the lack of public security. The country also suffer from poor public education and health systems. Ironically, this is the same country that has been waiting to host one of the biggest events on earth: the FIFA World Cup.

As this is a very controversial subject to the world, it would be good to expose an inner point of view. Being so, I decided to interview Lucas Alegria, of age 20, which is Brazilian. This choice was made because even with his passion about soccer, he has a very interesting opinion on what is to happen next year. Lucas is at his sixth semester of studies at FEI University Center, where he learns civil engineering. As most of the Brazilians, he loves soccer and is very excited about the World Cup. But despite of his excitement, there is also a big concern.

When asked about his opinion if the country would succeed in the gigantic task that is to host an event of this scale, he said: “the Cup itself I believe will be a success, but the post World Cup will be a failure. We will inherit debts, stadiums and facilities left aside and forgotten. Facilities that were built with public money.” Clearly, this worries him. The majority of the Brazilians think of their government as a lazy and unserious organization, where most of the members are corrupt. This is where his fear from a bad succession to the event comes from.

According to his opinion, there are some other problems that may occur during the FIFA World Cup. “Principally on game days, when people will not want to work,” he says. Speaking of public security, he expressed to not believe in a proper solution from the police in case of protests and mass thefts, which are “likely to happen,” for example. And, despite knowing up close the public transport system of São Paulo, the city he lives, he believes that people are not going to complain about traffic jams and overcrowded stations, because everyone will be in a “party mood.”

Recently, the stadium set to be host of the very first game of the World Cup faced a sad event. Part of the East side of the complex was strongly affected when a crane fell over it, killing two workers that were on a break. Even after being said by Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s President, that this will delay the delivery date of the stadium until the middle of April, Lucas isn’t worried. “It’s easy and quick to deliver a project when the city council can take more money from public funds,” he said. “Besides, São Paulo has two other bigger and more modern stadiums that could host a World Cup opening,” he added.

By the way he sees it, “Brazilians are the ones who will enjoy the least, being the ones left with debts, the ones who spent money badly, the ones who suffered from corruption [as mentioned before, corruption is something that is expected by every Brazilian, no matter when], and, at the end, not even being able to go to our country’s game.”

All the investments made on the infrastructure of the cities where the games take place, the construction of stadiums, roadworks, airports and telecommunication systems are being paid with public money. But Lucas is positive about this, since he believes that this is going to “provide improvements to every participating city and also move the national economy.”

Talking about economy, he said that he’s in favor of the World Cup, however, investments should be chosen more carefully. “If [the country] made the necessary investment in other areas such as health services and education, this investment for the World Cup would not be a big fuss. The problem is that they have invested more in this event than in necessary areas such as those just cited.”

We’ll wait and see. Let’s hope that the 2014 Brazil World Cup provide’s everyone better memories than bad ones. After all, we can always solve everything with our famous “Brazilian way” of doing things.

Christian L. Bender

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