Dispelling the Top 4 Cliches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Locally, there will be a lot of politicking among political hopefuls in Brazil. The General Election will be held in October of this year and will see Brazilians vote for the Presidency, National Congress, State Governors, and State Legislators. Politicians will no doubt try and tap into the mood of the country and use the World Cup for their own political ambitions.  Former World Cup Winner turned politician Romario, who has been a huge critic of how the tournament has been organized and of FIFA, has already claimed that Brazil has lost the World Cup “off the pitch.” One way or another the upcoming World Cup will see a lot of political jostling.

The soccer at the World Cup will hopefully be played with the spirit that embodies the style and flair of the host nation Brazil.  If there are the expected protests at the World Cup, Brazil have a leader in Luiz Filipe Scolari who can tap into the feeling of the nation, galvanize the team, and rally his country to a World Cup triumph. The Seleção themselves can be a uniting force and provide a symbol for all of Brazil to get behind.  The team will be lauded if they triumph, but the disenfranchised will separate any success on the pitch from the troubles that preceded the tournament and will lay the blame firmly at the door of FIFA and the bureaucrats if they haven’t done so already.

There will be a carnival atmosphere and the soccer will be treasured by the fans.  FIFA, however, in all likelihood won’t feel the love. Still, Sepp Blatter and company can probably draw comfort from another potentially huge profit from a commercially successful World Cup.

There are plenty of stories, clichés, and words that’ll be said or rehashed, in the run up to the World Cup. Can Brazil banish the pain of 1950? How useful will goal line technology be? Will the Brazuca be up to scratch? Can Luis Suarez top his save in the 2010 World Cup? Will the curse of the Nike ad strike again?

There’s plenty to talk about but don’t take things at face value. There’s always a little more to the World Cup than meets the eye. That said keep on talking, keep on debating, enjoy your soccer, and most of all bring on the World Cup!

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