Category: Matt Scott
Published on Monday, 09 September 2013 13:02
From Abidjan to Zagreb this week, after the last of the FIFA World Cup group-stage qualifiers, football fans will have a pretty good idea about their nations' chances of playing at the finals tournament in Brazil next year.
What awaits those who travel to Brazil might not be the samba and carnival that has been promised by organisers but instead a protest against the corruption and cynicism that a maturing nation's growing middle class angrily rejects.
Even as Brazil defeated Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup in June, protestors and police exchanged Molotov cocktails and tear gas as Brazilians showed they can rise up 'All In One Rhythm' against corruption, using a World Cup that has cost BRL30bn ($13bn, £8.3bn, €9.9bn) as the catalyst. Since then the headlines exposing alleged fraud at the heart of the Brazilian football establishment have continued to flow.
Last month the former Brazil international Romario, now a deputy in Brazil's Congress, attacked the national football association, the CBF, as "one of the most corrupt institutions on the planet".
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