As the World Cup kicks off, the host country strives to overcome geography, climate and social unrest — all for the beautiful game. Here are the three biggest challenges Brazil faces to successfully staging the World Cup.
The pains of travel
A horse-drawn carriage travels along a street under a canopy of national flags of countries participating in the forthcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Porto Seguro. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Signs of Brazil’s readiness (or lack thereof) for the World Cup are obvious to most foreigners once they land. Forget the stadiums: major airports remain unfinished, whole terminals still shut down.
And there are the actual distances. Some teams will make journeys lasting more than three hours on their chartered planes. Brazil is big enough to be its own continent, and games will be played on all ends. The United States team will cover 7,152 kilometres during the group stage…
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