The dark side of the World Cup

May 8, 2014

Personnel work on the construction of Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. The southern Brazilian city will host matches during this year's World Cup despite serious problems in the renovation of its stadium that put it on the brink of becoming the first venue ever to be kicked out because of delays, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Tuesday.
Credit Denis Ferreira Netto / AP Photo

This week, our focus turns to Brazil. The country is set to be in the international spotlight this summer as the World Cup comes to Brazil. But not everyone in the country is pleased with what else comes with the responsibilities of putting on one of the world's largest sporting events. Protests took place last summer during a World Cup warm-up tournament, with demonstrators expressing anger over the amount of money being spent to bring the games to Brazil. The country is rapidly trying to improve infrastructure and finish construction projects before the games start in June, but preparations have been slow going, and some are still worried that the games won't go off without a hitch. Some journalists, even, have expressed concern about covering the World Cup, citing unsafe conditions for them in Brazil.

Our guests:

  • Mikkel Keldorf, a Danish journalist who dreamed of covering the World Cup in Brazil, but just left the country recently over safety concerns, among other issues
  • Lucy Jordan, a British journalist based in Brasília, who has contributed to the New York Times and the Independent
  • Mauricio Savarese, a Brazilian journalist based in São Paulo who has covered sports for the soccer magazine FourFourTwo, as well as other issues for Reuters