The World Cup is closing in on its final chapters: semifinals on Tuesday and Wednesday, finals on on Sunday. The tournament is already leaving great sporting memories, but it’s also leaving a legacy of controversy over evictions and land seizures that made way for the event.
Authorities evicted residents in dozens of neighborhoods across Rio and other major Brazilian cities ahead of the tournament.
The evictions sparked protests from those who believe the mega-events serve primarily the interests of the wealthy.
And now the scenario is repeating itself as Brazil prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
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Brazil will face Colombia Friday for a spot in the World Cup semifinal. Everybody expects a tough game for Brazil and in a country where soccer is king, everyone has an opinion on the national team.
In Flamengo, one can see the majestic Sugar Loaf mountain, but nobody really pays attention to one of the most iconic sights in Rio. Here, it is the ball that gets all the attention. Amateurs, kids, everybody is playing soccer. And everybody has an opinion on the Selecao, the Brazilian national team.
Many, like Mateus Marquez Custodio, think the team will beat Colombia.