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Der Spiegel’s World Cup-Themed Cover

Cover of German magazine Der Spiegel reads “Death and Games.” Article warns of the unmitigated disaster that might be the coming World Cup in Brazil, and details the failures in preparing for the World Cup that could make it a massive fiasco. It also details the very real safety concerns of German fans.



Cover is copyright of Der Spiegel ©2014

I found out today that FIFA only required 8 cities in Brazil to host the games, but the government insisted that it be played in 12 different cities, including some that have no first division teams. This insistence doubled the cost of the World Cup and is responsible for the white elephant stadiums that will never be used again such as the ones in Manaus and Brasília. This will also force fans to engage in lengthy travel to cities that have shoddy airport infrastructure. This isn’t going to be a World Cup to remember; it’s going to be a nightmare for those attending, and one Brazil will take decades to wake up from.


– Marcos da Rocha Carvalho


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